Baseball Outslugged in Loss to PBA

Baseball Outslugged in Loss to PBA
Bryant Elliott watched his fifth homer of the season pull the Bucs within a run Tuesday. Photo by Joel Auerbach

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Barry dropped a 13-5 non-conference game to Palm Beach Atlantic Tuesday night at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

The Buccaneers (15-18) trailed 4-0, but scratched out a run in the third and fourth innings before Bryant Elliott blasted his fifth home run of the season in the fifth to pull Barry within a run. But the Sailfish (16-14) exploded for six runs in the sixth to open the floodgates.

Barry had 11 hits, but stranded 13 runners. PBA pounded 17 hits off four Bucs pitchers.

T.J. Mullins, making his first start of the season, suffered the loss. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks, while striking out four. PBA's Andres Lopez picked up the win in relief. He worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and three walks, while fanning five.

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth, Barry opened the top half of the inning with a double to left from Tim Blackmon. Following a Sailfish pitching change, Blackmon advanced to third on a passed ball. Sam Halpern's sacrifice fly to center scored Blackmon to cut it to 4-2.

Elliott led of the fifth with a solo shot that carried over the 400-foot wall in center to pull the Bucs within a run. But PBA sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring six runs on five hits and a couple errors to break the game open.

Elliott was 2 for 4 with a solo homer. James Young was 3 for 5 with a double to bump his average to .277 this season. Michael Slabach went 3 for 4 to spike his average to .337.

Palm Beach Atlantic's Luis Mejia was 4 for 5 with an RBI. Matt Perkowski was 2 for 6 with two RBI, and Nick Natale collected three hits and drove in two runs in four plate appearances.

Barry will host Rollins Friday at 6 p.m. to open a three-game weekend series in a return to Sunshine State Conference play.