Florida Tech softball traveled to St. Petersburg to take on Eckerd Friday, as both teams put their 3-0 conference record on the line. A bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning was the difference in this one, as Eckerd won 4-3.
Kensley Durrance (4-4) went the distance for the Tritons giving up six hits in seven innings. She walked six and struck out four, giving up three runs (two earned).
The Panthers (4-8, 3-1 SSC) jumped out in front in the second inning. After Durrance walked Tina Velazquez Rolon, Ashlynn Shelley popped the ball up to 2nd and the wind took it, causing Ally Costa and Hannah Famiano to collide, and Velazquez scored all the way from first.
Panthers starter Jordan Lawlis ran into trouble in the bottom of the second, allowing a single and a walk. After a double steal, Kayelee Newstrom lined the ball to Ashley Campbell at third. She caught it and tagged the runner at third, ending the inning.
Velazquez Rolon was responsible for the Panthers’ first run in the third inning. Jaden Kline and Vanessa Rubio both walked, and Velazquez Rolon doubled home Kline to make it 2-0. One batter later, Campbell hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing Rubio to score, and giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead.
After back-to-back singles started things for the Tritons in the fourth, the Panthers turned another double play, moving a runner to third. Famiano’s double made it 3-1. An RBI single by Newstrom closed the gap to 3-2.
Lawlis was done after four innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. She walked three and struck out four. Velazquez Rolon took over in the circle to start the fifth. She allowed a single to Costa and she scored the tying run on a double by Lauren Margolis. A walk and a single loaded the bases, and Famiano walked, driving in the decisive run.
Florida Tech had their chances both in the sixth and seventh innings, stranding a runner at third in both innings.
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The Panthers had six hits in this one, led by Kline who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Cheyenne Nelson and Mikayla Wessel had a hit and Velazquez Rolon was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
The series wraps up Saturday with a doubleheader, starting at noon.