Photo: Rodnie Bernard
After losing the series opener on Thursday, Barry bounced back in a big way taking both games of a doubleheader (10-3, and 8-2) from Florida Tech on Saturday.
Rodnie Bernard and Paul Castillo each had two hits in game one, with Bernard hitting a solo home run in the first inning to start the scoring.
Bernard got the Panthers going again in the fourth with an RBI single, driving in Jakob Newton, who walked to start the inning and stole second. Castillo would double home Bernard later in the inning, putting Florida Tech up 3-0.
Barry would answer back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs against Panthers starter Mitchell Harding. Derek Smolenski drove in two runs with a double and Andrew Rapoza hit a two-run shot, highlighting the inning and giving Barry a 5-2 lead.
Harding (1-2) would allow five runs in his 3.2 innings of work, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out four. Matt DiNenna would get the final out of the fourth and struggle in the fifth.
The Bucs would then add four more in the bottom of the fifth. David Vazquez hit a two-run homer and an error led to two more runs, giving the home team a 9-3 lead. An RBI groundout in the eighth by Richie Sobalvarro completed the scoring.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 1)
Game two saw the Panthers (7-6, 6-6 SSC) get on the board first again when Castillo reached on an error allowing Bernard to score in the top of the first.
Barry (6-4, 4-2 SSC) got to Panthers starter Justin Lorenz for four runs in the bottom of the second. After a bases-loaded walk tied the game at one, Rapoza knocked in two with a double to make it 3-1. Reliever Blake Beyel would walk in another run to give the home team a 4-1 lead.
Lorenz (1-2) lasted 1.2 innings allowing two hits and four earned runs. He was hurt by five walks.
Blake Brito’s solo home run in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-1. The Panthers got a run back in the top of the sixth on Castillo’s RBI single that brought Newton home, making it 5-2.
Barry would score three in the bottom of the inning with two coming home on a Rapoza single. The final run came on a fielder’s choice.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 2)
Next up for the Panthers is a Wednesday, March 31 game against Palm Beach Atlantic. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.