Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // March 28, 2014
Panthers Start Second Half of SSC Schedule Friday
Midway through its Sunshine State Conference schedule, Florida Tech opens its final homestand of the season with a single game today at 3 p.m. against Florida Southern at Nancy Bottge Field. The two teams will then return to the diamond on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Strike Out Cancer Day.
Following the series against the Moccasins, the Panthers’ home schedule will conclude next weekend against Rollins.
The three-game set this weekend is an important one for both squads. FIT is third in the conference standings at 22-14 overall and 7-5 in league play. Florida Southern, meanwhile, is tied for fifth at 18-11 on the season and 4-5 in SSC action.
The Panthers are coming off a doubleheader split against No. 22 Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday. They earned their fifth win over a top 25 team with a 5-0 shutout in game one. The tables were nearly turned in game two as the Sailfish had a 5-0 lead going into the seventh inning before Nicole Miller scored pinch runner Audrey Gangloff on a ground out.
FIT’s second-ranked pitching staff in the SSC will go against Florida Southern’s second-ranked offense. The Panthers have combined for a 1.98 ERA and they’re holding opponents to a .266 batting average. The Moccasins are hitting at a .297 clip and have struck out just 91 times in 811 at-bats.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Saturday’s doubleheader for Strike Out Cancer Day. Pink commemorative T-shirts will be available for $20 along with Otis Spunkmeyer pink chocolate chip cookies. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and cookies will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Tickets for regular season home softball games are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens ages 65 and above, youth ages 5-16 and non-Florida Tech students with school ID. FIT students, faculty and staff along with one guest and children four and under are free. FIT students, faculty and staff must show their school ID to receive free admission. One ticket grants admission into both games of the doubleheader.
Panthers Travel to Orlando for UCF Invitational
The Florida Tech Panthers are back in action this weekend, as they compete in the UCF Invitational. The two-day event begins Friday, and is hosted by the University of Central Florida. All events will take place at the UCF Track & Field Complex in Orlando.
The Panthers continued their record setting season last weekend at the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open. JoeMarie Reid led the way for the Panther women setting three new program records. Reed was part of the 4x100m relay team along with Rhoni Gavagni, Ashley Vezina, and Alyson Vezina that finished with a record time of 53.41 seconds. She also set a record in the 200 meter dash final with a time of 26.79 seconds, and in the 400 meters with a time of 59.46 seconds.
Connor Ahlborn provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.51 meters. The throw was also a new program record. Erica Neave took home the victory in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a program record time of 13:08.62.
Terence Brookins set a new program record on the men’s side in the 400 meters with a time of 49.40 seconds. Twaine Gordon also put his name in the record books in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.99 seconds.
Friday will feature the hammer and javelin throws for the men and women, and will begin at 1 p.m. ET. Field events will also kick off Saturday at 11 a.m., and the running events are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Panther Men Climb in Latest Coaches’ Poll
The Florida Tech Panthers have moved up to No. 17 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll. The squad advanced two spots after being ranked No. 19 in the previous poll.
The Panthers are coming off a victory at the Panther Invitational last week. Junior Ray Badenhorst won the individual championship, and was named Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for his performance.
Barry remains the top team in the nation.
The Bucs earned 18 out of the 19 first place votes. Lynn is still ranked second, and Nova Southeastern is at No. 8. Florida Southern fell to No. 19, and rounds out the SSC teams ranked in the top-25.
Rollins and Saint Leo received votes in the poll.