Early rally falls short in defeat to Saints, 6-5
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. (Baseball) – Florida Tech (21-14) missed the mid-week game against Flagler College (25-16), as the Panthers fell to the Saints, 6-5.
Although the loss, FIT showed off its firepower in multiple frames, as Grant McKown and Ryan Sinzenich blasted one home run apiece. On the day, the Crimson and Gray produced five runs on five hits and collected 24 put outs.
On the mound, Jake Lane earned his first seasonal loss. The sophomore struck-out two and walked none, while allotting two hits and one run in 4.2 innings pitched.
Flagler drew first blood as the home team struck two runs in their very first at bat. In the bottom of the second, the Saints enlarged their lead grabbing one more run and put the Panthers behind, 3-0.
In the third offensive half, Florida Tech sparked up its rally closing the gap, 5-2. With one out on the board, Trent Masih reached first on a free base and McKown pushed his fellow teammate home, after leveling a deep shot behind the left field fence.
As fourth, fifth and sixth went blank for both dugouts, the Panthers kept fighting through the score and eventually tied the game in the seventh. In the inning, Dan Szpik opened up the frame with a single to first, while Nick Capra continued the productive streak by driving a single to right field.
With runners at first and second, David Wilson dropped a sac-bunt to advance his teammates to scoring position. Sinzenich then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run home run to the deep left field.
However, Flagler took the lead once again in the eight, as the Saints snatched one run to take distance over the Panthers. Given offensive efforts, FIT could not close the margin and dropped the game to Flagler, 6-5.
The Panthers will be back at home on Thursday afternoon to face Embry-Riddle in a three-game series. Dugouts will lineup at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can access live coverage of the event at Floridatechsports.com/live.