Panthers Drop Middle Game to Rollins

After getting their first conference win at Rollins on Friday, Florida Tech dropped the middle game of the series to the Tars on Saturday, losing 3-2 in 10 innings.

Jake Lane (0-3) allowed an unearned in the bottom of the 10th, as pinch-hitter Ryan Coleman singled home Cam Montgomery with the winning run.

The Panthers (4-8, 1-1 SSC) managed just three hits as a team, but got on the board early, scoring twice in the top of the first against Rollins starter Steven Swift. Rodnie Bernard and Raul Quintero drew back-to-back walks to start the inning and two outs later, Vinny Catanza roped a two-run single to left, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Swift walked Jakob Newton in the second inning, but Newton was caught stealing, and Swift settled down from there, getting a double play in the third and a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, and a single to Quintero in the fifth.

Panthers starter Boris Villa Barros was doing well until the fifth inning. Of the five hits, he allowed, three of them came in the fifth, including an RBI double to Andres Antonini, and a run-scoring single to Devon Ortiz, tying the game 2-2.

After allowing a walk, Villa Barros was lifted for Alex Carpenter. Villa Barros went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out eight on 86 pitches (54 strikes).

Carpenter got out of the fifth inning and pitched through the seventh. He allowed one hit in his 2.1 innings of work, walking one and striking out two. He threw 20 of his 36 pitches for strikes.

Andrew Dunham pitched the next two innings, walking one and striking out one. He threw 28 pitches, 17 for strikes. That set things up for Lane to take over in the 10th inning.

The inning started with an error on Bernard, allowing Montgomery to reach. After a bunt single by Nick Santucci got Montgomery to second, Eddie Ayala reached on the second error of the inning by Bernard, moving Montgomery to third, and Coleman came through with the game-winning hit.

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The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at noon.