FIT Shuts Out Lynn In College Baseball

By  //  March 30, 2013

Same Teams Meet In Doubleheader On Saturday

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (22-9, 7-3 SSC) starting pitcher Jason Boyer threw eight shutout innings Friday evening to lead the Panthers to a 5-0 win over Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn (21-10, 5-2 SSC) at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field.

Florida Tech senior starting pitcher Jason Boyer threw eight shutout innings to help the Panthers beat Lynn 5-0 in college baseball on Friday. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

The senior allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out nine en route to his fourth victory of the season. Senior James Mannara added a scoreless inning in the ninth to complete the Panthers’ second shutout of the season.

“We came out here and played well defensively tonight,” FIT head coach Greg Berkemeier said. “Jason came out and did a great job to set the tone, and command the baseball very well. That’s a very challenging offense to get through. He was able to make pitches when he needed them. He executed very well.”

FIT broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a two-out rally which took advantage of a Lynn error. After a pair of flyouts, junior Jorge Chavarriareached after being hit by a pitch, and junior Scott Carcaise singled up the middle to put runners on first and second.

A fielding error allowed Tyler Doughty to reach to load the bases, and Austin Allen followed with a single to bring home a pair of runs.

Junior Andrew Bartlett followed with an RBI single to push the lead to 3-0 in the early frames. All three runs in the third inning were unearned.

Florida Tech continued the scoring with a run in the fourth when sophomore David Johannessen singled home senior Alex Alfonso. The final run came in the fifth via a sacrifice fly from Alfonso to plate Allen.

Allen’s two RBIs and run scored led the way for the Crimson and Gray as the catcher went 1-for-3 on the night. Bartlett recorded two of the Panthers’ seven hits and knocked in a run.

“Any time you play in our conference, you are going to be facing somebody that is pretty good, and capable of making pitches to get you out,” Berkemeier said. “You have to be disciplined, and we did a good job of that tonight. We were able to take advantage of some of the opportunities they gave us, and got some big two-out knocks to get the game going.”

The Panthers and Fighting Knights will conclude the three-game series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon. The first contest will be nine innings, and will be followed by a seven-inning game to end the series between two of the top three teams in the SSC.