After losing twice at Tampa on Saturday, Florida Tech looked to get well on Wednesday against former Panthers assistant Sean Cotter and the struggling Barry Buccaneers. Things didn’t go the Panthers’ way as they have now dropped five straight after losing 5-2 and 1-0.
Bucs hurler Maci Barnhart pitched a complete game in game one and got the save (2) in game two. Cassandra Lee got the victory in game two.
The Panthers would only get two hits in game one before amassing six in game two. Cheyenne Nelson and Mikayla Lewin had two each in game two.
Jordan Lawlis (2-3) got the start in game one. She allowed three runs in the bottom of the third. After Lawlis walked in a run, Maddy Graham had a bunt single giving Barry a 2-0 lead. They would add a run on Taylor Thompson’s RBI single.
Florida Tech got on the board in the top of the fifth when Emily Figueroa knocked in Jolie Miracle, making it 3-1. Figueroa would score when Nelson reached on an error, closing the gap to 3-2.
Barry (3-7, 2-6 SSC) would answer with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, getting one run on a throwing error and the second run on a double steal.
Lawlis would pitch six innings allowing five runs, (three earned) on nine hits. She would strike out seven and walked four. She threw 117 pitches (72 strikes).
For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 1)
Samantha Guider (1-2) got the start in game two for Florida Tech. She allowed a run in the bottom of the first. Maggie Wheless was hit by a pitch and came home on a Payton Germer single down the line in right on a 3-2 count.
Guider allowed four hits and one run in six innings of work. She walked one and struck out two, throwing 65 of her 92 pitches for strikes.
The Panthers (4-5, 3-4 SSC) would load the bases in the fourth. Lewin doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Ashley Campbell walked and went to second on an error but Barry got the final out without allowing a run.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Barry Box Score (Game 2)
These two teams will meet again Saturday at Nancy Bottge Field for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m. Coach Val Silvestrini will be looking to tie or eclipse the all-time record for wins at Florida Tech.