TAMPA, Fla.. - The No. 2 University of Tampa Spartans hit four Home Runs as they defeat the Bridgeport Purple Knights 10-7.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 2 Tampa Spartans 10, Bridgeport Purple Knights 7
Records: Tampa (16-5) (3-3 SSC), Bridgeport Purple Knights (1-9)
Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa is 5-0 all-time versus Bridgeport, having most recently beaten them 16-2 last March.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Nick Derr led off the day for the Spartans with a Little League Home Run, hitting a triple and then scoring on a throwing error. | 1-0 Tampa
- The Spartans added three runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-RBI Home Run by Derr. | 4-0 Tampa
- Luis Medina hit a two-run Home Run in the bottom of the third to increase the Spartan's lead. | 6-0 Tampa
- The Purple Knights scored a run in the top of the fourth. | 6-1 Tampa.
- Derr hit his second Home Run of the day, increasing the Spartans' lead in the bottom of the fourth. | 8-1 Tampa
- Bridgeport rallied in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs. | 8-6 Tampa.
- Luke McDonald hit a solo Home Run in the bottom of the fifth, increasing the Spartan lead. | 9-6 Tampa
- The Purple Knights fought back in the top of the seventh, tacking on another run. | 9-7 Tampa
- Mikey Navarette scored in the bottom of the eighth courtesy of a Drew Ehrhard safety squeeze bunt. | 10-7 Tampa
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Derr hit two Home Runs for the Spartans, along with a triple, going 3 for 3 with four RBI's and three runs scored.
- Medina hit his first Home Run as a Spartan, batting 1 for four with 2 RBI's and one run.
- McDonald batted 2 for four on the day, with a Home Run, scoring two runs and one RBI.
OUTSIDE THE BOX:
- McDonald's Home Run was the first of his collegiate career.
- Head coach Joe Urso now stands at 802 career wins.
- The Spartans now have a +94 Run Differential on the season.
The Spartans are back in action this Wednesday (3/13) as they host the Bentley Falcons. First pitch is set for 6:00 PM at the UT Baseball Field.
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