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Panthers Win Streak Reaches Nine Behind Marzheuser Gem

The Florida Tech Panthers (14-7, 5-2 SSC) won their ninth straight game Friday night, beating 19th-ranked Nova Southeastern 7-1 in the first of three games in Fort Lauderdale. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Sharks.

Andy Marzheuser pitched six strong innings en route to his third win of the season, and Jacob Buser went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, as the Panthers outhit the Sharks 9-8.

Devin Meyer (4-1) got the start for NSU and got through the first three innings without allowing a hit. James Gronberg changed that, starting the fourth with a single. Later in the inning, Gronberg would swipe second base, giving him 60 career steals as a Panther. That put him in fourth place on the Panthers all-time list.

A diving play on a ball hit by Jakob Newton to left field resulted in an error and allowed Gronberg to score the first run of the night for the Panthers, giving them a 1-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Marzheuser was rolling along, throwing a four-pitch inning in the bottom of the fourth and retired 10 in a row, that ended with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when Daniel Irisarri got a bunt single that hit the third base bag.

An error allowed Gronberg to reach starting the sixth. A single by Buser got Gronberg to third. He would score on a sac fly by Dylan Owens. A double by Blaise Maris and a single by Brett Parrish capped a three-run inning and gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead.

Marzheuser (3-1) would finish the sixth without giving up a run. The Sharks had six hits against him, and he struck out five. He threw 58 of his 76 pitches for strikes. Jake Lane took over on the mound to start the seventh.

Lane would get a strikeout for the second out in the seventh, but the batter reached on an errant throw to first in an attempt to complete the strikeout. That led to the Sharks only run of the night, as Garrett Wolforth’s double got the home team on the board.

Another error got the Panthers started in the ninth. It was the third NSU miscue of the night. The fourth error later in the inning would get the run home, making it 5-1. Back-to-back RBI singles by Buser and Owens made it 7-1.

Lane would finish the night striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth, securing his first save.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Nova Southeastern Box Score

The series wraps up on Saturday with a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m.