Titan’s Preparing For Postseason, Tiebreaker Playoff Looms
By Zach Clark // April 15, 2015
Eastern Florida will play a one-game tiebreaker with Palm Beach State
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With its overall record at 17-17-14, 17 wins, 17 losses and 14 games rained out, Eastern Florida’s softball team bids farewell to four sophomores on Saturday while continuing to prepare for the postseason.
The Titans finished 8-8 in the FCSAA Southern Conference, clinching their 11th straight NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament berth in the process.
The tournament is May 1-3 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.
Eastern Florida will play a one-game tiebreaker with Palm Beach State, which also finished 8-8, to determine who gets the conference’s third and fourth seed for the tournament.
A date for the game to be played at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce has not been determined.
Indian River and Miami Dade finished tied for first in the conference at 12-4 but Miami Dade gets the top seed thanks to its head-to-head record with Indian River.
But before the tiebreaker and the tournament, Eastern Florida faces non-conference doubleheaders against Hillsborough Community College beginning at noon Saturday on the Palm Bay Campus; Seminole State beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Palm Bay; and Daytona State beginning at 4 p.m. April 24 in Daytona Beach.
Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.
The Hillsborough game will be Sophomore Day for pitcher/infielder Dajia Jones; shortstop Gabby Jones; catcher/outfielder Shelby Nazworth; and utility player Sara Vicente.
Nazworth is the Titans big stick, leading the team in batting average (.398), slugging percentage (.656); total bases (61); hits (37); extra base hits (15); doubles (7); and triples (7). She is second in on-base percentage (.429) and runs batted in (23).
Nazworth is fifth nationally in triples. The Titans are 24th nationally as a team with 12.
Dajia Jones is 5-6 on the mound with a team second-best earned run average of 3.05. Offensively she leads the team in home runs (3); and runs batted in (26); and is second in batting average (.340); hits (36) and total bases (47).
Dajia Jones and freshman Taylor Zitiello lead the team in games played (34).
Gabby Jones has anchored the infield from the shortstop spot, bringing experience to young teammates while Vicente has been valuable off the bench in a variety of roles.
Hillsborough is 27-26 overall; Seminole is 39-7 and Daytona State 20-21.