Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // April 1, 2014
Men’s Golf in Fifth Place After Day One of Buccaneer Invitational
The No. 17 Florida Tech Panthers began the Buccaneer Invitational Monday with the first two rounds of play. The Panthers were tied for lead after the first round, and slipped back into a tie for fifth at the end of the first 36 holes.
The Panthers started off strong with a two-under-par round of 282 through the first 18 holes, and were tied for the lead. Junior Justin Kalanquinled the team with a two-under-par 69 in the first round. Junior Ray Badenhorst was also in red numbers for the first round with a one-under-par 70. Junior Ryan Carter shot an even par 71, and freshman Joe Ellis was one-over-par with a 72 in round one. Freshman Brett Krog shot a 74 for the first round.
The squad fell back in the second round with a 294, and a day one total of 576. Kalanquin and Badenhorst both led the Panthers in the second round with scores of two-over-par 73. Carter and Krog both shot a 74 in the second round, and Ellis finished with a round two score of 80.
The third and final round of the Buccaneer Invitational at Normandy Shores Golf Club gets underway Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. ET.
Palm Beach Atlantic Agrees to Provisional Membership with SSC
The Sunshine State Conference (SSC) has received official acceptance from Palm Beach Atlantic University to become a provisional member of the conference beginning July 1, 2014.
Palm Beach Atlantic joins Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who will also become a provisional member this July.
PBA will serve a three-year provisional term before becoming a full member of the SSC.
The provisional agreement with the SSC requires the institution to meet certain requirements before it can be eligible to compete for conference championships and become a full non-conditional member.
If all requirements are met, the Sailfish will begin competing fully in the SSC during the 2017-18 athletic season.
“On behalf of the presidents in the Sunshine State Conference, we welcome Palm Beach Atlantic,” said Chair of SSC Presidents Council and President/CEO of Nova Southeastern University Dr. George L. Hanbury II. “We are excited for the opportunity to grow to 11 member institutions with the acceptance of Embry-Riddle in December and now Palm Beach Atlantic, both as provisional members.”
Baseball Closes Out Home Stand Tuesday Night Against No. 1 Tampa
The Florida Tech Panthers will bring an end to the current home stand Tuesday night when they host No. 1 Tampa at Seminick-Hall Field. The Panthers (19-15, 3-9 SSC) are coming off a rough week where they went 1-4. After falling to Montevallo, and defeating Webber International, the squad was swept in SSC play by Saint Leo. The Lions won game one 6-3, and took the next two games, 11-9 and 3-0.
Senior Jimmie Koch hit three home runs for the Panthers last week. Fellow senior Jorge Chavarria and sophomore Austin Allen each added a home run as well. Freshman Luke Lorah had the best pitching performance for the Panthers last week. Lorah threw six shutout innings in the 2-0 victory over Webber International. He picked up his first career victory, and the six shutout innings were the most for a Panther freshman since the 2012 season.
No. 1 Tampa (31-2, 11-1 SSC), the defending national champion, has been ranked as the top team in the nation since the preseason. The Spartans had a 23-game win streak come to an end this past weekend against Florida Southern, but Tampa rebounded to take the series from the Mocs in the finale.
The Spartans are led in hitting by Stephen Dezzi who has a .400 average. The squad leads the SSC in hitting with a team average of .333. Nick Tindall leads the club with 31 RBIs, and Dezzi has 29 so far this season. The Spartans also have three of the top-10 pitchers in the SSC rankings in Preston Packrall, David Heintz, and Trey Oest.
The last time these two teams played each other was in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division II South Regional. The Spartans won 11-6, and they took three out of the five games played against the Panthers last season. Tuesday will mark the 115th overall game between the Panthers and Spartans, and Tampa leads the all-time series 86-28.
First pitch Tuesday night is set for 6 p.m. ET, and live stats and audio will be available at FloridaTechSports.com. After Tuesday night, the Panthers will hit the road for a SSC series at Rollins beginning Friday night.