After dropping the first two games of their conference series against St. Leo, Tech finished off strong in a thrilling fashion to win 2-1 this past Saturday, April 9.
Tech lost the first game of their doubleheader 8-0 in a six-inning game. The Panthers desperately needed a bounce-back victory to keep them in the hunt for the playoff picture.
St. Leo took an early 1-0 lead after a single that drove in the only run for the Lions. After Samantha Guider allowed the run, she shut down the St. Leo hitters, pitching a complete game for Florida Tech.
The game remained a 1-0 nail-biter until the matchup entered the seventh inning. St. Leo looked to sweep the Panthers, but the bats sparked just in time.
Chloe French launched the game-tying home run with one out in the inning to provide life for the Panthers. The next batter, Mikayla Lewin, blasted the go-ahead home run to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Guider would shut down the Lion hitters in the bottom of the seventh inning and guide the Panthers to victory.
In the box score, Tech only racked up three hits, with the two late home runs being two of them. Guider earned her 12th win of the season.
Florida Tech’s softball program now holds a 29-17 record with an even 12 win and 12 loss record in conference play.
The Panthers prepare for another vital Sunshine State Conference series against No. 23 Embry-Riddle that begins on Thursday, April 14 with a doubleheader being scheduled.