WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 21, 2020) - A pitcher's duel turned into a rout as the Florida Tech Panthers scored a touchdown in the 7th inning to secure an 8-1 victory of Rollins on Friday night.
On a gloomy, windy, and bitterly cold night at Alfond Stadium, fans watched starting pitchers Drew Daczkowski and Andy Marzheuser face off in an impressive battle. Daczkowski looked to be in trouble early after loading the bases in the top of the first on two singles and a walk. However, the Tars' ace received a huge play from second baseman Devon Ortiz who made a sliding stop on a sharply hit groundball in the hole to keep the score at zero. Rollins put two men on in the first, but could not capitalize.
Florida Tech was able to score in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Brett Parrish walked. He then moved to third base during the next at bat when Rollins botched an infield grounder that would have ended the inning. Vinny Catanza came through for the Panthers in the next at bat with a base hit to right that scored Parrish to make it 1-0.
Austin Long spotted Dutch on the mound with a scoreless sixth inning. Marzheuser, a preseason All-American selection, ended his night in style by striking out the side in the sixth.
The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Tars. After recording two outs in the first three batters, Rollins lost control of the zone. The next ten batters for Florida Tech reached base safely on four hits, five walks and a hit by pitch. The Tars used three pitchers in the inning that took more than 30 minute to complete. By the end of it, Florida Tech had an 8-0 lead.
Rollins was able to avoid the shutout in their final at bat. Gabe Scavone reached on a pinch-hit single, and then moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Nick Santucci laced a fly ball down the left field line for a double that scored Scavone.
Daczkowski took the loss despite a final line of five innings, five hits, one run (zero earned), two walks and three strikeouts. Marheuser was even more impressive in the win, going six innings, three hits, zero walks and seven strikeouts.
These two teams will match up for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans who cannot attend can catch the action live here.