Sailfish Pound 15 Hits in 9-5 Win Over Barry
April 4, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball entered Tuesday’s game in search of their first win in over a week. The Sailfish ended their five-game losing skid with a 9-5 victory over South Florida rival Barry University. The win clinches the season series over the Bucs as the Sailfish have taken three out of five this season against Barry. PBA improves to 21-15 with the win as the Buccaneers fall to 16-19.
The Sailfish opened up the first inning with four straight hits, as Evan Dougherty, Eddie Vicinanza, Sean Visconti, and Kyle Simon all singled. The Sailfish scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to get a lead for starting pitcher Blake Beyel.
Beyel, starting his first game of the season on the mound, threw into the third inning and was relieved by Christian Denton. Denton (Win, 3-2) had an impressive outing against the Bucs, as he threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out a pair of batters.
The middle of the Sailfish order was at it again in the third inning, as Visconti clobbered a high fastball, sending it over the left field fence for his fourth homer of the season. Connor Rowland doubled to left field later in the inning, and came around to score on a Peter Rivera single.
The ‘Fish added another run in the fifth inning as Rowland led off with a triple to left field and scored on a Rivera sacrifice fly. Kyle Polaski entered in the sixth inning, and ran into some trouble, as the junior allowed two runs on three hits. Polaski settled down however and threw a scoreless seventh inning to hold the Sailfish lead.
Simon extended the Sailfish lead to 9-5 with his team leading eighth home run of the season. It is Simon’s third homer against Barry this season. Visconti scored on the Simon homer after lining a double down the left field line. The double was Visconti’s 20th of the season, which tied the PBA record for doubles in a season. The hit also ties Rob Pregnolato for the PBA career hits record with 236.
Tyler Hawks got the final six outs of the game to seal the victory for the Sailfish. Hawks allowed just one hit in his outing, and struck out the final batter he faced.
The Sailfish pounded 15 hits in the game, as Visconti led the way with four of them. Rowland added three hits on the night, and Vicinanza and Simon had two hits apiece.
The Sailfish will be back in action on Friday, April 7 as they travel south to take on No. 16/20 Nova Southeastern University.