Panthers Max O’Hagan, Rachel Pence Named Erdman Motors Athletes of the Week
By Daniel Supraner, Athletic Communications Director // February 14, 2017
Pence picked up three complete games wins
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – This week’s Mike Erdman Auto Group Athletes of the Week are softball’s Rachel Pence for a second straight week and Men’s Golf Max O’Hagan, who is earning this honor for the first time in his young career at Florida Tech.
Pence had a terrific weekend in the circle for Florida Tech. Before being bestowed MVP honors for the tournament, she managed to pick up three complete games wins bringing her total to six after only two weekends of work.
She also managed to add a save to her already impressive stat line when she came in as a relief pitcher and powered the Panthers to their win over Central Missouri.
In the opening game of the tournament, Pence pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts while not giving up a single walk and only allowing four hits and two runs, only one earned, as FIT defeated St. Mary’s 5-2 on Friday.
On Saturday, Pence led the Panthers to an 8-0 upset of the No. 10 team in the nation when she threw five almost flawless innings over Wayne State.
During that game, she recorded three strikeouts, no base on balls and allowed one lone hit.
In the second game on Saturday, a 3-2 win over Central Missouri, the Jacksonville product came in relief tallying 2.0 innings of work and grabbed the save for herself.
During the short stint, she was firing on all cylinders against the Jennies, striking out four batters and only allowing one base due to walks.
Pence threw another complete game in the final matchup of the weekend on Sunday, sitting five down on strikes. The Crimson and Gray came out on top of her final game against Georgia College 6-5.
Max O’Hagan posted a strong performance in the Titan Winter Invitational on Feb. 6-7 at Suntree Country Club’s Classic Course.
The Freshman led the Panthers in their first tournament of the spring and grabbed a second place finish after managing a three-round score of 218 (+2).
O’Hagan shot 74 and 75 in the first two rounds before closing out the event with a score of three-under par (69) in the final round to propel FIT to a third place finish.
Pence and the rest of her team will return home as they host their second tournament in three weekends.
The Panther women will take the field for another grueling four games, starting on Friday at 10 a.m. ET against East Stroudsburg.
Men’s Golf saw two rounds of action today over in Lakeland at the Matlock Collegiate Classic and will finish up the tournament on Tuesday.
Tomorrow’s final round will begin at 8 a.m.
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