MELBOURNE, Fla. (softball) Florida Tech (36-21, 12-6) finished on top of the three game Sunshine State Conference series for the doubleheader sweep against
the Nova Southeastern Sharks (23-24, 3-9) 1-to-0 in game one and 8-to-6 in the nightcap.
Tech despite a rough start yesterday with a 4-0 loss, Tech came back on fire today to really make Senior Day a double header to remember for the Panthers
honored seniors’ Judith Husband (Wewahitchka, Fla.), Laura Chisena (Ocoee, Fla.), Kristen Fettes (Deltona, Fla.) and Katie Naumoff (Poland, Ohio).
Freshman Sara Oram (Indian Harbor, Fla.) was the driving force behind both wins on the day going 3-for-4 with two runs, one double and one RBI. She
finished with a .750 batting average in the doubleheader spreading out her scoring in both. She was one of five Panthers to hit safely in for the day.
Fettes, who also spread the wealth on the series, also tallied three hits batting .429 today. She led the team with two RBI’s and added a double and a run.
Naumoff, junior Jen Wise (Auburndale, Fla.), junior Danielle Stanley (Grayson, Ga.) and freshman Ida Danielson each chipped in two hits for the
double-header with Naumoff, Danielson and Wise hitting safely for the day.
In game one, junior hurler Amber West (Apopka, Fla.) pitched her 8th shut-out of the 2007 campaign throwing seven innings allowing six hits. West (14-9)
struck out eleven batters and walked two for the win.
Jen Wise scored Tech’s first and only run in the bottom of the 5th after reaching on an error by the short-stop. Sarah Oram would plate Wise for the
Senior Adrian Tuttle (Conneaut, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Sharks allowing five hits on one run. Tuttle (8-8) walked one and fanned one for her six
innings of work.
In game two, the play of the day came on the final out of the ball game. Tech’s second baseman Ali Wiegand (Tallahassee, Fla.) came through defensively.
With a two-out rally and two more runs scored by the Sharks, after just missing a previous foul play, Wiegand dove into the right field fence past the
third base dugout to seal the win catching a long foul fly sending Leslie Buchmann (Umatilla, Fla.) back to the dugout.
Husband (16-6) was the winning pitcher hurling six innings allowing five hits including an unearned grand slam. She fanned three Sharks. Reliever West
sealed the deal throwing the final inning allowing two hits and one unearned run.
The Panthers did their major damage in the bottom of the fourth to start the rally. Oram started the ball rolling slugging one through the left side for a
double. She advanced to third after Stanley effectively reached on a fielder’s choice. Chisena was loaded the bases after a free trip to first base. With
the bases loaded Fettes stepped up jamming a double shit down the left line to plate both Oram and Stanley.
After one out Danielson knocked a single shot through the left side sending Chisena home and Fettes to third base. Danielson who stole second base caused a
throwing error by the catcher to plate Fettes.
Tech answered again in the fifth with another run. Oram, again, scored after changing up her hitting slicing one through right side. Stanley then proceeded
to launch one of two triples for the night cap to bring Oram home.
Senior Katie Veltri (Loxahatchee, Fla.) broke up the shut-out for Husband after launching a grand slam in the top of the sixth. This brought the score to a
close 5-4 game. Veltri broke a NSU record for career homeruns.
Not giving up, the Crimson and Gray sluggers proceed to add two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Ashley Coleman (Molalla, Ore.)
plated Naumoff on a deep shot shellacked off the fight field fence. Jen Wise would single up the middle allowing Coleman to score with the help of a
throwing error by the centerfielder.
Holding NSU to four runs Tech scored again in the sixth. Stanley with her second triple later scored off another double “wall banger” by Naumoff to right
Panthers struggled a bit defensively in the seventh an unfortunately game up two more unearned runs by the Sharks’ senior tandem Tuttle and Veltri.
Along with Tech’s seniors both Tuttle and Veltri were honored today in a ceremony held between the doubleheader. Gifts, balloons and flowers were given to
the senior honorees as well as poster sized action portraits presented to Tech’s Fab Four.
The Panthers who are now ranked 7th in the NCAA DII South Region Poll face #6 ranked
Florida Southern. The Mocs who are also ranked #16th in the NFCA National Poll will host Tech Monday
and Tuesday, April 9th and 10th in night games.
To view the senior day program: http://gopanthers.fit.edu/uploads/14009_2007/2007SoftballSeniorDayProgram.pdf
Florida Tech 1, Nova Southeastern 0 (04/07/07 at Melbourne, Fla.) (Game 1)
Nova Southeastern… 000 000 0 – 0 6 2 (23-23, 11-6 SSC)
Florida Tech…….. 000 010 X – 1 5 1 (35-21, 3-8 SSC)
Pitchers: Nova Southeastern – Adrian Tuttle. Florida Tech – Amber West.
Win-Amber West(14-9) Loss-Adrian Tuttle(8-8) T-2:15 A-0
Florida Tech 8, Nova Southeastern 6 (04/07/07 at Melbourne, Fla.) (Game 2)
Nova Southeastern… 000 040 2 – 6 8 2 (23-24, 3-9 SSC)
Florida Tech…….. 004 121 X – 8 12 4 (36-21, 12-6 SSC)
Pitchers: Nova Southeastern – Dani Caron; Adrian Tuttle(4). Florida Tech – Judith Husband;
Win-Judith Husband(16-6) Loss-Dani Caron(9-13) T-2:15 A-147
HR NSS – Katie Veltri (11).
Husband faced 1 batter in the 7th.