Tech Sink Clippers with Double-Header Victories
MELBOURNE, FL- The Florida Tech Panthers dominated the visiting Concordia College Clippers to in both games of the double-header; Tech won the first game
12-1 and the second 11-3. Junior Jon Baksh (Mississauga, Canada) went a combined four for eight at the plate including a double and homerun while driving
in three runs, scoring two, and stealing a base.
Sophomore Nick Brennan (Detroit, MI) also helped lead the Panther offensive. He went a combined four for eight at the plate while scoring three runs and
driving in three. Brennan was very aggressive on the base paths, stealing three bases on the day.
Senior Mike Succio Jr. pitched a great first game for the Panthers. In seven inning of work he allowed six hits, one run, and two walks while striking out
six batters. Freshman Mike Piazza finished the game for Tech. In his two innings pitched he allowed two hits, no runs or walks, and struck out one.
Tech jumped out early in game one, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Jon Baksh singled in senior Bryan Stanton (Merritt Island, FL) in the
first inning. In the second the Panthers scored three runs on four hits including a double by senior Chris Pond (Cary, NC) and a wild pitch by the Clipper
pitcher. Tech extended their lead by four more runs in the third inning on three hits including a double by senior Randy Pitts (Melbourne, FL).
Concordia scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second sophomore Peter Dempsey (Brewster, NY)
smacked a single down the left line, scoring the runner on second.
Tech answered back with two more runs in both the fourth and seventh inning. At the end of the game the score stood 12-1 in favor of the Panthers.
The home team continued their dominance in game two. As in the first game they jumped out to an early, insurmountable lead in the first two innings. In the
bottom of the first the Panthers scored one run. Bryan Stanton led off the inning with a single to left field. He advanced to second on a single through
the left side by senior Paul Stone (Dayton, OH). After stealing third base Stanton came around to score on a single by senior Devin Hopkins (Pembroke
The Panthers added five more runs in the second inning on five hits and a Clipper error. The Panthers’ first two batters successfully reached base on a
single and a walk. The next batter, Nick Brennan, laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners into scoring position; after an unsuccessful
fielder’s choice that scored a run and put Bryan Stanton on third Paul Stone knocked a two-run double to left center. Jon Baksh followed suit with another
double, this time down the right field line. Baksh reached third on a single by Devin Hopkins and scored on an error by the Clipper first baseman. Hopkins
would also score in the inning.
Concordia scored two of their three runs in the third inning but Tech answered back with a run in the fourth (homerun by Baksh), and two runs in both the
fifth and sixth. The final game concluded with the score standing at 11-3 in favor of the Florida Tech Panthers.
The Panthers improve to 10-6 on the season. Concordia falls to 6-4. The final game of the three-game series will be played tomorrow at 12:00 pm at the