Spartans Tame Lions in Game One of Series

Spartans Tame Lions in Game One of Series

TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 2 University of Tampa Spartans welcomed Saint Leo University for the opening game of their weekend series and were victorious in the bottom of the ninth.


Final: No. 2 Tampa Spartans 6, Saint Leo Lions 5

Records: Tampa (13-4, 3-1 SSC), Saint Leo (10-7, 0-1 SSC)

Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.

All-time Series: Tampa leads the all-time series 108-31 over the Saint Leo Lions.

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How it happened

  • The top of the first brought the Lions thier first run of the game after a double followed by an RBI single. 
  • After a sacrifice hit from Kevin Santa, Richie Rivera came across home plate to give the Spartans their first run of the game. 
  • In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Gaffney hit a homer to left field and gave the Spartans another run, 2-1. 
  • The top of the fifth brought two runs for the Lions and gave Saint leo the one run lead 3-2. 
  • After Andrew DiLacqua reached on a fielding error and R. Rivera was hit by the pitch, J.D. Osborne came up to bat and hit a double down the left field line to give the Spartans the lead, 4-3, heading into the top of the sixth. 
  • Cheyne Bickel came in to pitch for Garrett Cave in the top of the sixth. 
  • The top of the sixth gave the Lions two more runs which returned the lead to Saint Leo, 5-4.  
  • Darren Miller homered to left center in the bottom of the sixth and tied the score, 5-5. 
  • R. Rivera hit a double down the left field line that would be the scoring run after Danny Lee bunted bringing R. Rivera across the plate. Spartans win 6-5. 

Inside the Stats

  • Osborne went 3-4 with one double and two RBI.

Beyond the Box

  • Bickel gets the win and improves his record to 3-1.


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