By Justin Rocksund
The St. Petersburg College Titans men’s baseball team defeated the visiting South Florida State Panthers 6-2 at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex on Saturday, March 14th, improving their record to 19-9 with their third win in a row.
Tyler Shambora pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and one walk, giving up seven hits over nine innings and keeping South Florida State off-balance all day. St. Petersburg College, playing the Panthers for the third straight game, scored early in the game, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single by Alex McGathey. During the top of the fourth inning a controversial call at first base allowed South Florida State to put a runner on, but strong pitching and defense by the Titans helped them get out of the inning and preserve their two-run lead.
The Panthers scored in the top of the fifth inning with a single by Isaiah Dean, and had the bases loaded with one out but could not capitalize. Strong pitching and defense by both teams was key in the sixth inning, as Shambora got the first three batters he faced out, followed by South Florida State benefiting from a very close double-play to keep the score 2-1 Titans heading to the seventh inning.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, South Florida State managed to tie the game with a RBI by Harrison McClure. The Titans proved resilient however, and broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth. After a bunt by Amburgey, an RBI by Brad Myott made the score 3-2 Titans. Hits by David Hollins and Alex Hanson widened the margin to 5-2 Titans, and after Marcus Guzman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Cornelius Copeland drew a walk to score a run. Tyler Shambora pitched a clean ninth inning to close out the game, and St. Petersburg College finished the three-game sweep of South Florida State with a final score of 6-2 Titans.