The Florida Tech Panthers did all they could on Friday, but in the end, the No. 13 Barry Buccaneers proved to be the better team, winning 9-8 on Omar Baldo’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Panthers (5-15, 2-5 SSC) deserved a better fate, getting home runs from Tyler Brown and Jakob Newton among their 17 hits. Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Newton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Raul Quintero was 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Brett Parrish had two hits in this one as well.
Barry (13-4, 4-3 SSC) got two runs in the first inning against Panthers starter Andy Marzheuser. Florida Tech got one back in the third when Josh Ford was hit by a pitch out of the hand of Bucs’ starter Frank Gonzalez II. Ford would later score on a single from Quintero, cutting the Barry lead to 2-1.
Chris Cabrera added to the lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI groundout, giving the home team a 3-1 lead. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth would extend their lead to 4-1.
Marzheuser was done after five innings. He gave up seven hits and allowed four earned runs, walking one and striking out three. He had a wild pitch and hit a batter, throwing 88 pitches, 60 for strikes.
The Panthers comeback began in the top of the sixth when Newton singled with one out and got to trot around the bases when Tyler Brown jacked one over the wall in right, closing the gap to 4-3. That was the end of the night for Gonzalez.
The seventh inning saw Florida Tech get two-out singles from Owens, Maris, and Newton, with Newton’s single scoring Owens and knotting the game up 4-4. Barry had a quick answer in the bottom of the frame with a run-scoring single from Freddie Matos, putting the home team back in front, 5-4.
Florida Tech came right back in the top of the eighth helped by an error, a Quintero single and a double steal by Bernard and Quintero, putting runners at second and third. Parrish was then intentionally walked to load the bases, and Owens then drew a conventional walk, forcing in the tying run.
Barry looked to put this one away in the bottom of the inning when they put three on the board, thanks to a three-run inning against Panthers reliever Andres Rodriguez. He allowed three hits in the frame including Willie Escala’s RBI single and a two-run single to Cabrera, making it 8-5.
The Panthers refused to go away, starting the top of the ninth with a home run from Newton, off Buccaneer’s reliever Anthony Boix, making it a two-run deficit. Brown would single and Ford and Alec Eldridge drew walks, to load the bases.
Pablo Arevalo (1-0) was called out of the bullpen and after getting an out, he gave up a two-run single to Quintero, tying the game at eight. Parrish was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Arevalo got the last two outs to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Jake Lane (0-1) was tabbed to pitch the bottom of the ninth. He got a strikeout to start the inning, but Walked Matos and allowed a single to Ariel Diaz. Baldo came up and singled through the left side of the infield, bringing home the winning run and giving Barry the walk-off win.
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This series wraps up later today with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. in Miami Shores.