The Florida Tech softball team held off nationally-ranked Armstrong Atlantic 3-2 in the first day of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational.
Freshman starter Rachel Pence was once again on top of her game, pitching a complete game. Pence gave up two runs, both in the top of the seventh inning and struck out four to improve to 2-0.
“Rachel did a great job staying focused and throwing one pitch at a time, that’s our goal,” head coach Val Silvestrini said. “The first run we scored was from great execution. I talked to Kelsey (Donahue) before her at-bat and told her to be ready to turn on that inside pitch. That’s what she did to score the first run. After we score, one of our goals is to shut them down. I’m really proud of the defense. The diving catch by Brigit (Godfrey) was huge. We had really great plays defensively. Offensively, we took advantage of the opportunities and executed.”
The Panthers, who improved to 4-0 on the season, made the most of their three hits, scoring a run in the fourth and two in the sixth. The team drew 12 walks in the contest.
Florida Tech will play Shorter at 11 a.m. and Lee at 1:30 in day two of the tournament.
Florida Tech hit the road for the first time this season and suffered its first loss, 6-5 in extra innings.
The Panthers (4-1) rallied back after being down 3-1 and then 5-3, tying the game in the top of the eighth.
But in the bottom of the 10th, the Saints scored again to end it.
Grant McKown led the offense for the Panthers going 2-for-3, was walked twice, and scored four runs. Kevin Wortman added two RBIs for the Panthers.
The Panthers will play Flagler today at 3:30 p.m.
Florida Tech got past Palm Beach Atlantic 6-3 on Friday.
Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic won their singles matches and teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles match for the Panthers, who are 1-1.
The Panthers will head to Barry today for a 10 a.m. match.