Tampa Splits Season Finale Doubleheader With Mocs

Tampa Splits Season Finale Doubleheader With Mocs

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team played to a doublheader split with Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern College to conclude the 2017 regular season.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Game One Final: Florida Southern 9, Tampa 6
Game Two Final: Tampa 2, Florida Southern 0
Records: Tampa Spartans (29-12, 16-8 SSC), Florida Southern Moccasins 17-24, 8-16 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa trails 38-54 in the all-time series against the Mocs.
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HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE):

Top 2nd: Florida Southern wasted little time on the offensive side, plating three runs in the top of the second inning to grab the early lead.

Top 4th: Tampa found itself in a 5-0 hole as the Mocs scored a pair of runs.

Bottom 4th: The Spartans got on the board when Taylor Farrell singled home Shelby Press to cut the deficit to 5-1.

Top 5th: Florida Southern would answer with two of its own, extending the advantage to 7-1.

Bottom 5th: Tampa scored three runs, cutting the FSC lead to 7-4. Corynn Miner doubled home Makaleigh Dooley. That was followed up by a two-run double by Press that crossed Miner and Sittloh.

Bottom 6th: Freshman Maddie Farrell cut the deficit to 7-6 as she connected on a two-run single that scored Dooley and pinch-runner Brooke Stiles.

Top 7th: The Mocs tacked on a pair of runs, giving themself added cushin and pushing the edge to 9-6, which was the eventual final score.

INSIDE THE STATS (GAME ONE):

  • Dooley went 3-for-3 in game one, scoring a pair of runs while also drawing a walk.
  • Adding a pair of hits apiece in the first game were Elly Pillers, M. Farrell and Miner.
  • M. Farrell and Press each drove in a pair of runs in game one.
  • Miner started in the circle and took the loss to drop to 12-5 on her freshman campaign. She threw 2.0 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.
  • Dooley entered in relief and tossed 5.0 innings. She yielded seven hits as four of her six runs were earned.

HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO):

Bottom 1st: Senior Bre Setree slugged her sixth career home run as launched a shot that cleared the centerfield fence. The blast also scored Press to give the Spartans the 2-0 early advantage.

INSIDE THE STATS (GAME ONE):

  • Setree finished 2-for-3 with a single and the big blast, which accounted for both Spartan runs.
  • Miner earned the complete game shutout to improve to 13-5 on the year. She allowed just three hits while fanning a pair of Mocs.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE: 

  • UT honored its four seniors between games. Among those recognized were Kelsey Humphrey, Savannah Jerkins, Bre Setree and Jennie Sittloh.
  • The Spartans needed to take 2-of-3 in the series to earn the 2017 Sunshine State Conference regular season chapionship.
  • UT has now posted a winning record in six of the past seven seasons.

UP NEXT:

This concludes the 2017 season for the University of Tampa. The Spartans finish second in SSC play after being selected to place fifth in the preseason coaches poll.

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