TAMPA, Fla. (softball) — Seniors Kristen Fettes (Deltona, Fla.) and Katie Naumoff (Poland Ohio) led Tech to a 5-1 victory over regionally ranked Tampa in
game one of a three game Sunshine State Conference series at the UT Softball Complex tonight. Florida Tech (38-21, 14-6) grabbed a much needed win against
the top SSC ranked Tampa Spartans (27-14, 12-4) tonight after falling out of the regional poll this week from holding the #7 spot in the previous rankings.
Despite the latest snub from the NCAA DII South Regional poll committee, Tech has gone on to take a game from the top two SSC school’s Florida Southern and
Tampa improving to 2-0 on the week.
Naumoff stepped up big in the top of the first to plate fellow seniors Laura Chisena (Ocoee, Fla.) and Fettes to score the eventual game winner. All three
seniors, jumped out the box early each slamming hits to the left and center field including Naumoff’s double shot to take the lead early which proved to be
the only runs the Panthers would need to grab the victory.
Naumoff would also score after junior Ashley Lugo (Cape Coral, Fla.) launched one to deep centerfield also taking advantage of a misplayed cut-off throw by
the Spartans’ centerfielder Kelly Glover.
Junior, SSC Pitcher of the Week, Amber West (Apopka, Fla.) would take the mound with a 3-0 advantage holding the Spartans to one run for seven innings of
work. West (16-9) allowed five hits while walking one and fanning seven for the winning nod.
Devlin Dougherty, SSC Player of the Week, unfortunately suffered the SSC POW curse while West took the honors and ran with it for two wins thus far this
week. Dougherty (14-7) gave up five runs, three earned on ten hits. She walked two while striking out four for the loss.
Kallan Casey scored their lone run after a shot to centerfield got her to first base. Dougherty would bring Casey home to score their only run of the game
breaking up West’s shut-out in the fourth.
Juniors’ Danielle Stanley (Grayson, Ga.) and Ali Wiegand (Tallahassee, Fla.) would score two more insurance runs for the crimson and gray in the sixth and
seventh innings. Wiegand would notch her lone shot to centerfield and take advantage of a Spartan error to score in the sixth. Stanley smacked her second
hit of the game up to middle in the top of the seventh with Naumoff pulling off her third RBI.
Naumoff went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and one run, while Fettes went a flawless 2-for-2 with one run. Stanley was the only other Panther to tally multiple
hits going 2-for-4 with one run. Chisena, Lugo, Wiegand and freshman Ida Danielson (Fairfield, Cal.) each added a hit for the ball game.
Tech will face Tampa tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for a double header to finish of the SSC series.
Florida Tech 5, Tampa 1 (04/13/07 at Tampa, Fla.)
Florida Tech…….. 300 001 1 – 5 10 1 (38-21, 14-6 SSC)
Tampa…………… 000 100 0 – 1 5 3 (27-14, 12-4 SSC)
Pitchers: Florida Tech – Amber West. Tampa – Devlin Dougherty.
Win-Amber West(16-9) Loss-Devlin Dougherty(14-7) T-1:45 A-64