Eastern Florida State Softball Falls To Pensacola State 7-4, Season Ends
By Mark DeCotis // May 2, 2015
Finishes With 17-21 record
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s softball season ended in a 7-4 defeat at the hands of Pensacola State College in Friday’s elimination round of the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.
Eastern Florida lost its tournament opener 6-0 to State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota on Friday morning forcing the win-or-go-home game with Pensacola.
Pensacola scored twice in the first and second innings for a 4-0 lead but Eastern Florida evened things with four runs in the bottom of the second.
Pensacola, representing the Panhandle Conference, put the game away with three runs in the top of the fifth on two inning-opening walks and three hits. The Pirates kept Eastern Florida at bay thanks to two double plays and 17 outs off ground balls.
Eastern Florida, which managed just three hits against State College of Florida collected eight against Pensacola, the big blows being a two-run triple by freshman Natasha Kistler and a two-run double from classmate Hannah Robert, both in the fourth inning.
Kistler finished with two hits as did classmate Carly Nicholas.
Pensacola finished with seven hits all off starter and losing pitcher sophomore Dajia Jones.
Freshman Alexa Snyder pitched two clean innings in relief for the Titans who were making their 11th consecutive tournament appearance. They finished the season with a 17-21 record.
Pensacola improved to 25-16.
“It’s tough playing in an elimination game but they fought back,” said Eastern Florida assistant coach Bob Yanczewski.
“It was an average season. With the talent we have we could have done a little better. Our goal was to get here. We got here now we have to go back to the drawing board.”