Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup

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Eighth Inning Dooms No. 6 Panthers Against Sailfish

The No. 6 Florida Tech Panthers traveled to the Santaluces Sports Complex Tuesday for a mid-week region game against Palm Beach Atlantic and at one point, the Panthers led 5-0, but the Sailfish rallied and earned the 7-6 victory.

The Panthers led for most of the game Tuesday night, but the Sailfish came back and won 7-6. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers led for most of the game Tuesday night, but the Sailfish came back and won 7-6. (Florida Tech image)

After scoring three runs in the first inning, the Panthers (16-6) took control of the game with two more in the second. Sophomore Austin Allen sent a double down the right field line, which brought home both freshman Trent Masih and junior David Johannessen. The runs put the Panthers up 5-0 early.

The Sailfish (9-11-1) fought back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Sailfish used two Panther errors to score their first two runs of the game. Joel Buchko brought home the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Up 5-3, the Panthers added a run in the sixth inning. Masih sent a sacrifice fly to center field that scored senior Ray Maggi.

Austin Allen

Austin Allen

Leading by three runs in the eighth inning, the Panthers were six outs away from another victory. However, the Sailfish charged back with four runs in the inning, and took the lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ryan Drew brought in a run with a base hit down the right-field line. Ryan Gerber then tied the game with a 2-RBI single into right field. Spencer Castro laid down a bunt that scored Drew, as the Sailfish executed the squeeze play to take a 7-6 lead.

The Panthers had a runner on base at two different times in the top of the ninth, but could not score the tying run as the Sailfish earned the win.

Gerardo Dudamel

Gerardo Dudamel

Ryan Cota (3-1) earned the victory for the Sailfish. Cota pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen and did not give up a hit. Dominic Monda pitched the ninth inning, and earned his third save of the season.

Sophomore Gerardo Dudamel (2-1) suffered the loss for the Panthers. Junior Chase Wissman started the game for the Panthers and pitched seven innings. Wissman gave up three runs with two being earned, did not walk a batter, and struck out two in the no decision.

The Panthers will look to rebound this weekend when they host Eckerd in Sunshine State Conference play. The series begins Friday night at 6 p.m. ET at Seminick-Hall Field. The two teams will then play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at FloridaTechSports.com for all three games.

Name Pos. Ht. Ht. Wt. B/T Class
2 Tyler Doughty INF 6-4 195 R/R Sr. Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota HS)
5 David Johannessen OF 5-9 175 L/R R-Jr. Melbourne, Fla. (FAU)
6 Ray Maggi OF 5-9 180 R/R Sr. South Salem, N.Y. (Dean College)
7 Trent Masih INF 5-7 160 R/R Fr. Lake Howell, Fla. (Lake Howell HS)
8 David Wilson INF 6-0 175 R/R Fr. San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS)
9 Jorge Chavarria INF 5-10 175 R/R Sr. Harmony, Fla. (Northwest Florida St. College)
10 Andrew Bartlett INF 5-11 185 R/R Sr. Ocala, Fla. (High Point)
11 Kevin Wortman OF 5-8 170 R/R Jr. Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)
12 Max Geller INF 6-0 180 R/R Fr. Gulfport, Fla. (St. Pete Catholic HS)
13 Dillon Rose P 6-0 175 R/R Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
14 Grant Willcoxon P 6-1 170 R/R Fr. Melbourne, Fla. (Viera HS)
15 Dan Bodziak OF 5-10 165 L/R Sr. Sarasota, Fla. (State College of Florida)
16 Brett Porter P 5-11 175 R/R Fr. Lake Mary, Fla. (Lake Mary HS)
17 Trevor Berry P 6-3 190 L/L Sr. Oviedo, Fla. (Santa Fe College)
18 Brad Jones C 6-2 195 R/R R-Fr. Williston, Fla. (Williston HS)
19 Jimmie Koch INF/OF 6-2 215 L/L Sr. Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota HS)
20 Gerardo Dudamel P 6-1 175 L/L R-So. Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales HS)
22 Ashton Fronsoe P 6-2 170 R/R Jr. Palm City, Fla. (Brevard CC)
23 Austin Allen C 6-4 225 L/R So. Kirkland, Mo. (Chaminade HS)
24 De’Von Richardson OF 5-8 160 R/R R-Jr. Tampa, Fla. (Middleton HS)
26 Andrew Calderone OF 6-2 185 R/R Fr. Stuart, Fla. (South Fork HS)
27 Erik Molina INF 5-10 195 R/R Fr. Miami, Fla. (Miami Killian HS)
28 Michael Knott P 6-0 185 R/R So. Venice, Fla. (Venics HS)
30 Connor Norton P 6-0 185 R/R So. Boca Raton, Fla. (Pope John Paul HS)
31 Tim Burr P 5-10 200 L/L Fr. Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS)
32 Grant McKown INF 6-3 195 R/R Fr. Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland Christian HS)
33 Brock Bontrager OF 6-0 185 R/R Sr. Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota HS)
34 Scotty Ward P 6-2 190 L/L Jr. Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek HS)
36 John Yurso INF 5-8 175 L/R Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore HS)
37 Chase Wissman P 6-4 210 R/R Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF)
38 Will Simpson P 6-2 170 R/R Fr. Coconut Creek, Fla. (North Broward HS)
39 Luke Lorah P 6-4 210 L/L Fr. Melbourne, Fla. (Melbourne, HS)
40 Brion Ashley P 6-4 205 R/R Fr. Port Charlotte, Fla. (Port Charlotte HS)
44 Adam Rosenfield C 6-2 205 R/R Fr. Viera, Fla. (Satellite HS)
49 Jerrod Leinhauser P 6-3 165 R/R Jr. Sarasota, Fla. (Braden River HS)
Coaching Staff
Greg Berkemeier Head Coach
Matt Mercurio Assistant Coach
Lee Stange Pitching Coach
Nick Brennan Assistant Coach
Randall Thompson Assistant Coach

Women’s Tennis Wins Fourth Straight, Men Rained Out

No. 18 Florida Tech (6-7) won its fourth consecutive match Wednesday morning at the DeSoto Tennis Courts, defeating the University of Southern Indiana (5-7), 7-2, and No. 45 men’s tennis (3-5) was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up.

Katie Close earned a straight set win in singles No. 4 yesterday defeating the University of Southern Indiana (5-7), 7-2, and No. 45 men’s tennis (3-5) was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. The men were scheduled to host NCAA Division I program Boston University (5-7) at Kiwi Tennis Club. (Florida Tech image)

Katie Close earned a straight set win in singles No. 4 yesterday defeating the University of Southern Indiana (5-7), 7-2, and No. 45 men’s tennis (3-5) was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. The men were scheduled to host NCAA Division I program Boston University (5-7) at Kiwi Tennis Club. (Florida Tech image)

The men were scheduled to host NCAA Division I program Boston University (5-7) at Kiwi Tennis Club.

No. 12 Kristina Huba returned to singles play and defeated Morgan Coquerille, 6-0, 6-1, in flight No. 1, Natasa Vukovic and Chloe Chanleyearned their fourth straight singles win in No. 2 and 3, respectively, and Katie Close and Jessica Widmark downed their opponents in straight sets in singles No. 5 and No. 6.

In doubles action, No. 19 Huba and Vukovic won their fifth straight match and improved to 12-3 overall and 9-3 in the spring with an 8-1 win in doubles No. 1. Chanley and Meritt Rabson registered their third consecutive victory in doubles No. 2, defeating Shannon Joyce and Brenna Wu, 8-6.

Kristina Huba

Kristina Huba

With the victory, the Panthers have now won four straight for the first time since their eight-game win streak from Feb. 23 to March 11, 2013.

FIT concludes its three matches in three days today at 6 p.m. against Bentley University at Suntree Tennis Club. The men host the Falcons (4-3) at 12 p.m. tomorrow on the campus tennis courts.

Singles competition
1. #12 Kristina Huba (FITW) def. Coquerille, Morgan (USI) 6-0, 6-2
2. Natasa Vukovic (FITW) def. Wilm, Elizabeth (USI) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Chloe Chanley (FITW) def. Wu, Brenna (USI) 6-0, 6-1
4. Skinner, Elizabeth (USI) def. Meritt Rabson (FITW) 6-3, 7-5
5. Katie Close (FITW) def. Brannon, Kymberly (USI) 6-0, 6-3
6. Jessica Widmark (FITW) def. Hoover, Alyssa (USI) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #19 Kristina Huba/Natasa Vukovic (FITW) def. Wilm, Elizabeth/Coquerille, Morgan (USI) 8-1
2. Chloe Chanley/Meritt Rabson (FITW) def. Joyce, Shannon/Wu, Brenna (USI) 8-6
3. Skinner, Elizabeth/Camp, Miranda (USI) def. Katie Close/Aly Ruschak (FITW) 8-6


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