No. 2 Spartans Defeat Falcons in Season Opener

No. 2 Spartans Defeat Falcons in Season Opener

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Tampa baseball team defeated the Bentley University Falcons to open up the 2018 season.  

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final: Tampa 5, Bentley 0
Records: Tampa (1-0), Bentley (0-1)
Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa leads the all-time series with Bentley 18-1.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Drew Ehrhard tallied his first hit and RBI of his career at Tampa with a single to center field. Danny Sirven scored the first run of the game off Erhard's hit.
  • In the bottom of the third, Sirven doubled down the right field line, bringing Stephen Smith in to notch a run.
  • Ehrhard got on base by a fielders choice, Brandon Gali singled up the middle and advanced to second on a throw, Richie Rivera reached first on a Bentley fielders error, allowing Ehrhard to score. Gali scored off Smith's single down the center. All in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Harrison Bragg rocketed the first home run of the season to center field in the fifth inning 
  • Pitcher Mark Moclair came in from the bullpen to relieve David Lebron in the top of the sixth. Lebron kept the Falcons scoreless for all five innings he pitched and Moclair maintained the scoreless streak in the four innings he pitched. 

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Lebron pitched five innings, recorded nine strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
  • Moclair tallied ten strikeouts and held the Falcons to four hit-less innings.
  • Smith, Ehrhard, and Darren Miller each recorded two hits for the Spartans.
  • Sirven, Smith, Bragg, and Ehrhard all contributed one RBI for Tampa.
  • Bragg hit his first home run as a Spartan.
  • Combined, the pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is the Spartans fifth straight season winning the opening game over the Bentley Falcons. 

UP NEXT:

Tampa returns to action on Saturday, February 3rd at 6:00PM for game two against Bentley University. Live stats will be available through TampaStats.com.

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