Tampa Pulls Away in Home Opener Victory Against LIU

Tampa Pulls Away in Home Opener Victory Against LIU

Tampa, Fla. - The University of Tampa won its fifth straight game with a victory over LIU Post in the first of a three-game series.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 2 Tampa Spartans 9, LIU Post Pioneers 1
Records: Tampa (6-2), LIU Post (0-1)
Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa wins in the first ever matchup and now lead the all-time series 1-0.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • After going down in order in the top of the first and falling behind 1-0, UT put up three runs in the second inning making it 3-1.
  • The scoring started on a Danny Maynard RBI double that scored Danny Sirven. Two more runs would score after a Mikey Navarette ground ball and an error by the Pioneer defense with bases loaded.
  • The Spartans would not score again until the seventh, where Navarette would plate Yorvis Torrealba on a sac fly to left field.
  • In the eight, Tampa would put together five runs on five hits closing the game with a 9-1 win.

INSIDE THE STATS: 

  • Starting pitcher Keven Pimentel would receive his second win after 6.0 innings with 6 strikeouts.
  • James Reynolds and Deaven Phillips would come in to close out the last three innings with no runs earned.
  • Torrealba finished 3-4 with three runs scored.
  • Sirven put together a 2-3 day with 2 RBI.
  • Navarette registered a team-high 3 RBI on the day.

OUTSIDE THE BOX:

  • UT is now on a five-game win streak.
  • UT has now won six straight home openers.
  • Head coach Joe Urso now stands at 792 career wins as the all-time winningest coach in UT history is approaching another milestone.

UP NEXT:
The Spartans return home for their home opener in a three-game series with LIU-Post. The first game is Friday at 6 p.m., with the other games on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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