Panthers ace Andy Marzheuser pitched well for the second straight time Friday night helping Florida Tech open conference play with an 8-1 win over Rollins in Winter Park.
Florida Tech (4-7, 1-0 SSC) got a big offensive night from Brett Parrish who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Raul Quintero went 2-for-5 with an RBI, Dylan Owens went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Vinny Catanza went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. When all was said and done, the Panthers managed 13 hits.
The Panthers got the scoring started in the third with two outs. Parrish walked and got to third on an error. He came home on a single by Catanza to make it 1-0.
Marzheuser (2-1) made that run stand up giving up singles in the first, third, and fourth inning. He struck out all three batters he faced before giving way to Blake Beyel in the seventh. Marzheuser did not allow a run and struck out seven in six innings of work. He threw 94 pitches, 65 of those for strikes. Beyel pitched one inning of scoreless baseball.
Florida Tech blew this game open in the seventh inning, sending 13 batters to the plate. Parrish and Owens hit back-to-back RBI singles, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead. After Parrish stole second, he was chased home by Owens, making it 3-0. After a single, a walk, and a Rollins pitching change, Diego Garcia was hit by a pitch scoring Owens and giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead. A wild pitch would allow Catanza to come home and upped the lead to 5-0. Consecutive bases-loaded walks to Brendan Riley and Rodnie Bernard made it 7-0 and the final run came across on an infield single by Quintero.
Rollins got their run in the bottom of the ninth when Nick Santucci doubled home a run against Panthers reliever Justin Barney. Barney allowed three hits and a run in his two innings of work. He walked one and did not strike out a batter.
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This series continues Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Alfond Stadium.