Four-Run First Sends Tampa Bay Tech Over Lennard
Things haven’t been easy for the Tampa Bay Tech Titans this season, but consecutive wins may have the team ready for a late-season run at doing some damage. Tuesday evening, the Titans recorded their second straight victory over the Lennard Longhorns and finally broke through with the bats after a five-game streak of scoring three runs or less.
Leading the charge for the Titans (5-11) was the duo of Jermaine White and Jasien Randolph, who combined for five hits and five RBIs out of the middle of the lineup. Randolph gave his team a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first with a bases-clearing double to score Freddie Drayton, Malcom Boyd, and White. The fourth run of the inning came on a Jared Salisbury infield single, allowing Salisbury to re-take the mound in the top of the second with a 4-1 lead and some momentum on his hands.
Pitching all seven innings and working around three runs, Salisbury struck out five and allowed just one walk on the night. Salisbury also had two hits and was one of four Titans to record a multi-hit game. With the bullpen having gotten a lot of work in recent games, Salisbury giving his teammates a night off was well-needed for the rest of the Titans.
Though he did not start for the Longhorns, Giovanni Torres threw five-and-two-third innings of relief and gave up just two runs. Keith Harden and Andrew Morales each drove in runs in the loss, while Jaquel Colon had the team’s only other hit.