WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball was firing on all cylinders Thursday night, as they defeated Eckerd College 9-1 to win their third consecutive game. The Sailfish allowed just four hits, turned four double plays, and pounded seven extra-base hits on the night. The Sailfish improve to 24-17 with the victory as the Tritons fall to 14-22.
Sean Horner got the start on the hill for the ‘Fish, and fired a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts to start things off. The ‘Fish took control of the game early, as Connor Rowland singled to center field with one out, and Sean Visconti doubled to right field which advanced Rowland to third. Kyle Simon then proceeded to chop an infield single to third base, scoring Rowland. Andrew Calderone came up and drove a ball to deep right center field, doubling home two runs before being thrown out at third base. Peter Rivera began his night with a double to left center field, and scored on a Triton error to make the game 4-0.
The game stayed 4-1 until the bottom of the third inning, as Horner induced double plays in the second and third innings to escape trouble. Simon led off the third inning with a triple to deep center field, and scored on a Calderone RBI ground out.
The Sailfish put the game out of reach in the fifth inning, as Visconti led off with a single, and Simon walked with nobody out. Calderone doubled in the first run of the inning to make it 6-1, and Rivera followed with a three-run homer to left field into gusty winds, making the game 9-1.
Horner (Win, 4-3) pitched into the seventh inning, as the senior allowed just one unearned run on four hits. Zack Borsa came in and struck out a Triton hitter to end the seventh, which began the stellar bullpen work for the Sailfish. Justin Hernandez struck out the side in the eighth inning, and Eli Bottenfield pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory for the ‘Fish.
Visconti finished the night with three hits, including his 21st double of the season, a new PBA single-season record. Simon finished with two hits and three runs scored in the game. Calderone and Rivera both finished 2-for-4 on the night, as Calderone drove in four runs and Rivera drove in three.
The Sailfish and Tritons will return to Rubin Park tomorrow for a doubleheader, beginning at noon.