Visconti Breaks PBA Hit Record in 4-0 Loss to Sharks
April 7, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
DAVIE, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic University was shutout by the No. 16/20 ranked Sharks of Nova Southeastern Friday evening, losing their sixth game out of their last seven, and falling to 21-16 on the season. The Sharks improve to 24-11 on the year with the 4-0 victory.
The Sailfish threatened in the first inning, as Evan Dougherty led off the game with a sharply-hit single to center field. With one out, Sean Visconti line a single to right field, moving Dougherty to third base and breaking the PBA record for career hits as the hit was Visconti’s 237th. The Sailfish were unable to plate a run in the first however as Shark starting pitcher Matt Hardy retired the final two hitters of the inning.
The Sharks did all the damage they needed to do on the night early, as Kevin Suarez doubled off the center field wall to plate two runs in a three-run first inning. NSU added a run in the third inning on an Andrew Liberty double, which extended their lead to 4-0.
Palm Beach Atlantic threatened in the second and third inning, but hit into a double play in both frames to end their scoring chances.
Both pitching staffs dominated the rest of the game, as four Sailfish relievers combined for 4.2 scoreless innings, and Hardy shut down the ‘Fish on the night, throwing eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits, and striking out seven Sailfish hitters.
Kyle Simon had the only extra-base hit on the night for the ‘Fish, as he doubled down the left field line in the eighth inning.
Josh Glick threw a perfect ninth inning for the Sharks to lock down the win, needing only 11 pitches in the scoreless frame.
Both teams picked up seven hits in the game, as Dougherty was the lone Sailfish hitter with multiple hits on the night.
The Sailfish and Sharks will be back at it tomorrow, as they will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.