Brevard County Surges Past Tampa

By  //  August 12, 2012

Taylor Jungmann To Start Today

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – For the second consecutive night, the Brevard County Manatees had a big first inning and never looked back as they defeated the Tampa Yankees, 6-2 on Saturday night at Space Coast Stadium.

Mike Walker's two-run single helped Brevard County top Tampa at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday. (Image courtesy Brevard County Manatees)

The win over Tampa, coupled with a Lakeland loss, puts the Manatees in second place and two games behind the first place Yankees.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, Reggie Keen started off the inning by drawing a walk. Nick Shaw then singled and the bases would be loaded after Jason Rogers walked. A single to left off the bat of Mike Walker would score Keen and Shaw as the ‘Tees (27-22 second half, 56-61 overall) took a 2-1 lead.

Two batters later, Cody Hawn would walk to load the bases again. Parker Berberet then cleared them with a three-run double to right to give Brevard a 5-1 lead.

Tampa (29-20, 59-57) would score one run again in the top of the second but that was all they would get off of Manatees starting pitcher Matt Miller (1-0, 3.60) and Brevard the rest of the way. In his ‘Tees debut, Miller allowed two runs on six hits in five innings of work, while walking one and striking out two.

Eric Arnett threw four perfect innings in relief of Miller and struck out four, for the rare four-inning save.

The Manatees added an insurance run in the sixth on a RBI single from Walker. Both Walker and Berberet had two hits and three RBI each. Shaw, Rogers and John Dishon each had two hits as well.

Brevard County will go for the three-game sweep of the first place Yankees as the two teams close out the series on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

Taylor Jungmann (9-6, 3.69) will take the hill for the ‘Tees as he is in search of his tenth win of the season. In three starts against Tampa this season, Jungmann is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

The Yanks will send southpaw Nik Turley (8-3, 2.69) to the mound. Turley is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in four starts against Brevard in 2012.