The Florida Tech Panthers got back on the winning track Monday, beating Post 3-2 in a neutral site game in Lake Worth, FL. The win was the 20th of the season for the Panthers.
Josh Ford had a 3-for-3 day with an RBI for the Panthers and he had a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-runner Jack Nagy went to second on a wild pitch and later scored on Hayden Kimball’s walk-off single.
Dylan Dohanos, Jakob Newton, and Alec Eldridge had the only other hits in the game for the Panthers in a game where pitching was the story for much of the day.
Mitchell Harding got the start for Florida Tech and Post took advantage of a single, an error, and a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Hunter Keller home to put the Eagles in front. Another walk loaded the bases, but Harding struck out Evan Cornwell to get out of the inning allowing only one run.
Luca Wentzel reached on an error with one out in the Panthers half of the inning against Post starter Matt Goehrig. Newton followed with a single, moving Wentzel to third, and a wild pitch tied the game 1-1.
Harding would get through four innings for the Panthers allowing three hits, and an unearned run, walking three and striking out three. He threw 64 pitches.
Florida Tech (20-6) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Eldridge singled with one out and after stealing second, came home on an RBI single by Ford to make it 2-1.
Joey Hecht started the fifth in relief of Harding. He got into the eighth before getting into trouble. He left with one out and two on, giving way to Panthers closer Alex Carpenter. He struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a single to Cornwell, allowing the tying run to score.
Hecht allowed one run on three hits in his 3 ⅓ innings of work. He walked one and struck out three, throwing 45 pitches.
Michael Kennedy took over for Goehrig to start the bottom of the eighth. Goehrig allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out six and walking one. He threw 102 pitches over seven innings and got a no-decision for Post.
Carpenter (1-0) got help from his defense in the top of the ninth as they turned their third double play of the day, setting up the walk-off hit for Kimball in the bottom of the ninth to give the Panthers the walk-off victory. Carpenter got the win on the mound, striking out two, and allowed two hits in 1 ⅔ innings of work. He threw 24 pitches.
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The Panthers will start a three-game weekend series on Friday against the No. 2 ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field. Friday’s game starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by 1:30 games on both Saturday and Sunday.