WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic extended their winning streak to seven games Tuesday as they defeated Winona State University by a 10-2 score. The win improves the Sailfish to 13-6 on the season as they pounded out 17 hits on the night, and allowed just six Warrior hits, which were all singles.
Sean Horner started on the mound for the ‘Fish and battled some control issues but still managed to complete 3.2 innings while allowing just one earned run. Horner struck out four Warrior hitters and allowed just two hits.
The Sailfish scored in the first inning to take the lead as Andrew Calderone singled to right field, plating Evan Dougherty, who singled to left field on the first pitch he saw. Dougherty’s single extended his hitting streak to 18 games. The ‘Fish added a run in the second inning on a Warrior error.
PBA was able to open up the lead in the fourth inning, as Bobby Brennan and Marcos Perez led off with back-to-back singles. A Dougherty sacrifice fly plated Brennan, and a Noah Johnson double scored Perez. The final and most exciting run of the inning was scored by Jake Summey, who stole home with two outs to extend the lead to 5-1.
Brennan tripled to right field in the fifth inning as the ‘Fish added three more runs. Dougherty and Johnson also added RBI singles in the inning. The final two Sailfish runs were scored in the seventh inning, as Perez led off with a single, Summey doubled to right field, and pinch-hitter Connor Rowland singled to center field.
The Sailfish got some good relief pitching from their bullpen on the night, as Kyle Polaski (Win, 2-0) threw 2.1 scoreless frames, striking out three batters and allowed just two hits. Freshman Blake Beyel threw a perfect seventh, needing just seven pitches to get three ground balls to the first baseman. Justin Hernandez threw a perfect eighth inning, striking out two hitters. The duo of Zack Borsa and Eli Bottenfield picked up the final three outs of the game for the ‘Fish.
Johnson had the lone three-hit game for the ‘Fish, while six other hitters picked up two-hit games.
The Sailfish will be back in action on Friday, March 10 as they travel south to take on Palm Beach County rival and No. 16 ranked Lynn University in a 2:30 p.m. start. PBA defeated Lynn University at Roger Dean Stadium on Feb. 7.