Lugo Smacks Two-Run Homer to Help Panthers Split with Tars in SSC Softball Action

WINTER PARK, Fla. (softball)- Junior Ashley Lugo (Cape Coral, Fla.) comes up big in the top of the ninth inning in the nightcap of the Sunshine State
Conference softball series at the Lake Island Park field helping Tech defeat the Tars 2-0 in the extra inning game. Despite the come back in game three of
the weekend series the Panthers fell 5-0 in the first game.

Once again, junior Danielle Stanley (Grayson, Ga.) led all players for the three game series safely hitting in every game this weekend. She was the only
player for both teams to effectively hit off of both of the Tars pitchers.

In the game one. Stanley was the only Panther to hit breaking up junior Ingrid Schumacher’s’ (Naples, Fla.) no-hitter although Tech was once again unable
to undo the shut-out.

The Tars’ Jamie Rausch (Ocoee, Fla.) launched a homer off of Tech’s starting hurler senior Judith Husband (Wewahitchka, Fla.). Husband (14-5) suffered the
loss giving up five hits on two earned runs (three runs) striking out three in five innings of work. Coming out of the pen, freshman Heather Boyts
(Sarasota, Fla.) gave up two more back to back home runs in the bottom of the seventh from Schumacher and Lauren Starcher (Winter Springs, Fla.).

Despite the disappointing first loss, Tech’s pitcher Amber West (Apopka, Fla.) came back again strong to face Nicole Anderson (Brandon, Fla.) from last
night’s dual and rekindled the show down. This time West (11-8) was able to draw first with the help of Lugo sharing a piece of the shut-out. West went 8.0
innings allowing only four hits and fanning four on the extra inning dual.

Lugo along with Stanley finished 2-for 4 on the game with Lugo launching a shot over the left field wall bringing herself and senior Katie Naumoff (Poland,
Ohio) across home plate. Junior Ali Wiegand (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the only other Panthers to hit off of Anderson for the nightcap.

Freshman Ida Danielson (Fairfield, Cal.) switched positions with West in the ninth after a single shot by Sanders on a pitching change by Head Coach Ellie
O’Shei. To keep West in the game, in case she needed to resume pitching, Danielson hit the circle while West went to first base.

The change of speed and style by Danielson effectively shut-down the Tars. Danielson (1-3) picked up her first save on the year sharing the shut-out with
West. She now has an 0.88 ERA while West improved her ERA as well this weekend falling below 2.0 with a 1.79.

Florida Tech is now 31-17 overall and 7-2 in the SSC, while Rollins finished the series with a 25-7 record and 4-2 in the conference. The Panther face two
more conference opponents next week with Eckerd at home on Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27 at 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.

Tech will then host Barry University in another SSC series next weekend. Game one on Friday 31st will be at 7:00 p.m. at BCC’s campus, while Saturday’s
double header will take place at the Nancy Bottge field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Rollins College 5, Florida Tech 0 (03/24/07 at Winter Park, Fla.) (Game 1)
Florida Tech…….. 000 000 0 – 0 1 1 (30-17, 6-2 SSC)
Rollins College….. 000 113 X – 5 7 0 (25-6, 4-1 SSC)
Pitchers: Florida Tech – Judith Husband; Heather Boyts(6). Rollins College – Ingrid Schumacher.
Win-Ingrid Schumacher(9-1) Loss-Judith Husband(14-5) T-1:30 A-0
HR RCS – Jamie Rausch (4); Ingrid Schumacher (5); Lauren Starcher (3).
Husband faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Game: FTS47

Florida Tech 2, Rollins College 0 (03/24/07 at Winter Park, Fla.) (Game 2)
Florida Tech…….. 000 000 002 – 2 5 0 (31-17, 7-2 SSC)
Rollins College….. 000 000 000 – 0 4 1 (25-7, 4-2 SSC)
Pitchers: Florida Tech – Amber West; Ida Danielson(9). Rollins College – Nicole Anderson.
Win-Amber West(11-8) Save-Ida Danielson(1) Loss-Nicole Anderson(16-6) T-3:00 A-113
HR FTS – Ashley Lugo (5).
West faced 1 batter in the 9th.
Game: FTS48

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