MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2014
Baseball Hosts Florida Southern Tuesday Night
MELBOURNE, FLA. (Baseball)— The Florida Tech Panthers begin a busy first full week of the 2014 season Tuesday night when they host Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern in a non-conference game. Tuesday will be the first of five games this week for the Panthers.
The Panthers (3-0) opened the 2014 season in terrific fashion by sweeping North Alabama in a three-game series at Seminick-Hall Field. While rain made changes to the schedule it did not bother the Panthers, as they took game one Friday night 6-5. The Panthers followed up on Sunday wining two 7-inning games 2-0, and 5-3 to complete the sweep.
Sophomore Michael Knott, freshman Will Simpson and junior Scotty Ward each earned wins for the Panthers. Juniors Chase Wissman and Ashton Fronsoe along with freshman Brett Porter all picked up their first saves of the season.
Junior Kevin Wortman drove in three runs for the Panthers over the weekend, and freshman Grant McKown brought home two runs. Seniors Jorge Chavarria and Jimmie Koch each picked up 2 RBIs of their own as well.
Panthers head coach Greg Berkemeier, who is in his seventh season, is inching close to the 200 win mark. After the weekend sweep, Berkemeier has a career record of 197-120-1.
The Mocs (1-2) faced a tough test as they hosted nationally ranked West Florida. The Mocs won a wild game one 2-1 in 15 innings. The Argonauts came back, and won the next two games of the series 4-1, and 6-2.
Trey Vavra and Chris Dennis each drove in two runs for the Mocs during the series with the Argos. Nick Krolczyk pitched four innings in relief, and earned the game one win for the Mocs.
Tuesday will be the 118th game between the Panthers and Mocs. Florida Southern has a hold on the all-time record 91-26 heading into Tuesday night.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. Live stats and audio will be available at FloridaTechSports.com/live. After Tuesday’s game, the Panthers will head to St. Augustine for four weekend games against Limestone and Flagler.