Hard-Luck Panthers Swept by No. 13 Barry

The 13th-ranked Barry Buccaneers completed a sweep of Florida Tech with a 2-1 and 11-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday in a doubleheader at Miami Shores.

The sweep follows a walk-off win by Barry in the bottom of the ninth Friday after the Panthers fought back to tie that game late. With the two losses Saturday, the Panthers have lost five in a row and fall to 5-17 on the year. They are now 2-7 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Saturday’s first game was one for the ages, as Florida Tech junior Boris Villa Barros and Barry senior Myles Gayman were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Blaise Maris got the Panthers first hit in the second inning, a bunt single. Tyler Brown would single, but both guys were left on base.

Arrison Perez got Barry’s first hit in the bottom of the second. A hit by pitch and a walk led to Barry getting runners to second and third, but Villa Barros worked out of the jam. They would get runners to second and third again in the sixth inning, but the Panthers hurler got the last out again, keeping the game scoreless.

Villa Barros would pitch seven strong innings, allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out nine. He threw 109 pitches, 60 for strikes. Blake Beyel came in to start the eighth.

The Buccaneers threatened immediately, getting a double from JC Garcia. After an error put runners at the corners, an intentional walk loaded the bases and Beyel came back to get the last two outs, including getting Freddie Matos on strikes to end the inning.

Gayman finished the 10th inning before Angel Almonte came in to pitch the 11th. Gayman allowed six hits in 10 innings, walking two and striking out five. He threw 119 pitches, 90 were strikes.

Almonte got through the 11th but allowed a hit to Dylan Owens to start the 12th and he was relieved by Pablo Arevalo. After a Maris groundout got him to second, Owens moved to third on a dropped third strike. He would score the first run of the game on an error.

Up 1-0, and needing three outs to win the game, Beyel hit Perez to start the bottom of the 12th.  After a groundout got Perez to third, Beyel hit another batter, prompting a Florida Tech pitching change. Jake Lane came in and gave up a two-run double to Garcia and giving the home team a 2-1 win in 12 innings.

Raul Quintero had two of the Panthers seven hits in the game one loss.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 1)

The drama game one produced was not replicated in game two. Barry (15-4, 6-3 SSC) got to Panthers starter Joey Hecht in the first inning when Chris Cabrera doubled and later scored on an error.

Bran Socorro’s RBI single in the second inning made it 2-0. A Panther error in the third led to another run, giving the Bucs a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers got on the board in the fourth, thanks to a Josh Ford single, plating Tyler Brown, who doubled ahead of him. Barry answered back in the fifth on a double by Richie Sobalvarro. He would later score on a passed ball, extending Barry’s lead to 6-1.

A two-run double by Matos in the seventh made it 8-1, and they would score three in the bottom of the eight.

The Panthers got their second run in the top of the ninth on a Brett Parrish single. It came one batter too late, as Brian Lopes grounded into a double play prior to the Parrish RBI.

Hecht (0-3) pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, with only one of the five runs allowed being earned. He walked two and struck out one, throwing 62 pitches, 42 strikes. Alex Carpenter pitched 2.2 innings, with two of his three runs being earned. He walked four and struck out four. Luis Moriyon pitched one inning, giving up three runs on four hits.

Bernard, Parrish, and Newton each had two hits in game two.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 2)

The Panthers will be back in action Monday in a neutral site game against Malone. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.