MELBOURNE, FL- The Florida Tech Panthers won the first game of a three-game Conference series today against Nova Southeastern. The game went down to the
wire and with two outs, the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, Tech managed to put it away, winning 11-10. The game featured only a half
inning where the offense went down 1-2-3 in order.
Juniors Jon Baksh and Nick Brennan led the offense for the Panthers again today. Baksh went 4-6 at the plate with a double and a homerun, two runs scored
and two RBIs. Brennan went 3-4 at the plate with a double, a run and an RBI. Both Panthers managed to steal a base as well.
Senior Mike Succio Jr started the game for the Panthers. He managed to pitch 6.1 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking
out two. With the win he received today he improves to 7-3 on the season. Junior Jody Danca relieved the starter and picked up his third save of the
season. Danca went 2.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.
The game went back and fourth for most of the game. Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Nova answered back in the top of the fourth
with a run to tie the game. The Panthers retook the lead in the next inning, only to see the Sharks take a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth.
The Panthers seem to break the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits to take a 6-3 lead. Tech’s first three batters had two
singles and a walk to quickly load the bases. The next batter, junior Steve Condotta, smacked an RBI single to third base, leaving the bases juiced for the
next batter. The following two Panthers hit RBI infield ground balls, scoring two more runners. Tech forced their last run of the inning on a single by
senior Randy Pitts.
Tech’s lead was not safe however, and the Sharks answered back with three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game again for the third time.
The Panthers took the lead again in the bottom of the inning, scoring one on an RBI double by Nick Brennan.
Tech mounted another four-run inning in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Jon Baksh set the pace for the inning with a leadoff solo homerun over the wall in left center field.
The game seemed all but over in the top of the ninth. Tech had a five-run lead with two outs and two men on, but the Sharks fought back. They received a
walk to load the bases, and then had three consecutive hits, the last one a double. In the two-out rally they managed to score four runs, but they fell one
short. Tech recorded the last out of the game, and the win, on a grounder to the Panther first baseman.
Tech and Nova began playing the second game of the doubleheader but the game was called in top of the fifth due to lightning. They will finish the game
tomorrow, as well as play the rubber match of the series. Game three is scheduled for 1:00 pm, and the completion of game two will start before that.