The Florida Southern Moccasins won both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, beating the Panthers 6-3 and 4-1. Florida Tech has now lost three in a row, after Friday’s 15-2 loss to FSC.
Florida Tech managed just four hits in game one, the first came in the fourth inning, a single off the bat of Daniel Szpik. They managed just three hits in game two, against J.J. Niekro.
Panthers starter Rhett Willis lasted just three innings in game one, allowing two earned runs on six hits. Willis ran into trouble in the bottom of the third when Omar Villaman got his team on the board with an RBI single. Logan Browning’s RBI groundout made it 2-0.
Florida Southern starter Thomas Spinelli was cruising along until the fifth inning when he gave up a single to Rodnie Bernard to start the inning. After striking out the next two batters, Spinelli ran into the Panthers leading home run hitter in Jacob Buser, who launched one over the right-field wall, tying the game at two.
Jordan Murray took over for Willis in the fourth and went into the sixth with the game still tied, that is until Hayden Marze drilled a solo shot over the left field wall, giving the Mocs’ a 3-2 lead.
The home team got to Murray again in the seventh, with two singles. Matt DiNenna then took the mound in relief and he was greeted by Browning’s two-run triple, extending the FSC lead to 5-2. They added a run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Panthers final run came in the top of the ninth. Kevin Capella led off with a single and later scored when Jakob Newton hit into a fielder’s choice.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Florida Southern Box Score (Game 1)
Niekro was outstanding in game two, pitching eight innings of three-hit baseball. He struck out six Panthers.
Florida Southern (32-4-1, 15-6 SSC) scored in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Marze. The Panthers would tie things up in the top of the third when Jakob Newton walked and later scored on Tyler Brown’s groundout.
Florida Southern took the lead for good when Browning doubled with one out in the fourth and came home on a single by Villaman. Villaman’s 2-run homer in the sixth completed the scoring in a 4-1 game.
Andrew Beyer (3-4) gave up all four runs, allowing nine hits and striking out five. Sam Crocker pitched 1.1 innings and Colin Cristello got the final two outs in the eighth.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Florida Southern Box Score (Game 2)
FIT (14-24, 6-12 SSC) will host Saint Leo in a three-game weekend series, which starts with a 6:00 p.m. game on Friday night.