Florida Tech’s Elaine Brown and Nicole Miller Named DAKTRONICS All-South Region
By Florida Tech // May 12, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – One day after winning the NCAA South Region II Championship and advancing to the super regionals against Shorter, two Florida Tech players were recognized for their outstanding seasons.
Monday morning it was announced that Elaine Brown and Nicole Miller were named DAKTRONICS All-South Region. Brown landed on the first team, while Miller snagged second team laurels.
Both players were named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference last week.
During the regular season Brown registered a league-high 72 hits on the season for a .416 batting average, which led the team and ranked third in the conference.
A constant threat on the base paths, Elaine Brown topped the team with 36 runs scored and swiped 24 bases, second most among all Panthers.
Finally, the Covina, California native made life miserable for opposing batters as she patrolled center field, garnering a .970 fielding percentage with 62 putouts.
In postseason play, the Panther speedster recorded a .333 batting average with a run scored. She was also a perfect four for four on steal attempts and tallied five putouts in the field.
Though seeing some action as a catcher, Nicole Miller did most of her work at the plate as a designated player.
During the regular season the senior tallied a .343 batting average, second on the team, with 26 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
FIT’s biggest extra-base threat, the Canadian native plowed a team best 11 doubles and four home runs, including a grand slam.
Miller also ranked first among Panthers with a .517 slugging percentage and fell just a single point shy of Brown in on-base percentage at .447.
Miller only registered one hit during the regional tournament in Florence, Alabama but made it pay dividends. Her single in the sixth inning scored Brown for FIT’s lone run of the 2-1 loss to North Alabama on Sunday.
Brown also got the ball rolling for the Panthers in the 4-2 win that clinched the regional, plating Brigit Godfrey with a groundout for the first run of the game.
The Panthers season lives on as the team prepares for the NCAA Super Regionals versus Shorter in Rome, Georgia.
The two teams, who are both playing in the postseason for the first time, will open the best of three series on Friday at 5 p.m. ET with a second game following on Saturday at 1 p.m.
If necessary, a third game will be played on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.