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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Baseball Takes Down Southeastern 16-7
Sophomore Austin Allen was 4-of-5 at the plate, and the No. 8 Panthers defeated Southeastern Wednesday night 16-7. Photo by Amanda Stratford Photography.
Sophomore Austin Allen was 4-of-5 at the plate, and the No. 8 Panthers defeated Southeastern Wednesday night 16-7. Photo by Amanda Stratford Photography.
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Baseball)— The No. 8 Florida Tech Panthers returned to Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field Wednesday night as they hosted the Fire of Southeastern. The Panthers jumped out to a big lead, and held off a late charge by the Fire to earn their fifth straight win 16-7.

The Panthers (9-1) surged ahead with five runs in the third inning. Freshman Andrew Calderone provided the fireworks for the Panthers with a three-run home run over the fence in left-center. The home run was the first of Calderone’s career, and the first long ball this season for the Panthers.

Up 6-0 and keeping the Fire off the board, the Panthers added five more runs to their total in the sixth. The Panthers got RBIs in the inning from freshman Trent Masih, senior Andrew Bartlett, and Calderone.

Down big in the eighth inning, the Fire (6-5) broke through with seven runs in the inning. Luis Diaz cleared the bases with a three RBI double to left field.

The Panthers answered the Fire in the bottom half of the eighth with five runs. Senior Ray Maggi brought two of the runs home in the inning with a double down the left field line. The Panthers shut down the Fire in the ninth and earned the 16-7 victory.

The season high 16 runs for the Panthers came from big offensive performances. Sophomore Austin Allen went 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Calderone finished with 4 RBIs along with his home run. Every Panther that played reached base at least once, and the squad stole nine bases.

Freshman Will Simpson (2-0) pitched two innings in relief of fellow freshman Luke Lorah and earned the win for the Panthers. Simpson gave up just one hit over the two frames, walked two and struck out four. Lorah pitched four shutout innings, allowed four hits and struck out three.

Mike Ruppenthal (2-1) suffered the loss for the Fire. Ruppenthal pitched 2.2 innings, allowed six hits, gave up five runs with only one earned, walked two, and struck out four.

The Panthers will be in action this weekend as they host a weekend series against Palm Beach Atlantic. The series against the Sailfish gets underway Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Live stats and audio will be available at FloridaTechSports.com with the broadcast beginning at 5:45 p.m.
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