Andy Marzheuser and the Florida Tech Panthers (4-11, 1-3 SSC) deserved a better fate on Friday, losing a tough 1-0 game to the host Tampa Spartans.
Marzheuser (2-2) had a third straight quality outing, going six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter, throwing 90 pitches (64 strikes). Jake Lane took over in the seventh, pitching two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. He threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes.
Each team had six hits in this one, with Blaise Maris going 2-for-5 to lead the Panthers.
Florida Tech loaded the bases in the third with Brendan Riley, and Maris each getting a single. After Raul Quintero walked, Tampa starter Brandon Knarr struck out the next two batters, ending the inning.
Tampa (10-4, 3-1 SSC) scored in the bottom of the inning when Mikey Navarrete singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Drew Ehrhard.
That run held up, as the Panthers loaded the bases in the seventh when Riley reached on an error and Maris doubled before Tampa went to the bullpen, bringing in Jacinto Arredondo who struck out Brett Parrish and intentionally walk Quintero. Vinny Catanza was out on a close play at first to end the threat.
That was the last best chance the Panthers would have, as they dropped their fourth straight game.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Tampa Box Score
The series wraps up on Saturday, with a doubleheader starting at noon.