By James Vallone
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The Shorter Hawks lost a pair of games on the road to start the 2013 season at Florida Tech. The Hawks are coming off of a 39 win season, while Florida Tech is looking to improve on the 26-23 season from 2012.
The first game saw Florida Tech get the 4-2 victory, after Shorter was able to plate both runs in the top of the first.
Cal Hardie walked to start the game, and was followed by Darrius Jennings betting hit by a pitch from starter Jason Boyer. After a double steal put the runners on second and third with no out, Willie Lewis hit a line drive to second that was caught and could not score either runner.
Jesse Gavigan would single down the right field line to bring both runners in to score.
Florida Tech would answer with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second when Jorge Chavarria would drive in Dan Bodziak and Jimmie Koch.
Scott Carcaise would score in the third after being hit by a pitch to reach base.
Koch would drive in the final run in the fifth when Andrew Bartlett would score on a double play.
The Hawks would tally five hits, while Florida Tech would get ten off of Hawk pitching.
Russell Crosby would start the game on the mound for Shorter and would give up only a pair earned runs over six innings while striking out three Panthers.
David Summerall would finish the final two innings for the Hawks, giving up only two hits while striking out two.
Boyer gave seven strong innings to earn the win in the season opener, yielding five hits and striking out five. James Mannara earned the save with a perfect ninth inning – including one strike out. Mannara is coming off of a five save season with an ERA of 1.25 to set a Florida Tech single season school record.
The second game saw the Panthers defeat the Hawks 3-2, despite the Hawks outhitting the home team.
Florida tech would get all three runs in the first two innings, with Bartlett scoring in the first off the bat of Tyler Doughty.
The second inning would see Alex Alfonso steal third base for the Panthers and reach home on the throwing error trying to catch the runner stealing. Bodziak would score in the next at-bat when Chavarria would single through the right side of the infield.
Jennings would drive in the lone Shorter run in the third when he singled to left field and Evans would score. Willie Lewis would single next, but Hardie would be caught at home on a put out from the right fielder.
Gavigan would score in the sixth after doubling to lead off the inning when Borneman would single to center.
The Hawks outhit the Panthers, 8-6, with each team adding an error.
Cameron Rich started on the mound for the Hawks and got the loss, pitch 4.2 innings while striking out five. Rich would give up all six of the Panther hits. Micah Thompson would finish the game with a strike out and no hits or walks over 1.1 innings.
Florida Tech starter Cody Lewis went six innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs, while striking out five Hawks. Jerrod Leinhauser would get the save for Game 2, walking one and striking out one over one inning.
These two teams meet again tomorrow at 12 pm from Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field.