CLEARWATER, Fla. (softball) –Florida Tech finishes off their third tournament of the year with a 13-11 overall record and 3-2 tournament record taking
home the bronze finish out of eight teams including five conference opponent’s and two DII regional foes and one ranked Northern DII team. The Panthers
split the first day; facing Florida Gulf Coast in a tight game one falling 2-1 to the top ranked Eagles. They came back to shut down Palm Beach Atlantic
for the third time this season tying their season best in runs 9-to-5.
In day two, the Panthers came on strong putting away SSC opponent’s Rollins and Nova Southeastern for the sweep. The stepped up big late in the game to
take the win 3-2 from the Tars and completely shut down the Sharks in a 4-0 victory.
The final day was a disappointing end for the tournament; falling 8-6 in extra innings to ranked LeMoyne College from New York. Tech showed their exhaust
after playing eight games in five days including their first ever conference sweep of Saint Leo earlier in the week.
“We played strong every game,” said head coach Ellie O’Shei. “On Sunday the girls were tired and played tired. We just didn’t capitalize on the
opportunities; but all in all, we played very well over the weekend.”
Five Panthers batted over .400 for the weekend play including junior Jen Wise (Auburndale, Fla.) who finished with a .571 average. She chipped in eight
hits, five runs, three doubles and four RBI including her season first home run against the Sailfish.
Senior catcher Kristen Fettes (Deltona, Fla.) was close behind hitting .471 for the tourney. She also had eight hits with five runs, one double, one triple
and four RBI. Junior designated player Ashley Lugo (Cape Coral, Fla.) has also been stepping up big for Tech plating five RBI’s for the weekend on six hits
and one double.
The senior and freshman infield pair of Katie Naumoff (Poland, Ohio) and Ida Danielson (Fairfield, Cal.) rounded out the hitting Panthers. Naumoff finished
the tournament batting .412 with Danielson topping her smuggling a .429 for the week. The combined for 14 hits, eight runs and five RBI’s.
Danielson (1-1) also pitched in two games with 6.2 inning pitched fanning four and allowing no earned runs for the weekend.
Senior Judith Husband (Wewahitchka, Fla.) made four appearances concluding her three days with a 0.70 ERA and also going 1-1 for tournament. She struck out
three and only allowed one earned run.
Junior Amber West (Apopka, Fla.) picked up a big win throwing the most innings going 16.0 with nine strikeouts.
“The team is really putting it all together on the field,” stated O’Shei. “Team chemistry is really awesome right now as well and we are looking forward to
getting back out on the field for practice on Wednesday to prepare for Lynn this weekend.”