LAKELAND, Fla.. – The No. 5 University of Tampa baseball dropped game one against Florida Southern in the Sunshine State Conference rivalry series.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Southern Moccasins 8, No. 5 Tampa Spartans 7
Records: Tampa (34-14, 17-11 SSC), Florida Southern (23-25, 9-19 SSC)
Location: Henley Field | Lakeland, Fla.
All-time Series: The Mocs now lead the all-time series versus Tampa 103-99.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Yorvis Torrealba led off the inning with a walk followed by a Drew Ehrhard home run. Danny Sirven follows with his own home run. T1 | 3-0 Tamoa
- Danny Blair led off the inning with a triple to left center. Torrealba scored Blair on a single up the middle. Torrealba scored on a fielder choice. T2 | 5-0 Tampa
- Florida Southern answered with four runs in the bottom half. B2 | 5-4 Tampa
- Ehrhard reached on a double to left field. Sirven followed with a walk. Sam Freitas smoked a double down the left field line scoring Ehrhard. T4 | 6-4 Tampa
- The Mocs had another four-run inning to take the lead. B4 | 8-6 Florida Southern
- Blair hit his second triple of the game followed by a sac fly by Nick Detringo. T7 | 8-7 Florida Southern
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Peralta threw 4.1 scoreless innings of relief with a career-high 11 strikeouts.
- Ehrhard went 3-5 on the day with two RBI and two runs scored.
- Blair finished 3-5 with two runs scored and two triples.
- Keven Pimentel earned the start but departed in the second inning.
OUTSIDE THE BOX:
- At 17-11 in the SSC, UT now needs a Saturday sweep at FSC to earn a tie with Nova Southeastern and Eckerd. A fourth team, Embry-Riddle, could also match NSU and EC at 19-11 in league play with a Saturday doubleheader sweep.
- Peralta reached a career high with 11 strikeouts out of the pen.
- Ehrhard hit his second home run of the season and was a triple short of the cycle.
- Sirven hit his sixth home run of the season.
The Spartans complete their road series at Florida Southern with a double-header tomorrow. Game One is set for a 3:00 PM start time.
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