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Panthers Pound Out 15 Hits in Win Over Bobcats

Vinny Catanza homered in the Panthers win over Georgia College on Friday. Donny Rieber Jr | Sports Lowdown

The Florida Tech Panthers won their second consecutive game Friday, beating the Georgia College Bobcats 7-4 in a non-conference game played in Milledgeville, GA.

FIT (16-12) had 15 hits as a team in this game, led by Rodnie Bernard and Brett Parrish, who both had 3-for-5 nights at the dish. James Gronberg had two hits and scored twice, while Blaise Maris and Vinny Catanza each had two hits. Catanza had the only Panthers home run.

Andy Marzheuser had another stellar outing for the Panthers, striking out 10 Bobcats over his seven innings of work. Marzheuser allowed six hits and one walk, throwing 73 of his 109 pitches for strikes. He dropped his Sunshine State Conference-leading earned run average to 1.03

Florida Tech’s offense got going early, getting a run in the first inning against GC starter Bradly Cammack. Gronberg tripled with one out and came home on a single by Jacob Buser, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

The top of the FIT order did the damage again in the third inning. Bernard and Gronberg hit back-to-back singles and Bernard would score on a sacrifice fly by Buser to make it 2-0. Gronberg would then steal second and third, before scoring on a Maris single. A single by Parrish knocked Maris in and made it 4-0.

Raul Quintero doubled to start the sixth inning and he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the person of Alec Eldridge. Catanza made it a short stay on the bases for Eldridge, as he went deep, giving the Panthers a 6-0 lead.

Florida Tech’s final run came in the seventh inning, as Dylan Owens, Maris, and Parish hit consecutive singles. Owens scored to make it 7-0.

The only run Marzheuser gave up came on a sac fly in the seventh. Jordan Murray started the eight for the Panthers and the Bobcats got an RBI double from Cal Gentry, and a two-run shot by Wesley Wommack, closing the gap to 7-4.

The Bobcats (16-13) were sent down in order in the ninth by Panthers closer Ryan Allain, who recorded his sixth save of the season.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Georgia College Box Score

The series wraps up tomorrow with a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled to start at noon.