Florida Tech Handles Pacers 11-4, Perfect 5-0
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // February 9, 2015
Scotty Ward picked up his second win
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The competition level elevated, but the Florida Tech bats kept on producing in Monday’s rain-interrupted 11-4 victory over undefeated USC Aiken (6-1).
A huge six-run fifth inning broke open a tight ball game as the Panthers collected 15 hits on the afternoon, including at least one from each starter in the lineup.
Left-hander Scotty Ward picked up his second win in as many tries after yielding a pair of runs through five innings.
The senior surrendered just one extra-base hit, but his day was cut short after heavy rain halted play in the top of the sixth.
Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week Grant McKown tallied three more hits, and catcher Austin Allen blasted his third home run of the season in front of the handful of scouts in attendance at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
“The guys did a good job today, even with some wet conditions out here,” said head coach Greg Berkemeier.
“We maintained our focus, came ready to play and showed great energy. We delivered some big knocks and had some really good two-strike at-bats throughout the entire game.”
“We had contributions up and down the lineup, and I can’t say enough about our approaches at the plate. It was great to get out of here with a very big regional win,” said Berkemeier.
Perhaps the turning point in the game, designated-hitter Ryan Sinzenich delivered a clutch two-out bases clearing double to left off Aiken reliever Ben Black to give the Panthers some breathing room and a 5-1 lead in the top half of the fifth. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native finished 2-for-4 Monday.
Following a two-game absence due to a slight ankle injury, shortstop Tyler Doughty returned to the lineup by going two-for-five with an RBI and two runs scored in the win.
After a perfect four-game road swing, FIT now moves to 5-0, and can add a notable win to its resume after knocking off the No. 9 team in last week’s D2 Baseball rankings.
“Aiken’s a very quality opponent,” said Berkemeier. “They’re going to have a real good year, you just know it from getting a chance to watch those guys. Getting the chance to come up here and having the opportunity to bond and build some team chemistry is a big plus. We did a good job of staying focused and picking up four wins.”
FIT returns to action this Friday, as it welcomes Pace to Seminick-Hall Field for a four game-set.
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