Jackson, Pence Named FIT Athletes of the Week

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Sunshine State Conference Players of the Week Corbin Jackson and Rachel Pence of Florida Tech were selected Panther Student-Athletes of the Week Monday evening.

Jackson, a redshirt sophomore from Rockledge, Fla., earned his third SSC weekly award of the season on Monday. The accolade is the sixth for FIT and it’s the most of any men’s basketball team in the SSC this season. He scored 26 points and added nine rebounds, eight blocks and five assists in 42 minutes against Barry on Jan. 29. Three days later, he matched his 18 points with 18 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. His double-doubles total ranks fourth in NCAA Division II and leads the SSC. Pence, a freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., was named the SSC’s first Pitcher of the Week presented by VALIC for the 2014 season. She started her Panther career by throwing a five-inning perfect game in FIT’s season opener on Feb. 1. In the 10-0 win, she never allowed the ball to leave the infield, fell behind in the count only once and never had a three-ball count to earn her first collegiate victory.

Corbin Jackson, a redshirt sophomore from Rockledge, Fla., earned his third SSC weekly award of the season on Monday. Rachel Pence, a freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., was named the SSC’s first Pitcher of the Week presented by VALIC for the 2014 season. (Florida Tech images)

Jackson, a redshirt sophomore from Rockledge, Fla., earned his third SSC weekly award of the season on Monday. The accolade is the sixth for FIT and it’s the most of any men’s basketball team in the SSC this season.

He scored 26 points and added nine rebounds, eight blocks and five assists in 42 minutes against Barry on Jan. 29. Three days later, he matched his 18 points with 18 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. His double-doubles total ranks fourth in NCAA Division II and leads the SSC.

JACKSON AVERAGED 22 POINTS

For the week, he averaged 22.0 points on 66 percent shooting, 13.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 3.5 assists and one steal per game.

After helping FIT jump out to its best start since 2005 at 3-0, Pence and the softball team will open the Eckerd College Spring Invitational on Friday at 7 p.m. In their first game of the three day invitational, they will oppose Armstrong Atlantic at 7 p.m. at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Live stats will be offered for all five games at FloridaTechSports.com/live.

Pence, a freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., was named the SSC’s first Pitcher of the Week presented by VALIC for the 2014 season.

Rachel Pence (Florida Tech image)

Rachel Pence (Florida Tech image)

She started her Panther career by throwing a five-inning perfect game in FIT’s season opener on Feb. 1. In the 10-0 win, she never allowed the ball to leave the infield, fell behind in the count only once and never had a three-ball count to earn her first collegiate victory.

In her next outing on Feb. 2, she recorded her first save in the Panthers’ 8-1 victory against Webber International. She pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just one base runner on an infield blooper. She finished her second outing with six strikeouts.

Jackson and the Panthers will host Saint Leo on Greek Night this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Clemente Center. FIT enters the game at 14-6 overall and 4-5 in SSC play, while the Lions are 16-6 on the season and 4-5 in the SSC.

After helping FIT jump out to its best start since 2005 at 3-0, Pence and the softball team will open the Eckerd College Spring Invitational on Friday at 7 p.m. In their first game of the three day invitational, they will oppose Armstrong Atlantic at 7 p.m. at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Live stats will be offered for all five games at FloridaTechSports.com/live.


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