Sharks Fall Twice to Florida Tech in Home Opener Twinbill

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Opening 2021 play at the AD Griffin Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon, the Nova Southeastern Sharks were swept by the Florida Tech Panthers in two irregular games, coming up short in extras in game one before a six-inning loss in game two.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME ONE – 8 INNINGS):
FINAL: Florida Tech Panthers 3 (W: J. Lawlis, 3-5), Nova Southeastern Sharks 2 (L: E. Hess, 1-1)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (2-1, 1-1 SSC), Florida Tech (6-8, 5-6 SSC)
LOCATION: AD Griffin Sports Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
 
BOTTOM 4TH | After three scoreless innings, the Sharks made it on the board as a fielder’s choice drawn by Allie Janowiak and a throwing error by the Panthers’ pitcher allowed Juliana Speranza to score. NSU made it 2-0 as Ryleigh Langwell sent an RBI-single to left to bring home Samantha Burke, who reached on a walk two batters prior.
 
TOP 7TH | With two outs on the board, the Panthers loaded the bases before an RBI-single by Mikayla Lewin brought home two to tie things up before the Sharks could walk away with a win.
 
TOP 8TH | With runners on second and third, Florida Tech took advantage of an RBI-single by Jolie Miracle to score Chloe French for the 3-2 lead and eventual win.
 
INSIDE THE STATS:
 

  • Speranza finished 2-for-3 and scored once.
  • Williams was 1-for-3 while Madison Fine and Langwell were 1-for-4.
  • Hess (1-1) was handed the loss after pitching the full 8.0 innings, allowing 11 hits on three runs with two strikeouts.
  • The Panthers outhit the Sharks 11-5.

 
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
 

  • Game one was the Sharks’ first extra-inning game since Feb. 15, 2020.

 
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME TWO – 6 INNINGS):
FINAL: Florida Tech Panthers 11 (W: S. Guider, 3-3), Nova Southeastern Sharks 2 (L: M. Johnson, 1-1)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (2-2, 1-2 SSC), Florida Tech (7-8, 6-6 SSC)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
 
TOP 2ND | For the first time all series, the Panthers were the first to score as a sacrifice fly by Jolie Miracle brought home M Wessel, who singled to left field two batters prior.
TOP 3RD | The next inning, FT took a 4-0 lead thanks to RBI-singles by Mikayla Lewin and Ashley Campbell.
 
TOP 4TH | Florida Tech exploded for four runs in the fourth as Lewin’s RBI-single scored two more and back-to-back RBI singles by Victoria Szrom and Chloe French made it an 8-0 game.
 
BOTTOM 5TH | The Sharks held off the mercy rule loss in the fifth. A Tia Williams single to right center led off the inning and a throwing error by FT’s pitcher pushed her all the way to third and batter Kerstyn Shaw to second. The next batter, Allie Janowiak used a bunt single to score Williams to put NSU on the board before a fielder’s choice by Juliana Speranza allowed Shaw to score to cut Florida Tech’s lead to six, 8-2.
 
TOP 6TH | The Panthers wouldn’t back down, however, as a solo homer by Lewin and a two-RBI single by Ashlynn Shelley served as the final three runs of the game, giving FT the 11-2 victory.
 
INSIDE THE STATS:
 

  • The Panthers outhit the Sharks 16-8.
  • Fine finished 2-for-3 and Williams was 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • Janowiak was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Sisco and Smith were both 1-for-4 and Langwell was 1-for-2 coming in as a pinch hitter.
  • Mikayla Johnson (1-1) took the loss, allowing 11 runs (8 ER) on 16 hits in 6.0 innings.

 
 
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
 

  • The Sharks haven’t fallen to the mercy rule since Feb. 2, 2020.
  • NSU hasn’t fallen more than once in the past two seasons in less than seven innings.

 
 
UP NEXT
 
The Sharks will hit the road on Wednesday, April 7 to take on the powerhouse that is the Rollins College. The doubleheader against the No. 6-ranked Tars will begin at 4:00 p.m.
 
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