MURDOCK -- The Port Charlotte baseball team kept pace with IMG Academy through six innings Friday night before stumbling to a 6-1 loss at Pirates Cove.
In search of their second win of the season, Port Charlotte entered the final frame trailing 2-1. But the Panthers drove in four runs on three hits and two errors in the top of the seventh.
The Pirates committed four errors on the night, which led to three unearned runs for IMG.
"Our growing pains are still with us," Port Charlotte coach Bob Bruglio said. "We're making too many mistakes to overcome right now. Hopefully as the year goes on that'll work itself out."
The fact Port Charlotte (1-6) even made it a game Friday night was somewhat of an upset in itself. IMG (5-2) has several players signed to Division I scholarships, including three that were in the starting lineup against the Pirates. Right-handed starter Casey Mulholland is signed with Mississippi, right fielder Gavin Patton is signed with Kentucky and shortstop Dillon Moyer is signed with UC-Irvine. And Blake Perry, who was warming up in the bullpen late, also is signed with Kentucky.
Mulholland, who pitched in the high 80s and touched the low 90s, allowed just four hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
He's 3-0 on the mound," IMG manager Kevin Sharp said. "And that was his first earned run of the year."
That run came in the bottom of the fifth inning and pulled the Pirates within one. Ricky Knapp led off the frame with a double to the warning track for his second hit. He scored two batters later on an RBI double by Raul Quinones.
Port Charlotte, however, managed just one hit the rest of the way -- an infield single from Shaun Lovett in the sixth.
"We got beat tonight," Bruglio said. "They just got the hits tonight and we didn't."
Knapp (0-2) took the loss despite a strong performance on the mound. The senior right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) through 4 innings in which he struck out six to go with four hits and two walks.
Quinones worked the final three innings for Port Charlotte and looked just as strong, until the seventh when a leadoff single followed by two errors on a liner up the middle plated the first of four runs for IMG. The Pirates right-hander finished with four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3 innings.
Port Charlotte returns to action Tuesday at Charlotte, then travels to Manatee on Friday.