Panther Baseball Looks To Continue the Hot Bats Vs. Pace
By Zach Clark // February 13, 2015
14 homers and 80 runs overall
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Following a five-game stretch that featured 14 homers and 80 runs overall, Florida Tech will be happy to carry any such portion of its sizzling start into its four-game series with Pace this weekend.
One of four remaining unbeatens in the Sunshine State Conference after week one, Florida Tech’s lineup features five starters hitting at least .500 at the plate, including conference player of the week Grant McKown.
McKown, along with catcher Austin Allen, have already combined for six dingers, 20 RBIs and 22 runs scored on the year. The duo totaled nine home runs all of 2014.
Adding balance to the bottom half of the batting order, left-fielder David Wilson is also hitting at a torrid clip thus far.
The sophomore is 6-for-9 in the Panthers’ two previous contests, adding one home run, six RBIs and six runs scored.
After a three-game trumping of Benedict, Florida Tech picked up an early resume-booster in its 11-4 win over D2 Baseball’s No. 9 USC Aiken last Monday.
The Panthers pounded out 15 hits, including a sixth inning bases-clearing double from freshman Ryan Sinzenich that ultimately swung the momentum in Florida Tech’s favor for good.
Lefty Scotty Ward moved to 2-0 in two starts, permitting a pair of earned runs through five efficient innings.
The Panthers failed to walk a batter in the contest, while Aiken allowed nine free passes.
Happy to be out of New York’s frigid conditions, Pace is set to make its season-debut Friday evening.
Managed by 15-year head coach Henry Manning, the Setters will be looking to improve off 2014’s 12-25 campaign. Pace returns its top inning-eater and ERA man in pitcher Tim Deegan. As a junior, Deegan accumulated a 3-4 record in 12 appearances, finishing with a miniscule 1.80 earned run average.
Right-hander Ashton Fronsoe will get the ball for the Panthers in game one Friday night.
The Palm City, Florida native earned his first win of the season after allowing just three hits and one earned run in the Panthers’ 16-3 victory over Benedict last Saturday.
Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, Florida Tech will be dedicating its new batting cage facility to former major leaguer and Panther alum Tim Wakefield.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex.
For complete coverage of the weekend series, log onto FloridaTechSports.com
Weekend Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Friday vs. Pace (6 p.m.)
Saturday vs. Pace (12 p.m.)
Saturday vs. Pace (2:30 p.m.)
Sunday vs. Pace (12 p.m.)