FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (softball) — Despite a rough two opening days for the Panthers, Florida Tech (7-9) finished the 2007 Barry/NSU Softball Tournament on a
high note defeating West Florida 2-1 in another nine inning bout and came back to take Lynn 7-6 in the nightcap for the Sunday sweep.
Senior hurler Judith Husband (Wewahitchka, Fla.) came off with two huge wins to boost her overall record to 4-1 with a season 0.95 ERA. She is also
tallying 44.1 innings pitched going 13.1 for the day with 25 strikeouts fanning eight for both games.
Fellow seniors’ Katie Naumoff (Poland, Ohio) and Kristen Fettes (Deltona, Fla.) led the way for the Panthers. Naumoff batting .750 and Fettes with a .500
hitting percentage combined for seven hits, three runs and three RBI’s for the victorious late inning comebacks.
After this weekend the battle for the top spot was won by Fettes now batting .400 for the season while Naumoff is close behind with a .357 hitting
In game one, Tech took on West Florida for the third time this season falling 3-2 in their first two meetings. In a déjà vu moment for the crimson and gray
sluggers, Tech took the game to extra innings tied 1-1. This time the Panthers proved their dominance in the ninth.
The Argonauts struck first in the bottom of the fourth after successfully moving pinch runner Franny Bell home on a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. Taren
Walton, replaced by Bell, doubled to center field. Despite their efforts the blue and green would only score this one lone run.
The Panthers immediately answered back in the top of the 5th inning knotting the score 1-to-1. Freshman Ida Danielson (Fairfield, Cal.) started the rally
off singling to left field. Fellow freshman Leah Tymeson (Lincoln University, Pa.) proceeded to smack one through the right side moving Danielson to second
base. Sophomore Rebecca Cavazos (Dallas, Tex.) pinch ran for Danielson scoring Tech’s first run. Fettes launched one through the left side to plate
Despite the tying effort, Tech only pulled off the one run remaining knotted until the ninth. With the international tie-breaker ruled placed in
affect in the eighth neither team scored.
In the top of the ninth, Junior Ali Wiegand (Tallahassee, Fla.) was placed on second. Wiegand advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Argo’s starter
Emily Burge. Burge then walked Danielson and struck out Tymeson. Junior Danielle Stanley (Garyson, Ga.) singled on a bunt advancing Danielson to second
base. Burge, unfortunately, walked home Tech’s winning run placing Naumoff on and scoring Wiegand.
In game two, it looked like the crimson and gray sluggers were in for a hard fall after only scoring one run in the first four innings allowing Lynn a four
run advantage 5-1 before the bottom of the fifth rally.
In the first, senior Laura Chisena (Ocoee, Fla.) pulled off the first RBI sending Naumoff home off a nice shot up the middle. With the score tied 1-1, Lynn
came back in the third to light up four more runs.
Tech answered in the fifth taking advantage of three errors on the part of the Fighting Knights. Tymeson and Stanley both reached on errors with a wild
pitch advancing Stanley to second. Again, Naumoff was walked and Fettes got the inning rolling with a shot down the left line scoring Tymeson. Junior
Ashley Lugo (Cape Coral, Fla.) proceeded to send one through the left side plating both Stanley and Naumoff.
Wiegand would come up big sending two more Panthers home and eventually scoring the game winner. With a long shot to left center, Wiegand doubled sending
both Lugo and Fettes back to the dug-out. Finally Danielson, with two outs singled to left field sending Wiegand home for the seventh run of the game and
sixth of the inning.
Fettes went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. While both Lugo and Wiegand combined for four RBI and two hits.
The Panthers will be back in action on Wednesday and Thursday of next week hosting Saint Leo in their first Sunshine State Conference meeting of the year.
On the 21st, Tech will host Saint Leo at Brevard CC on their softball field for a night game at 7:00 p.m. and host the double header on the 22nd at the
Nancy Bottge field at 2:00 p.m.
Florida Tech 2, West Florida 1 (2/18/07 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Florida Tech…….. 000 010 001 – 2 9 2 (6-9)
West Florida…….. 000 100 000 – 1 5 0 (7-4)
Pitchers: Florida Tech – Judith Husband; Heather Boyts(9). West Florida – Emily Burge.
Win-Judith Husband Save-Heather Boyts Loss-Emily Burge T-2:19 A-121
Florida Tech 7, Lynn University 6 (2/18/07 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Lynn University….. 104 001 0 – 6 7 4 (4-8)
Florida Tech…….. 100 060 X – 7 7 2 (7-9)
Pitchers: Lynn University – Cristin Kelly; Kara Henderson(6). Florida Tech – Heather Boyts;
Win-Judith Husband Loss-Cristin Kelly T-1:37 A-74
HR LUS – Ashley Byrd.