Baseball Drops Pair to Florida Tech on Saturday


- Score: Florida Tech 9, Assumption 0 (Game One); Florida Tech 3, Assumption 2 (Game Two)

- Records: Assumption (1-5) Florida Tech (12-6)

- Location: Melbourne, Fla. (Seminick-Hall Field)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College baseball team dropped a road doubleheader at Florida Tech in the team's opening games of the spring break trip. The Hounds fell 9-0 in game one before dropping a 3-2 final in the second game.


- In game one, the Hounds ran into FIT starter Tyler Deel, who held Assumption to just one hit over eight innings as the Panthers picked up the 9-0 victory. Sophomore Andrew Jaehnig (Quincy, Mass./Boston College) picked up a double for the Hounds in game one, while senior Steve Flynn (Worcester, Mass./St. Peter-Marian) took the loss to drop to 0-2 overall. Over five innings, Flynn allowed 10 hits over five innings with six earned runs and three strikeouts.

- In the second game, the Hounds jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Senior catcher Tom Paine (Upton, Mass./Nipmuc) led off the inning with a double to right center and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right from Jaehnig. Junior Jake Byrne (Grafton, Mass./Saint John's) reached on a hit by pitch and gave the Hounds a 2-0 lead as he scored on an RBI single to right by sophomore Bryan Guerrero (Boston, Mass./Catholic Memorial).

- The Panthers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth as Daniel Szpik's RBI single thru the right side scored John Sternagel, who reached earlier on a one-out single to third.

- Florida Tech pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the seventh as the Panthers chased Assumption starter Tom Horstkotte (Milford, Mass./Saint John's). Horstkotte fell to 0-1 with the loss as he went 6.1 innings and scattered seven hits with three earned runs. Senior Anthony Perry (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) threw the final 1.2 innings in relief, allowing no hits while striking out three. Luke Lorah went two innings in relief for Florida Tech as he improved to 3-0 on the season.

- For the game, Paine finished 2-for-4 at the plate, while senior Colin Clancy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was 2-for-3.


- The Hounds are back in action on Sunday, March 6th at Noon as the team concludes its three-game series with Florida Tech.


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