Panthers Open 2006 Shutting Down Rollins, 8-0
MELBOURNE, FL- The Florida Tech baseball team opened their 2006 season with a victory against Sunshine State Conference rivals Rollins College. Tech’s
offense was led by junior outfielder Jon Baksh (Mississauga, Canada) who went a perfect 4-4 while scoring two runs and driving in three RBIs. Three of his
four hits went for extra bases, two doubles in the third and sixth, and a triple in the fifth.
Junior shortstop Steve Condotta (Mississauga, Canada) scored three runs for the Panthers and drove in two. He also smacked the Panthers first homerun of
the season in the third inning.
Tech took the early lead in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff single by senior third baseman Bryan Stanton (Merritt Island, FL), Condotta reached
first on a fielder’s choice. The next batter, Jon Baksh, singled up the middle to put runners on first and third for senior first baseman Devin Hopkins
(Pembroke Pines, FL) who connected for a double, driving in the base runners.
Tech scored one in the third on Steve Condotta’s solo homerun and four runs in the fifth. Tech’s first run of the inning came off two Tars’ errors, letting
sophomore outfielder Nick Brennan (Detroit, MI) cross the plate while leaving Stanton and Condotta on first and second. Baksh cleared the bases with his
triple, notching the score at 6-0. Junior DH Eamonn Powers (Staten Island, NY) later drove in Baksh with a single up the middle.
Tech scored their final run of the game in the sixth inning. Stanton reached with one out after being hit by a pitch and Jon Baksh drove him in with a
Junior pitcher Jay Crouse (Naples, FL) received his first win of the year. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while walking two and
fanning out seven. The Panther’s bullpen held the visitors hitless the last two innings of the game. Senior pitcher Mike Succio Jr. pitched the eighth
inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Junior pitcher Matt Woods (Lake Hamilton, FL) threw for the final three outs of the game, getting
Rollins to go down in order.
With the non-conference win, the Panthers start the season 1-0, while Rollins goes to 0-1. Tech hits the road this weekend to play SSC rivals St. Leo
University in a three-game non-conference series.
The Panthers are home again next Friday hosting Palm Beach Atlantic. The game is scheduled for 2:00 pm. On Saturday the 11th the Panthers are holding their
2006 Annual Alumni Day. This year the Panthers will be honoring former Tech player Tim Wakefield, former coach Les Hall, and former coach Andy Seminick by
retiring their jersey numbers. This is the first time Florida Tech will be retiring numbers in baseball. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. prior to the
first pitch of the game.