Florida Tech rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth inning to pull out a 6-5 victory and spoil the University of North Alabama's 2014 baseball season-opener.
The Panthers got a run in the fifth to close the gap to 5-3, then added three runs in the sixth to pull out the win.
North Alabama got back to back singles to lead off the ninth but was unable to push across the tying run.
The Lions and Panthers will meet in a double-header Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
Kyle Conkle (0-1) took the loss for UNA, allowing three runs n four hits in three innings of relief. Cade Medley started for the Lions and allowed three runs on four hits over four innings of work.
After Florida Tech got two runs in the bottom of the first inning, UNA scored three in the second inning to take the lead. Tyler Hall and Bradley Noland both walked and Josh Carpenter sacrificed them over. After Jake Smith was hit-by-pitch, Payton Thomas walked to force in a run. Jake Ward and Bret Guzay both then drove in runs on fielder's choices.
UNA added two more runs in the fifth as Conkle and Dylan Boston both singled and Hall doubled in a run. Noland then pushed across another run on a sacrifice fly.
Down 6-5 in the ninth, UNA got back to back singles from Taylor Bonifacio and Ward with no outs but the Lions were unable to score.
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