The Florida Tech Panthers dropped the final game of a weekend series in Winter Park, losing the finale 6-2 to the 11th-ranked Rollins College Tars (31-12, 15-9 SSC).
Noah Steckley got the start for Florida Tech and was staked to a lead in the top of the fourth. Jakob Newton singled and stole second before a triple off the bat of Brett Parrish pushed him across for the first run. Parrish would later score on a single by Alec Eldridge.
Steckley’s troubles started in the bottom of the fifth. A walk and a hit batter put runners at first and second and Joey Rubin’s single got the Tars on the board, putting an end to Steckley’s outing. Jason Englert came on in relief and after a passed ball moved the runners up, Chase Achuff beat out a very close play at first, allowing the tying run to score.
Steckley allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, walked one, and struck out one. He threw 69 pitches (45 strikes).
Rollins starter Nick Berger got through five innings, allowing two runs. He gave way to Austin Long to start the top of the sixth. Parrish walked and stole second. He was moved to third on a groundout.
Jack Nagy laid down a great squeeze bunt with two outs and looked to beat the play at first, allowing Parrish to score. Unfortunately, the first base umpire saw it differently and called Nagy out. Panthers coach Jeff Tam rightly argued the call but to no avail. The score remained 2-2 and that seemed to take the wind out of the Panthers’ sails.
After Englert hit a batter to start the sixth, he was lifted in favor of Aiden Pryzgoda. Nick Santucci greeted him with a double and went to third while the Panthers threw the runner out at home to keep the score tied. It didn’t stay that way for long.
An RBI single by Parker Smith put Rollins in front and one out later, Kyle Bullock took Pryzgoda deep, giving the Tars a 5-2 lead. Timothy Mira was up next and he took the first pitch he saw out of the park, and just like that, it was 6-2. Andrew Dunham came in to get the final out of the inning, after Pryzgoda’s struggles.
Pryzgoda (2-2) allowed four earned runs on four hits and took the loss, throwing just 16 pitches. Dunham settled things down, allowing just three hits in two innings of work. Zach Rodgers came on to get the final out in the eighth.
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Parrish had two of the Panthers’ six hits on the day and Dylan Dohanos went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Florida Tech (29-18, 12-15 SSC) are now off until May 6th when they host Palm Beach Atlantic in the first game of the final series of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The last two games will be played on Mother’s Day, May 8th, a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.