The Florida Tech baseball team extended their win streak to seven games with a 9-4 victory over Florida Southern on Wednesday night at Henley Field. The win evened the Panthers road record at 7-7.
Raul Quintero went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Blaise Maris was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs, leading the Panthers’ 11-hit outburst.
Boris Villa (4-2) got the start and gave the Panthers six solid innings allowing six hits and two earned runs. He struck out five and walked three throwing 107 pitches, 70 for strikes. Blake Beyel threw the final three innings for Florida Tech, giving up two runs on five hits while recording five strikeouts. Beyel did not walk a batter.
FSC (13-10) got on the board first when Zach Scott brought home Vaun Brown, with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the third, after Maris walked and Sam Schner sacrificed him to second, Quintero laced a double to right bringing Maris home and tying the game at one. Quintero would later score on Rodnie Bernard’s RBI single, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Florida Tech (16-10) would load the bases against Mocs starter Brant Brown in the fourth with two walks and a single. Brown would be relieved By Dawson Lane who promptly gave up a sacrifice fly to Maris to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.
Brown would get that run back in the bottom of the fourth with one swing of the bat, as he sent one over the left field wall to make it 3-2.
The Panthers answered in the top of the fifth on a Paul Castillo sac fly. That scored Quintero who walked to lead off the inning and doubled the Panthers lead to 4-2.
The game would remain that way until Florida Tech got to reliever Thomas Spinelli who started the inning. A Castillo single, an error, and an Alec Eldridge walk loaded the bases with one out. Maris singled up the middle to drive in two and make it 6-2. A wild pitch brought Eldridge home with the seventh run and Maris would later score on a single off the bat of Quintero to make it 8-2.
The Moccasins would score twice in the bottom of the eighth, with an RBI double from Jeff Liquori and a single off the bat of Brown, making it 8-4.
Florida Tech would load the bases one more time in the ninth and Sam Schner would draw a walk, giving the Panthers their final run of the night.
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The Panthers are scheduled to wrap up their season tomorrow (Thursday) at home against Palm Beach Atlantic. Senior Day festivities will precede the 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.