Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // March 27, 2014
FIT Splits Doubleheader with No. 22 Palm Beach Atlantic
Florida Tech earned a split in its last two non-conference games of the regular season on Wednesday, beating No. 22 Palm Beach Atlantic 5-0 in game one, but falling 5-1 in game two of the doubleheader at the Lake Catherine Sports Complex.
The Panthers return to Melbourne at 22-14 overall, while the Sailfish improve to 22-7 on the season.
Rachel Pence (13-7) fired her eighth shutout in her 16th complete game of the season in game one. The psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla. permitted five Sailfish hits and one walk, while striking out five. A Palm Beach Atlantic base runner reached second base only twice and neither runner advanced to third base over seven innings.
Taylor Peterson delivered a one-out, two-run RBI single in the third inning of game one to put the first two runs up on the scoreboard. The Panthers tacked on three more in the fourth. Two runs came in on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error. The third and final run of the inning was scored on a fielding error.
Baseball Shuts Out Webber International 2-0
The Florida Tech Panthers wrapped up the midweek slate of games Wednesday night when they hosted Webber International at Seminick-Hall Field.
After scoring 16 runs Tuesday night against Montevallo, the Panthers needed just two to earn the 2-0 victory over the Warriors.
After three scoreless innings, the Panthers were first on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jorge Chavarria scored freshman Grant McKown with a single to third base.
The Panthers (19-12) added to their advantage in the fifth with another run. Freshman David Wilsonsent a base hit into left field, which scored juniorDavid Johannessen. The run put the Panthers up 2-0.
Webber International (19-21) had runners on second and third in the top of the eighth, but could not bring the runs home.
That would be the last time the Warriors had runners on base, as the Panthers earned the win.
Freshman Luke Lorah (1-1) earned the win for the Panthers behind six shutout innings.
Lorah allowed just four hits, and struck out three. Junior Jerrod Leinhauser pitched the ninth inning, and earned his third save of the season.
Dylan Price (2-2) suffered the loss for the Warriors.
Price pitched five innings, gave up two runs with only one being earned, and struck out one.
The Panthers will return to Sunshine State Conference play this weekend when they host a series against Saint Leo. The series begins Friday night at 6 p.m. ET. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon, and live stats and audio will be available for all three games at FloridaTechSports.com.