Florida Tech Panthers Softball Sweeps Palm Beach Atlantic on Senior Night

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Florida Tech softball honored seven graduating seniors before sweeping Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday afternoon. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech softball honored seven graduating seniors before sweeping Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams went three up, three down in the first inning. The Panthers were able to create some action in the bottom of the third, scoring one run.

Back-to-back hits by Kelly McLaughlin and Cheyenne Nelson to lead off the third inning put the Panthers in scoring position.

Next at bat was a sacrifice bunt by Layna Pollock to advance McLaughlin and Nelson.

Mikayla Lewin followed with a sacrifice flyout to put Tech on the board and score McLaughlin. The bottom of the fifth saw two more runs for Tech.

Allison Platon got Tech started with a single. McLaughlin reached on a fielder choice, while Platon beat the throw and was safe at second.

Pollock walked for bases loaded. Lewin singled to shortstop, sending McLaughlin home.

McLaughlin at third came off the bag, forcing a rundown play, A throwing error by PBA allowed for McLaughlin to reach home and extend the lead.

PBA’s lone run came in the sixth, on a single to single field. Platon retired PBA down the line to end the game and secure the win. Platon threw a four-hit complete game with five strikeouts and no walks.

Game two got off on a quick start for the Panthers, scoring in the first. Pollock singled to third to get on base. Lewin hit it to the pitcher, who turned to get Pollock out at second.

Jolie Miracle’s hard-hit single to left center pushed Lewin to third. Miracle, looking to steal, forced a run-down that allowed Lewin to score.
PBA tied it up 1-1 in the top of the third.

With two on base, Evoni Rodriguez singled to shortstop, sending Gracie Mullett home. With the next batter singling, PBA had bases loaded, but the Tech defense was able to get out of trouble with a groundout to close the inning.

Tech answered back in the bottom of the third, scoring three. Back-to-back singles by Nelson and Pollock put the Panthers in scoring position. Both stole to advance to second and third.

Lewin’s hard hit to left center scored both runners. Two batters later Chloe French singled to right center to score Lewin and take the 4-1 lead.

Sam Guider threw a complete game allowing just five hits and one run on one strikeout and two walks. Chloe French went three-for-three in game two.

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