Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // April 18, 2014
Panthers Begin Racing at South Region Championships Today
Florida Tech will open the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships with heat racing on Friday at the Melton Lake Rowing Venue.
Fifty-six crews are scheduled to compete in the two-day event, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, George Washington, Kansas State and Temple. The women will also race against Sunshine State Conference schools Nova Southeastern, Rollins and Tampa.
The Panthers will race in the opening event, the women’s pair, at 1 p.m. They will then compete in the women’s varsity four at 4:38 p.m., the men’s varsity four at 4:55 p.m., the women’s varsity eight at 5:46 p.m. and the men’s varsity eight at 6:09 p.m.
No. 8 Rollins Downs No. 37 Panther Tennis In Regular Season Finale
No. 37 Florida Tech (10-12, 1-7 SSC) resumed its match against No. 8 Rollins College (16-5, 5-3 SSC) on Thursday morning on the campus courts, but could not rally from behind and fell to the Tars, 9-0.
The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. Rollins led 3-0 after doubles play before storms forced the match to be postponed.
“It was good to see our girls battling today,” said head coach Bill Macom. “All were down in their matches when they were delayed by rain two days ago. They had an opportunity for a fresh start and competed well. Hopefully this gives us some momentum heading into a tough conference tournament draw.”
The Panthers close out the season 10-12 overall and 1-7 in conference play, and will be the No. 8 seed in the upcoming Sunshine State Conference Tournament, scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 24 at the Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex and the Tiedtike Tennis Courts on the campus of Rollins.
Softball Closes Out Regular Season with Series at Nova Southeastern
Florida Tech will play its final three games of the regular season against Sunshine State Conference counterpart Nova Southeastern over the next two days at the AD Griffin Sports Complex.
The series opens with a single game on Thursday at 6 p.m. The two teams will then play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m.
FIT (23-22, 8-13 SSC) is in search of its fourth conference series win of the season. The Panthers played at Barry last weekend and fell two times in three games. Nicole Shinsky helped her team hit .295 in the series with a .556 batting average. She chipped in five of FIT’s 11 RBIs.
Brigit Godfrey and Elaine Brown are batting .312 and .311, respectively. Godfrey has a team-high 44 hits with 25 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Brown has also swiped 18 bags and both are tied for fifth in stolen bases in the SSC.
Rachel Pence (14-10) has the sixth-lowest ERA in the conference at 2.09. Only Niki Fogle (21-5) of Rollins has more wins than the Panthers’ freshman.
Pence leads the SSC with 171.0 innings pitched, eight shutouts and 18 complete games.
Nova Southeastern (25-17, 12-6 SSC) lost a three-game conference series to No. 2 Tampa last weekend.
The Spartans won game one 5-0 before the Sharks forced a rubber game with a 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Tampa prevailed in the series finale, 3-2.
Pitcher and first baseman Erika Garcia has put together a strong senior season for the Sharks. She enters Thursday’s game batting .395 with 49 hits, including 14 doubles and six home runs along with 44 RBIs.
Garcia has proved to be just as valuable to Sharks’ head coach Lesa Bonee in the pitching circle, where she is 9-6 in 21 appearances, 10 have been starts. She owns a team-best 2.51 ERA and is holding batters to a .239 average.