Panthers Down Augusta State In Softball

By  //  February 18, 2013

FIT Improves To 6-9 On Season

DECATUR, ALABAMA – Florida Tech (6-9) concluded the UAH Charger Chillout with a 5-2 win over Augusta State (1-8) Sunday afternoon at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala.

Taylor Peterson hit two clutch doubles to help lead Florida Tech to a women’s softball victory over Augusta State in a tournament Sunday in Decatur, Ala. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

With the win, the Panthers conclude the six-game women’s softball tournament at 3-3.

Taylor Peterson smashed a pair of doubles and both came in key moments of the game. She broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first with an extra base hit down the left-field line to put FIT up 3-1.

Peterson then scored an insurance run in Nicole Shinsky on a double to right-center field in the fourth inning.

Amanda Smith (3-4) gave up two runs, one was earned, on six hits and one walk in seven innings for her third win of the season.

She stayed out of trouble most of the afternoon as the Jaguars scored one in the first and one in the seventh.

Elaine Brown and Shinsky also had two hits for the Panthers.

Before taking on Augusta State, North Alabama (9-0) remained unbeaten by defeating FIT 11-5. The Lions plated five runs in the seventh after their first five batters reached base in the inning.

Lindsy Dugan went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Taylor Smith (3-3) received the loss.

“UNA had aggressive batters that put a lot of pressure on our defense,” FIT head coach Val Silvestrini said. “In the second game, we had a great performance in the circle. ASU had the lead-off runner on base in the first five innings, but our defense did a great job keeping them from scoring. We hit the ball well, but we need to do better with runners on base.”

The Panthers will now begin the trek back to Melbourne and prepare for their home opener on Saturday against Webber International. The doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Nancy Bottge Field.