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May 7/2017

Horner's One-Hit Shutout Leads to Sunday Split With Rollins

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic and Rollins College split a doubleheader on Sunday, as the Sailfish took game one 6-0 as Sean Horner one-hit the Tars. Rollins scored an unearned run in the ninth inning to take the final game of the series 5-4. The Sailfish finish their season with a 27-23 record.

Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 6, Rollins 0

The first game of the day belonged to Horner, who was making the final appearance of his Sailfish career. Horner took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before allowing a one-out single to Peter Nicoletto. Horner retired the final two batters of the game to complete his shutout, allowing just the one hit, and striking out eight Rollins batters. The complete game is Horner’s first of his career, and the only Sailfish complete game this season.

The Sailfish scored one run in the third inning to open up the scoring, as senior Sean Visconti drove in Jake Summey on an RBI ground out. The ‘Fish added another run in the fourth inning on a two-out triple by Summey.

The runs were all Horner needed on the day, as the senior set down the first nine batters of the game, and later retired 11 hitters in a row.

The Sailfish padded their lead in the eighth inning, as senior Peter Rivera drove in a run with a single to left field. Eddie Vicinanza later tripled to right field to drive in two more runs. Vicinanza came around to score on a Summey sacrifice fly to give the ‘Fish their 6-0 lead.

Summey and senior Noah Johnson were the two Sailfish to have multi-hit games, as both finished with two hits in the first game of the day.

Game 2: Rollins 5, Palm Beach Atlantic 4

The Sailfish and Tars played a back-and-forth final game of the series, with both teams holding leads.

The Tars got a run in the top of the first, but the Sailfish were quick to answer, as Johnson was hit by pitch, and later came around to score on a Visconti single. The ‘Fish added a run in the second inning on a Summey double to open up a 2-1 lead.

The score remained 2-1 until the fourth inning, when the Tars scored two runs to gain a 3-2 advantage.

Christian Denton entered the game in the fourth inning, and retired all seven batters he faced on the day. Senior Zack Borsa threw the seventh inning Sunday, and after getting into a jam, struck out the final two hitters of the inning to minimize the damage and keep the ‘Fish within striking distance.

The Sailfish entered the eighth inning down 4-2, and began the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. Rivera then chopped a single to left field to drive in two runs and tie the game. The ‘Fish were unable to plate any more runs however, and entered the ninth inning tied 4-4.

The Tars scored an unearned run in the ninth inning, which ended up being the deciding run in the series finale.

Evan Dougherty, Visconti, Rivera, and Vicinanza all finished with multiple hits in the final game of the season for PBA.