Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // April 22, 2014
Baseball Travels to Saint Leo Tonight
The Florida Tech Panthers will hit the road for the final non-conference game of the season Tuesday night when they face Saint Leo. The Panthers will be looking for a measure of revenge after the Lions swept the Sunshine State Conference series earlier this season at Seminick-Hall Field.
The Panthers (25-19, 9-12 SSC) dropped two-of-three games to Barry last weekend, but won the finale 9-1 on Sunday. The Bucs took the first two games of the series 14-8, and 6-4. Senior Jimmie Koch added two home runs to his total this past weekend, and now leads the club with seven. Fellow senior Andrew Bartlett hit .538 for the series with four doubles, and drove in four runs. Sophomore Austin Allen also had a good weekend at the plate, as he tallied seven hits over the three games including two doubles.
Junior Ashton Fronsoe led the pitching staff, as he picked up the complete game victory in the finale. He pitched the full seven innings, allowed just one run, and struck out four. The victory evened Fronsoe’s record this season to 3-3.
The Lions (29-13, 11-7 SSC) have been on a roll recently, and took their SSC series from then No. 4 Lynn this past weekend, two games to one. After starting conference play 0-6, the Lions have won 11 out of their last 12 SSC games. Nick Perez leads the club, and the SSC in hitting with a .420 average. Fran Whitten leads the Lions with 38 RBIs followed by Cole Stancil who has 37.
Nine different pitchers have made at least one start for the Lions this season, and the squad has a staff ERA of 4.57.
The three wins by the Lions over the Panthers earlier this season extended their lead in the all-time series to 63-49-1. However, the Panthers have won two out of the last three games played at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Tuesday night. Live stats will be available at FloridaTechSports.com courtesy of Saint Leo. After Tuesday night, the Panthers will be off until they finish the 2014 regular season at No.1 Tampa May 3-4.
Panthers Compete at Tom Jones Memorial Invitational
The Florida Tech Panthers sent field athletes to compete at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational Saturday. The event was hosted by the University of Florida.
Connor Ahlborn got the day started for the Panthers when she finished fifth in the women’s hammer throw. Ahlborn turned in a toss of 51.21 meters. Rhoni Gavagni finished 10th in the javelin throw with a toss of 26.15 meters.
On the men’s side, Daltyn Earl placed six in the discus throw with a toss of 36.27 meters. Kevin Delgado finished third in the shot put at 15.06 meters, and Chris Bridgeman placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 39.71 meters.
The Panthers will now wait and see if they will receive invitations to the North Florida Invitational. The event will take place on Saturday, April 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.