Aleywine Grand Slam Leads Spartans to Sweep Saint Leo

Aleywine Grand Slam Leads Spartans to Sweep Saint Leo

SAINT LEO, Fla.. - The No. 2 University of Tampa Spartans, led by Home Runs by Aleywine and Derr, win both halves of today's double-header versus Saint Leo, sweeping the SSC rival.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Game One Final: No. 2 Tampa Spartans 15, Saint Leo Lions 5

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

Records: Tampa (20-5) (6-3 SSC), Saint Leo (14-10) (3-6 SSC)

Location: Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.

All-time Series: Tampa is 130-43 all-time against Saint Leo. The Spartans are 10-0 in their last 10 games against the Lions.

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HOW IT HAPPENED | GAME ONE:

  • Yorvis Torrealba reached with a single to start the ball game and would later score on an Alec Aleywine ground ball. | 1-0 Tampa
  • Saint Leo struck back in the bottom of the first, leading off the day with a solo Home Run. | 1-1 Tampa
  • The Lions scored in the bottom of the third, taking the lead over the Spartans. | 2-1 Saint Leo
  • Aleywine hit a solo Home Run to right field in the top of the fourth to tie the ball game. | 2-2 Tampa
  • Aleywine hit a Grand Slam in the top of the fifth, scoring Ehrhard, Torrealba and Blair to give Tampa the lead. | 6-2 Tampa
  • A two-RBI double by Aleywine in the top of the eighth led the Spartans on a five-run rally. | 11-2 Tampa
  • Drew Ehrhard and Keenan Bell both hit two-RBI doubles in the top of the ninth, increasing Tampa's lead over Saint Leo. | 15-2 Tampa
  • Saint Leo scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. | 15-5 Tampa

HOW IT HAPPENED | GAME TWO:

  • Nick Derr scored in the top of the second on an RBI single by Nick DeTringo to open up the game for the Spartans. | 1-0 Tampa
  • Aleywine scored in the top of third on a Danny Sirven RBI single to increase the Spartan lead. | 2-0 Tampa
  • Saint Leo got a run back in the bottom of the third via a sacrifice fly. | 2-1 Tampa
  • The Lions scored one run to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. | 2-2 Tampa
  • Derr hit a three-run Home Run in the top of the sixth, giving Tampa the lead. | 5-2 Tampa

INSIDE THE STATS | GAME ONE:

  • Aleywine's Home Runs are his team-leading sixth and seventh of the season. He had seven RBI's on the day, along with two runs and a double.
  • Torrealba batted two-for-four on the game, scoring three runs while hitting a double.
  • Danny Blair was two-for-three, with two runs and an RBI.

INSIDE THE STATS | GAME TWO:

  • Derr batted two for three with a Home Run and a double, scoring two runs with three RBI's for the Spartans.
  • Danny Sirven batted one for three with one run and one RBI.
  • Cole Perry hit one for two, scoring a run and recording a walk.

OUTSIDE THE BOX:

  • Saint Leo has not defeated the Tampa Spartans at home since 2005.
  • Torrealba has increased his current hitting streak to 13 games overall.
  • Mason Duke is now 6-0 on the season for the Spartans.
  • Head coach Joe UrsoHear how to pronounce Joe Urso Hear how to pronounce Joe Urso now stands at 806 career wins.
  • The Spartans now have a +123 Run Differential on the season.

UP NEXT:

The Spartans return to Tampa on Wednesday for mid-week matchup against Valdosta State at 5:00 PM.

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