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Guider Gets 14th Win as Panthers Beat Eagles

Florida Tech (31-18, 14-13 SSC) beat the Embry-Riddle Eagles (22-11, 14-7 SSC) 8-1 at Nancy Bottge Field on Friday, taking two of three games from the 18th-ranked softball team in the country. 

Samantha Guider (14-7) who got the win in game one on Thursday, and took the loss in game two as a reliever bounced back Friday to get a complete-game win in the series finale.

Mikayla Wessel was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and extended her on-base streak to 13 games. Jolie Miracle went 2-for-3 with four RBIs to lead the Panthers’ eight-hit attack.

Wessel got the Panthers started against Eagles starter Mallory Kinahan with a bunt single. She stole second and went to third when Cheyenne Nelson reached on an error after the first baseman dropped the ball at first. Nelson continued to second on a heads-up play, as she saw no one was covering second. 

After Mikayla Lewin walked to load the bases one out later, Tori Szrom walked, scoring Wessel to get the Panthers on the board. Lewin later scored on a wild pitch, and that was followed by Miracle’s first two-run double of the day, making it 4-0.

Kelsi Collins took over for Kinahan with one out in the bottom of the second. Wessel greeted her with a stand-up triple. Nelson wasted no time bringing her home with a single. Nelson stole second later in the inning and came home on a Lewin single, making it 6-0. That hit for Lewin extended her hitting streak to six games.

Reanne Drayton got the Eagles on the board with a solo home run in the top of the third. They would threaten again in the top of the fourth with consecutive singles, but Guider got out of the inning.

Chloe French doubled to start the bottom of the fifth and went to third on a Lewin groundout. Szrom drew a walk and one out later, Miracle stroked her second two-run double of the day, making it 8-1.

Guider, who threw 102 pitches in game one on Thursday, finished with 106 pitches on Friday. She allowed one run on nine hits, striking out three and walking one. She threw 73 strikes.

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Florida Tech will wrap up its season next weekend at home against the Rollins College Tars. The opening game of the series will be Friday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.