Florida Tech Panthers Baseball Team Bounces Back To Throttle Past No. 18 Nova Southeastern
By Michael Craig, Florida Tech Sports // May 9, 2017
FIT collects 23 hits in 21-5 Victory
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Panthers (28-19, SSC 12-9) ended the conference series with fireworks, as they rolled past No.18 Nova Southeastern, 21-5 on Monday evening at the NSU Baseball Complex.
FIT’s bats were explosive throughout the entire contest, as the Panthers dominated the Sharks in Game 3.
Under the Monday night lights, Florida Tech collectd 23 total hits to produce 21 runs. They hit seven doubles, one triple, and three home runs.
Ryan Sinzenich went 4-for-5 with five RBI to lad the Panthers offense. Trent Masih followed going 4-for-6 with three RBI.
On the mound, Tyler Deel took registered his fifth win of the year, as the senior out of Jacksonville struck out three and walked one in five innings pitched.
In the bottom of the first, Neal opened up the frame with a single to left field, followed by triple from John Sternagel that pushed home the first Panther run.
With a runner in scoring position, Spzik stepped up to clean the bases and close the frame in overwhelming fashion, as the Canadian outfielder blasted a two-run bomb to right field to place the Panthers ahead, 4-0.
Answering back in the home half, Nova placed themselves on the scoreboard with one run.
After the second and third innings yielded no score, the Panthers offense erupted into a frenzy in the fourth with four more runs.
Masih and Sternagel combined to drive in three more runners to increase the FIT margin to 8-1.
The 2016 NCAA DII Champs, Nova, fought back in the bottom half of the fourth and closed the gap to 8-5.
This was the last inning the Sharks were able to scorer, as the Crimson and Gray line up remained unfazed for the remainder of the game.
After plating home one run in the fifth, the Panthers exploded again in the seventh with Vincenzo Catanza’s two-RBI double.
Continuing the streak in the eighth, Sinzenich drove in three more runs on a double that was proceeded by an RBI single from Trent Masih.
In the ninth, Florida Tech bats plated five more runs.
The inning began with a solo-homer to right center by Neal, followed by an RBI single to left field from Sinzenich.
Closing out the offensive, Erik Molina tacked on a three-run dinger to left field to make up the final, 21-5.
The Panthers hit the road to St. Petersburg to complete the regular season against the Eckerd Tritons.
The SSC series starts on Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. ET.
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