The Florida Tech Panthers (14-11, 5-6 SSC) lost their second straight game to Embry-Riddle on Saturday, getting only two hits in an 11-0 loss. It is the fourth consecutive loss overall for FIT, who had won nine in a row before this recent slide.
Blaise Maris had both of the Panthers hits in this game, a single in the second inning and a bunt single in the fifth. He was the only Panther to dent the scoreline of ERAU starter Garrett Goodall (4-0) who went the distance, walking two and striking out four. He threw 97 pitches.
Colin Cristello (2-2) got the start for Florida Tech. The Eagles got to him for three runs in the third inning, highlighted by Jake Malone’s two-run home run.
Cristello ran into more trouble in the sixth, walking Kirk Sidwell to start the inning. Luis Olivier followed that with a two-run shot, making it 5-0. A Zach Howard single, and a wild pitch ended the day for Cristello. Justin Barney came out of the ‘pen for the Panthers to finish the inning.
Cristello went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out one, throwing 87 pitches. Barney allowed four more runs in the seventh. Sidwell, Olivier, and Howard all had RBI singles and the fourth run came home on a wild pitch, making it 9-0.
The Eagles (16-10, 5-3 SSC) last two runs came in the bottom of the eighth, against Panthers reliever Matt DiNenna. Malone tripled and came home on a Kyle Guttveg single. Josh Reynolds drove in the final run of the day with a single of his own.
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The series finale is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.