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Tampa Stops Panthers Streak

The second-ranked Tampa Spartans hit three home runs in a 10-2 home win over Florida Tech on Friday, ending the Panthers’ 11-game winning streak in the process.

Alec Eldridge had two of Tech’s seven hits, both singles. The Panthers (11-2, 3-1 SSC) left 11 on base, and Tampa stranded 10.

 Danny Vassallo was on the mound for the Panthers and Tampa countered with Haden Erbe.

The Panthers got on the board first in the top of the first. Paul Castillo singled and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Brett Parrish walked later in the inning and the ball got away from the catcher, allowing Castillo to score on the wild pitch.

Tampa answered in the bottom of the inning. After two consecutive singles, E.J. Cumbo hit a three-run homer. A single by Nicholas Winkelmeyer scored the fourth run of the inning.

The second Florida Tech run came in the top of the third when Jakob Newton singled to start the inning and came home on a Parrish triple, closing the gap to 4-2. 

Tampa put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame, scoring another four runs. A single and an error put runners at the corners and brought J.D Urso to the plate. Urso hit a blast make it 7-2 and Winkelmeyer followed with a solo shot of his own, capping off another four-run inning for the Spartans.

Vassallo lasted 2.1 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits (six earned). He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter, throwing 49 pitches (31 strikes). Boris Villa followed with 3.2 solid innings, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out five and walked three, throwing 41 of his 66 pitches for strikes. Tyler Vermillion and Andrew Dunham pitched one inning each for the Panthers.

Tampa (10-1, 1-0 SSC) added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to put a cap on the win.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Tampa Box Score

These two teams will wrap up their series on Saturday with a doubleheader. Game one gets underway at 1:00 p.m.