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Tampa Softball Hands Tech Their First Loss

The Tampa Spartans beat Florida Tech in a rain-shortened five-inning game Thursday, beating the Panthers 2-0. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled due to the continued rain, and will not be made up. This was the first game back for the Panthers who were had their games against Nova Southeastern postponed. They hadn’t played since March 5.

Originally, the game was suspended and would resume Saturday, but it was later decided to call it an official game.

Florida Tech (4-1) managed four hits, two off the bat of Cheyenne Nelson. Tori Szrom and Mikayla Lewin had one each.

Two errors in the third inning led to two Tampa runs. Emalee Jansen singled and later scored on a throwing error and Emily Proffitt, who walked following Jansen’s single would score the second run on the second error in the inning.

Florida Tech starting pitcher Jordan Lawlis was saddled with the tough-luck loss. She allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out three. Both runs allowed were unearned. She threw 82 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Florida Tech’s best chance came in the first inning. Cheyenne Nelson singled and Mikayla Wessel and Tina Velazquez Rolon drew back-to-back walks. To her credit, Tampa starter Corynn Miner bounced back to get the next three outs, ending the threat.

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These two teams will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader at Nancy Bottge Field. Florida Tech coach Val Silvestrini needs to win one of those games to overtake Nancy Bottge as the all-time winningest coach at Florida Tech.

Game one is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.