Top-Ranked Tampa Closes Regular Season With Doubleheader Split

Top-Ranked Tampa Closes Regular Season With Doubleheader Split

TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 1 University of Tampa baseball team avoided a Sunshine State Conference sweep as they split a doubleheader with No. 4 Florida Southern College on Saturday. The day also served as senior day, with UT recognizing its 11 seniors prior to the doubleheader.

Game One Final: No. 4 Florida Southern Moccasins 5, No. 1 Tampa Spartans 1
Game Two Final: No. 1 Tampa Spartans 16, No. 4 Florida Southern Moccasins 9
Records: Tampa (39-9, 27-3 SSC), Florida Southern (39-9-1, 22-8 SSC)
Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Florida Southern leads the all-time series by a record of 101-99.
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HOW IT HAPPENED GAME 1:

  • The Spartans took a 1-0 lead on a Nick DeTringo single in the third inning, scoring Brandon Gali.
  • Florida Southern took the lead with a four-run fifth inning.
  • The Mocs extended their advantage to 5-1 with a run in the seventh.

INSIDE THE STATS GAME 1: 

  • DeTringo led the team with a pair of hits as the rightfielder also accounted for the lone RBI in the game.
  • Starting for UT was Clay Helvey, who tossed 5.0 innings. The junior righty only allowed two earned runs with a pair of strikeouts.
  • Helvey now stands at 5-1 on the season.
  • Senior lefty Christian Calleja tossed the final 4.0 frames, giving up three hits and one run while fanning three Mocs.

HOW IT HAPPENED GAME 2:

  • Florida Southern took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning.
  • The Spartans broke out with four runs in the first to take the lead. Connor Crile blasted a two-run home run as Harrison Bragg also drove in a run with a single. The other Spartan run came on a double steal where Richie Rivera stole home.
  • Tampa matched its first inning output with a four-spot in the second to grab an 8-2 lead. Bragg connected on a two-run home run, while the other two runs scored via a two-base Moccasin throwing error.
  • Bragg slugged his second home run of the game with a solo shot in the fourth, as UT scored another run in the frame on an RBI single by Gali.
  • UT stretched its lead to 11-2 on an RBI single by Crile in the fifth.
  • Another big inning was recorded in the seventh as UT crossed five runs. Kyle Cotilletta registered a two-run single as Rivera and Chris Gaffney each singled home a run. The other UT run scored on a balk.

INSIDE THE STATS GAME 2:

  • Bragg hit two homes as he finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs. He also drew a walk.
  • Crile also turned in three hits as he scored two runs and drove in three.
  • Also notching three hits in game two was Rivera.
  • DeTringo and Gaffney each had two hits.
  • A total of 12 Spartans had a hit in the game.
  • Colton Widdows started for Tampa and threw 1.0 innings.
  • Cole Aker entered in the second inning and would finish with 5.0 innings pitched. He allowed just three hits and one run while striking out eight. He is now 3-1 on the season.
  • Tyler Beck and Kasey Radke also pitched, throwing 2.0 and 1.0 innings respectively.

UP NEXT:
UT awaits word on its fate at the 2018 NCAA South Regional, which will be announced at the selection show on Sunday at 10:00 p.m., Eastern on NCAA.com. The regional is scheduled for May 17-21.

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