MELBOURNE, FL- The Florida Tech Panthers found themselves on the losing end of today’s defensive match against visiting Flagler College, 3-1. The Saints
pitcher, freshman Austin Donmoyer (Pine Grove, PA), threw his first complete game of the year. He went nine innings and allowed 10 hits, one run, and two
walks while striking out four.
Panthers’ starting pitcher, freshman Mike Piazza (Port St. Lucie, FL), also had a good outing. He pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits and three
runs, two earned, while striking out six opponents. Junior pitcher Jody Danca (Naples, FL) pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed only a
single walk while striking out two Saints.
Tech scored their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the second. Senior Devin Hopkins (Pembroke Pines, FL) led off the inning with a homerun
over the left field wall.
Flagler answered back in the fifth inning. The leadoff batter, junior Mike Scott (Jacksonville, FL), started the inning with a single down the left line.
He advanced to second on an infield groundball and with one out he scored on a double down the right field line by senior Chris Guerra (Fremont, CA).
Guerra would later score on a balk by the Panther freshman pitcher, giving the Saints the lead, 2-1.
In the seventh inning the visitors scored their final run of the game.
Mike Scott led off the inning with another single, this time on a groundball in between the shortstop and third baseman. He advanced to second on a
sacrifice bunt by junior Ben Floyd (Port St. Lucie, FL), who reached first safely on a throwing error by the Panther pitcher. Scott reached third on
another sacrifice bunt and with two runners in scoring position senior Randy Miller (Jacksonville, FL) drove a deep fly ball to left field, scoring Scott.
Senior Randy Pitts (Melbourne, FL) went a perfect 4-4 at the plate. Junior Eamonn Powers (Staten Island, NY) was the only other Panther with multiple hits
in the game. Powers went 2-4 on the day.
With the loss the Panthers fall to 21-15. Flagler improves to 27-16. Tech hits the road for the next week and a half, visiting Florida Southern for a
three-game SSC series this weekend. They also travel to Palm Beach Atlantic next Tuesday for an evening game before hosting Barry University next weekend.