Spartans Spoil 4th Ranked Sailfish Senior Day with Saturday Sweep

Spartans Spoil 4th Ranked Sailfish Senior Day with Saturday Sweep

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team wrapped up their final road series of the regular season on Saturday afternoon against the 4th ranked Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish. The Spartans spoiled the Sailfish senior day ceremonies and handed the home side their first SSC conference series loss as Tampa swept the two games to win the series 2-1. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game One):

Final: Tampa 6 (W: Makaleigh Dooley 20-10), Palm Beach 3 (L: Adkins 11-2) 
Records: Spartans (22-15, 13-10 SSC), Sailfish (28-4, 21-2 SSC)
Location: Simpson Field | West Palm Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: UT leads the all-time series against PBA 13-12.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

Top 1st: Tampa took no time in opening the scoring for the day. Shelby Press reached first base after getting hit by a pitch with one away. Dooley then singled to left field to move Press to second base and both runners advanced 60 feet as Bailey Phillips drew a walk to load the bases. A single to left field by Maddie Farrell allowed Press to come in to score.

Bott. 3rd: PBA took their first lead of the game after scoring twice in the inning.

Top 5th: Press once again played a role as Tampa reclaimed the lead. With two away, Press reached first on an error by the shortstop. Press then moved to third on a double to right field by Dooley. Phillips then gave UT the lead with a double to right field of her own as both runs scored. Lauren Pascoe came on as a pinch runner and came in to score as M.Farrell hit a single to left field, advancing to second on the throw.

Top 6th: The Spartans extended their lead as Taylor Farrell opened the inning with a single back up the middle. Erica Matich came on as the second pinch runner of the game and moved over on a sacrifice bunt. Lauren Reyes recorded her first RBI of the day on a single to left field. Reyes came in to score two batters later as Press drove in the final run with a single through the left side.

Bott. 7th: Down by three, the Sailfish were able to get the first two batters on base but Dooley got the next three batters out to end the game.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Dooley threw 79 pitches with 69 strikes while also striking out eight batters.
  • The two teams combined to leave 14 runners on base.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game Two):

Final: Tampa 3 (W: Makaleigh Dooley 21-10), Palm Beach 1 (L: Adkins 11-2) 
Records: Spartans (23-15, 14-10 SSC), Sailfish (28-5, 21-3 SSC)
Location: Simpson Field | West Palm Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: UT leads the all-time series against PBA 14-12.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

Top 5th: The Spartans took advantage of a two-out rally to break the scoreless deadlocked. With two outs on the board, Pascoe singled to first base. Sahrina Cortes singled to right field to put two runners on and Press made a highlight reel play as she hit a shot to straightaway center field that went approximately 230 feet to clear the fence and give Tampa the 3-0 lead. 

Bott. 7th: The home team was only able to get one run across as they attempted to come back as has been the story for most of their season.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Dooley tossed her second complete game of the day as she made her pitches count tossing 80 times with only 12 pitches being called balls. 
  • This was Press' second home run of the season.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • For the second season in a row, the Spartans have won a road series against the No.4 team in the nation. Last season, Tampa visited Saint Leo and swept the three game series.
  • Tampa has now scored 122 runs this season in 38 games.

UP NEXT:

The team will be back on the field next weekend as they welcome in the Saint Leo University Lions for what should be an interesting series with the two teams close in the conference standings.

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