No. 4 Florida Tech Historic Season Ends After 7-1 Loss To West Florida In NCAA Super Regional
By Florida Tech // May 18, 2019
Florida Tech's season ends with record of 42-12
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – No. 4 Florida Tech softball season has come to a close as the team loses game two of the South Super Regional 7-1 to West Florida.
Despite an earlier than hoped for departure, the Panthers put together a season for the record books. Over the course of the Spring, the women tallied 42 wins which ties the program high and rose to No. 4 in the nation which is a program record.
The Crimson and Gray won its first Sunshine State Conference championship and the team’s second-ever berth into the postseason and first time hosting a regional tournament.
The Panthers also claimed two regular season crowns as they were the NFCA DII Leadoff Classic champions and the DII Florida Tech Invitational at Central Florida Spring Training. In those two tournaments, the team cruised to 5-0 records.
Tech also rattled off two double digit win streaks. The first one was 14 games strong in the early parts of the season. The second came late in the season which helped clinch the team’s conference title and South Region 2 crown. Once the dust settled on this one it’s totaled 12 straight victories.
When asked about the team head coach, Val Silvestrini, said “this has been a very special season with a very special team.”
Coach Silvestrini went onto thank the senior class on their leadership and setting the tone not only for this year but what she believes to be for the trajectory for the Panthers going forward.
Melanie Murphy (25-7) took the circle for the final time in a Tech uniform. She put together a respectable performance as she allowed seven runs, three earned, on nine hits.
“They [West Florida] are a really good team and hits the ball well to keep the pressure going,” remarked Murphy. She also went on to wish UWF well on their pursuit of a national title.
The game started off with an early Tech lead when Jaden Kline sent a ball through the left side that gave Cheyenne Nelson enough time to cross home plate. After this bottom of the first inning run no one came across the bag until the sixth.
Unfortunately, an Argo’s outburst in the sixth and seventh gave them a 7-1 lead. This proved to be enough as they shut down the Panthers in their final chance at-bat.
Florida Tech will take a well deserved break for the summer and will be back at it in the fall for the Spring 2020 season.
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