WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball won their second consecutive game on Tuesday evening, defeating No. 17/18 Nova Southeastern University by a 4-3 final score. The Sailfish received some stellar pitching on the night, as Mitchell Carroll (Win, 1-2) threw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, and Joey Hennessey picked up a six-out save on the night, his eighth of the season which sets the PBA single-season record. The Sailfish improve to 23-17 with the victory, as the Sharks fall to 24-13 with the loss.
Sailfish starting pitcher Blake Beyel got out of a jam in the first inning, as he got Jeremy Vasquez to ground into a double play, and got a two-out fly ball to right field which was caught by a diving Jake Summey. The Sailfish threatened to score in the first inning after two Shark errors, but were unable to come away with a run as Devin Meyer (Loss, 4-3) pitched out of the mess.
The Sharks got all three of their runs on the night in the second inning, as Beyel ran into some command issues in the frame. Beyel settled down however to throw a scoreless third inning before being relieved by Carroll.
Kyle Simon began the bottom of the fourth by lining a double down the left field line. Andrew Calderone followed with a single through the left side, and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Mac Hessney. Eddie Vicinanza came through with a big two-out single to center field which plated two Sailfish runs.
The fifth inning was very similar, as the ‘Fish found themselves with two outs and a runner in scoring position tied 3-3. It was Calderone this time who came through, as he singled to center field to give the Sailfish a 4-3 lead.
It was all pitching from that point forward, as Carroll threw four innings, and allowed only two hits. Carroll struck out two hitters and didn’t walk any Shark batters. Hennessey pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, striking out one Shark hitter and not allowing a hit.
Meyer takes the loss on the day, but registered a complete game, throwing eight innings and only allowing three earned runs as the Sharks finished the game with six errors. Meyer struck out seven batters while only allowing one walk.
The Sharks only registered five hits in the game as the Sailfish recorded six. Sebastian Diaz for NSU and Calderone for the Sailfish were the only players in the game with multi-hit performances.
The Sailfish will play host to Eckerd College this Thursday and Friday for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday and noon on Friday.