Header pic: Sam Orozco – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics
The Panthers’ diamond domination continued Wednesday night with a 10-2 win over the Edward Waters Tigers (2-8) on Wednesday at Seminick-Hall Field. The win is the 11th straight for Florida Tech, matching their second-longest win streak in history. The last time they won 11 in a row was in 2016.
Florida Tech (11-1, 3-0 SSC) scored in four straight innings to start the game and six Panthers pitchers were used to secure the win. Starter Sam Orozco started and was perfect over four innings. He struck out four and threw 23 of his 34 pitches for strikes.
Preston Schumacher allowed the only two runs given up by the staff on Wednesday in the top of the fifth. Despite his struggles, he was credited with the win, because Orozco did not go the required five innings. Andrew Dunham, Tyler Vermillion, Andres Tapia, and Liam Progulske each pitched an inning.
The Panthers had 13 hits as a team. Jakob Newton, Paul Castillo, and Brett Parrish had two hits each. Castillo and Parrish each drove in two, with Castillo’s RBIs coming on a home run.
The first run of the night came when Newton singled to start the bottom of the first and came home on Parrish’s single. They got two more in the second inning. Alec Eldridge walked and stole second before Jack Nagy’s single made it 2-0. Newton would chase Nagy home with a single, putting the Panthers up 3-0.
The biggest inning of the night came in the bottom of the third. Parrish had an RBI single, Dylan Owens sacrifice fly made it 5-0. Eldridge doubled home Owens to make it 6-0 and the final run came on a Hayden Kimball double, completing a four-run inning and giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
Castillo’s two-run home run came in the bottom of the fourth after Dylan Dohanos doubled. The final run came in the bottom of the eight on a Diego Garcia RBI single.
For more info: Edward Waters @ Florida Tech Box Score
Next up for the Panthers is a three-game series against the second-ranked Tampa Spartans. Game one of the series is Friday night at 6:00 p.m.