After scoring 10 runs in the final three innings of game one Sunday, Florida Tech scored 10 runs in two innings Monday and hung on for a 13-10 win at Barry in the series finale. The Panthers had 14 of the 29 hits in this game.
Raul Quintero carried the big bat for the Panthers on Monday, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. He had a two-run single in Florida Tech’s seven-run eighth inning.
As they did on Sunday, Barry jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice against Panthers starter Colin Cristello. They would add three more in the third in what was a hard-luck defensive inning for the Panthers. Catcher Ryan Sinzenich attempted to cut a runner down at second on a steal and the throw was wide, allowing a run to score. Later, Paul Salata hit a hard ground ball to second that Jakob Newton tried to corral with a sliding stop. Unfortunately, he kicked the ball and it rolled away into foul territory, allowing another run to score. It was scored a triple and the visitors were down 5-0.
Cristello was done after giving up five earned runs in three innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four, throwing 39 of his 65 pitches for strikes. Jordan Murray pitched the next three innings, allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out one. He threw 35 pitches, 20 for strikes.
Florida Tech (19-28, 11-16 SSC) started their comeback in the top of the fifth against Barry starter Isreal Cordero. Kevin Capella and Newton drew back-to-back walks. One out later, Jonathan Hernandez relieved Cordero. The first pitch he threw was ripped by Vincenzo Catanza, plating two runs. Later in the inning, Quintero laid down a perfect bunt, resulting in an RBI single and a 5-3 score.
Catananza started the seventh off with a double and went to third on a single by James Gronberg. That prompted another Barry pitching change, with Armando Gonzalez coming in. Quintero greeted him with a rocket that went over the head of Jonathan Quintana and tying the game at five. The Panthers took the lead when Jacob Buser singled home Quintero, who was running on the play. With that, the Panthers took a 6-5 lead.
Panthers reliever Justin Barney (2-1) pitched in and out of trouble in the seventh inning, stranding Buccaneers at first and third and getting the Panthers to decisive eighth inning that saw them send 10 men to the plate and score seven times.
With runners at second and third, Catanza walked to load the bases. Gronberg’s RBI walk was followed by Quintero’s two-run single, stretching the lead to 9-5. Quintero forced a bad throw from the catcher on his steal of second, resulting in another run and a 10-5 lead. Daniel Szpik had an RBI single and that was followed by a two-run jack off the bat of Sinzenich, making it 13-5. Capella, who started the inning with a walk, ended it with a groundout.
A two-run homer off the bat of Salata in the bottom of the inning made it 13-7 and Baldwin made a game of it with a monstrous three-run bomb over the center field wall. The ball hit the roof of the gym entrance behind the wall and traveled close to 450 feet. All of a sudden, it was 13-10.
Panthers closer Drew Beyer gave up a double in relief of Barney, but he was able to retire the final two batters and give the Panthers the victory.
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Florida Tech will end the regular season with a three-game series at Rollins, starting on Thursday. First pitch in that game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. There will be single games on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 1:00 p.m.