WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball split a doubleheader with Eckerd College Friday, taking the first game 7-2 before dropping the finale by a 6-2 score. The Sailfish improve to 25-18 with the weekend-series victory while the Tritons now sit at 15-23 on the season.
The Sailfish will play St. Thomas University on Tuesday night in Miami Gardens, Fla. at 6 p.m. The ‘Fish will then be off next weekend before hosting the University of Tampa on April 28-29 at Rubin Park.
Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 7, Eckerd 2
PBA got off to a shaky start in the first game of the day, as the Tritons got two runs on three hits in the first inning off Sailfish starter Tyler Hawks. The runs were the only ones that the righty allowed on the day however, as he finished with four innings pitched, two strikeouts, and a no decision.
The Sailfish got one run back in the first inning, as Evan Dougherty doubled to left center field, and after being sacrificed to third, came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Sean Visconti.
The ‘Fish took the lead in the fourth inning, as Andrew Calderone and Peter Rivera singled with one out to set the table, and after a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Johnson, some craziness on the bases led to two Sailfish runs. With the bases loaded, Johnson was picked off first base, but stayed in a rundown long enough for Calderone to score from third before Rivera was thrown out going to third. Then Jake Summey singled to center field, scoring Rivera, but Eddie Vicinanza was thrown out on the bases to end the inning.
The ‘Fish extended their lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning as Kyle Simon led off with a double to left field, and later scored on a wild pitch.
The big blow of the game came in the seventh inning, as Visconti singled and Connor Rowland was hit by pitch. Both came around to score on a two-out single by Calderone to put the game out of reach.
Kyle Polaski (Win, 5-1) threw five strong innings out of the pen, finishing the game for the Sailfish. Polaski struck out four hitters along the way and allowed just two hits.
Two Sailfish hitters finished with multi-hit games, as Calderone and Summey finished with two hits each.
Game 2: Eckerd 6, Palm Beach Atlantic 2
For the second consecutive season, Sailfish hitters could not figure out Dillon McCollough(Win, 5-3), as the lefthander threw a complete game in the finale, striking out five Sailfish hitters and allowing just one earned run.
The Sailfish allowed single runs in the first and second innings, as the Tritons got two hits in each inning, and scored both runs with two outs. Josh Turner (Loss, 2-3) settled down from that point however, as he finished with six strong innings, allowing just those two runs.
Eckerd took a commanding 5-0 lead in the seventh inning, as three Sailfish relievers allowed three runs in the inning.
The Sailfish grabbed their first run of the game in the eighth inning, as Visconti singled home Summey with two outs.
The Sailfish entered the ninth inning down 6-1, and as they have done so often recently, put up a fight in their last at bat. Calderone led off with a single to center field, and advanced to third with two outs as Mac Hessney reached on an error. Summey singled to right field to plate Calderone but that was all the ‘Fish could manage, as they fell 6-2.
Visconti and Dougherty finished with two hits each in the game for the ‘Fish.