The Florida Tech softball team kicked off the final day of the Bobcat Classic by earning their first win of the season on Sunday, beating Carson-Newman 9-6 in Milledgeville Georgia.
Samantha Guider (1-0) got the start for the Panthers and pitched the first four innings. She allowed two runs in the top of the first, giving up an RBI single to Carmen Holt; the second run was able to score on an error.
Florida Tech (1-2) answered with six runs in the top of the second. A hit-by-pitch and two walks loaded the bases and Kelly McLaughlin walked to force in a run to cut the C-N lead to 2-1. After a pitching change, Cheyenne Nelson singled in two and advanced to second on an error, giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead. A squeeze bunt by Chloe French made it 4-2. Ella Chan Gibson knocked in the last two runs of the inning with a single.
The Eagles got a run back in the bottom of the third but Nelson thwarted any further damage when she robbed Macey Hughes with a great catch. She got a great jump on the ball and almost doubled off the runner at second.
The Panthers got another run in the fourth thanks to singles from French, Mikayla Lewin, and Tori Szrom set the table for a sac fly by Jolie Miracle to up the Panthers lead to 7-3.
French plated the last two Florida Tech runs in the top of the fifth with a double that chased home McLaughlin and Nelson to make it 9-3.
Alex Hendrian relieved Guider in the fifth inning. Guider allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. She threw 47 pitches, striking out one.
Hendrian gave up back-to-back doubles, making it 9-4. A passed ball allowed the fifth run to score and the final Carson-Newman run came in the bottom of the seventh on a Hughes single.
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Hendrian went the final three innings, allowing three runs on six hits. She walked one and struck out two, throwing 56 pitches.
Florida Tech had 12 hits as a team. French went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Nelson and Gibson each had two hits and combined for five RBIs.
The Panthers played Georgia College immediately following this game. Read that recap here