Baseball is Back! Spartans Host Bentley for Season Opener

Baseball is Back! Spartans Host Bentley for Season Opener

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa baseball team will host the Bentley University Falcons for a weekend series. The first pitch will be thrown at 6 pm. 

The Matchup: No. 2 the University of Tampa vs. Bentley University

Date/Time: Friday, February 2nd at 6 p.m., Saturday, February 3rd at 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 4th at 12 p.m.

Location: University of Tampa Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.

About the Spartans: The University of Tampa is No. 1 in the 2018 Sunshine State Conference preseason baseball coaches' poll. The defending SSC champions received 100 total votes and 10 first-place votes in the poll. The Spartans return David Lebron to the mound after finishing the 2017 season with a 7-1 record, 103 strikeouts, and a 2.66 ERA. Darren Miller also returns to the lineup after posting a .371 batting average, collecting 53 RBI and hitting 13 home runs. Richie Rivera is another key returner in the Spartans lineup after recording a .280 batting average, hitting 13 doubles and seven home runs. Cheyne Bickel will also return to the mound for his senior campaign after posting a 7-4 record, 48 strikeouts, and a 3.71 ERA.  

About the Falcons: The Falcons are traveling to Tampa after posting an 11-30 overall 2017 record. As a team, the Falcons recorded a .240 batting average, .309 on-base percentage, and a .314 slugging percentage. Bentley returns its top three hitters to the lineup, Ryan Berardino, Drew Abramson, and Austin Farry who posted batting averages of .355, .316, and .267, respectively. The Falcons also return top pitcher Evan Walsh to the mound after he posted a 4.26 ERA for the team in 2017. 

Series History: Tampa owns the all-time series over the Falcons by an 18-1 mark. 

Tickets: Tickets for are $5 for adults, senior citizens, and coaches. Children under 12 will be admitted free. UT students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid student ID.

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