LANTANA, Fla. -- Florida Tech traveled to the Santaluces Sports Complex on Tuesday for a mid-week region game against Palm Beach Atlantic. At one point, the Panthers led 5-0, but the Sailfish rallied and earned the 7-6 victory.
After scoring three runs in the first inning, the Panthers (16-6) took control of the game with two more in the second. Sophomore Austin Allen sent a double down the right field line, which brought home both freshman Trent Masih and junior David Johannessen. The runs put the Panthers up 5-0 early.
The Sailfish (9-11-1) fought back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Sailfish used two Panther errors to score their first two runs of the game. Joel Buchko brought home the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Up 5-3, the Panthers added a run in the sixth inning. Masih sent a sacrifice fly to center field that scored senior Ray Maggi.
Leading by three runs in the eighth inning, the Panthers were six outs away from another victory. However, the Sailfish charged back with four runs in the inning, and took the lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ryan Drew brought in a run with a base hit down the right-field line. Ryan Gerber then tied the game with a 2-RBI single into right field. Spencer Castro laid down a bunt that scored Drew, as the Sailfish executed the squeeze play to take a 7-6 lead.
The Panthers had a runner on base at two different times in the top of the ninth, but could not score the tying run as the Sailfish earned the win.
Ryan Cota (3-1) earned the victory for the Sailfish. Cota pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen and did not give up a hit. Dominic Monda pitched the ninth inning and earned his third save of the season.
Sophomore Gerardo Dudamel (2-1) suffered the loss for the Panthers. Junior Chase Wissman started the game for the Panthers and pitched seven innings. Wissman gave up three runs with two being earned, did not walk a batter, and struck out two in the no decision.