No. 7 Florida Tech Suited Up For Top 10 Matchup Vs. No. 5 Nova
By Florida Tech // April 10, 2015
Both Teams Have 5-Game Win Streaks
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The NSU Baseball Complex is expected to garner plenty of attention this weekend, especially across the Sunshine State Conference – and for good reason.
In a battle of two top-10 ball clubs, and first place in the league up for grabs, No. 7 Florida Tech travels to No. 5 Nova Southeastern for what is sure to be a doozy.
The SSC’s lone programs to have already eclipsed the 30-win mark, both the Panthers and Sharks enter riding respective five-game win streaks.
Amidst its season-long seven-game stretch away from home, Florida Tech followed up its sweep of Barry with a significant 4-3 triumph at No. 25 Flagler Tuesday evening.
Two weeks removed from a 5-1 loss to the Saints, right-hander Ty Cohen bounced back with seven sharp innings, retiring the final 10 batters he faced in order. Now 6-1 on the year, Cohen leads the SSC in wins among freshman.
With the game knotted at 3-3 in the eighth, catcher Austin Allen delivered the go-ahead RBI into left, his third of the night, to propel the Panthers to a season split with their respected opponent.
Sandwiched between a pair of 11-4 victories over Palm Beach Atlantic, Nova Southeastern dealt previously third-ranked Tampa its first sweep since 2011 this past weekend.
Thanks to Michael Hernandez’s late-game heroics, the Sharks improved to 10-2 in the league, currently two games ahead of Florida Tech.
Power numbers won’t be lacking this weekend, as four of the SSC’s top seven home run hitters will be on display. In addition to NSU’s Justin Garcia’s 13 long balls, Allen and teammate Grant McKown have already combined for 17 homers of their own.
Sticking to his usual Friday night role, senior starter Ashton Fronsoe is expected to take the ball in game one of the series. Fronsoe surrendered just one unearned run in eight innings of work in his last start at Barry.
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Series Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Friday at Nova Southeastern (6 p.m.)
Saturday at Nova Southeastern (1 p.m.)
Saturday at Nova Southeastern (3:30 p.m.)