Panthers Fall In Softball Regular-Season Finale
By Space Coast Daily // April 22, 2013
Four Seniors Recognized Before Game
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech dropped its regular-season softball finale to Barry 9-1 in six innings Sunday afternoon at Nancy Bottge Field in Melbourne.
The Panthers fell to 25-22 overall and 12-12 in the Sunshine State Conference, while the Buccaneers improve to 29-16, 16-5 SSC.
Prior to the game, FIT recognized seniors from both teams for their contributions to their respective programs. Suiting up for the Crimson and Gray one last scheduled time were Kara Dickinson, Lindsy Dugan, Kyla Palaschak and Erica Tollett.
“It’s been a great season,” head coach Val Silvestrini said. “It’s been the best season since I started at Florida Tech. Our success this year was a result of our seniors and their leadership. They were great leaders for our team. They were always encouraging and always working really hard. They really wanted it for everyone, not just for themselves. It’s hard to see them go because they’ve done great things for our program on and off the field.”
FIT totaled eight hits with three coming off the bat of Dickinson. A four-year starter for Silvestrini, she went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
Barry, however, answered by scoring its first three runs, all were unearned, in the third. Kelly Martinez drove in two of the runs on a single up the middle. The Buccaneers capitalized on three Panther errors to put the game away over the last three innings.
Alexis Yohe (16-6) gave up one run on eight hits and no walks in a complete six innings of work for the win. Taylor Smith (8-7) received the loss despite not giving up an earned run.
With the Panthers’ regular season now over, the Sunshine State Conference’s remaining eight teams have their final games scheduled this upcoming week.
The NCAA will announce the field of 64 teams for the Division II tournament on Monday, May 6.