Spartans Ignite Offense to Advance in NCAA Championship Series

Spartans Ignite Offense to Advance in NCAA Championship Series

CARY, N.C. – The University of Tampa baseball team rallied in the middle innings to secure the victory over UC-San Diego in game two of the NCAA DII Championship Series. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final: (#2) Tampa 7 (W: Jacinto Arredondo, 4-1), (#6) UC-San Diego 2 (L: Brandon Weed, 10-3)

Records: (#2) No. 3 University of Tampa Spartans (43-14), (#6) UC-San Diego Tritons (41-15)

Location: USA Baseball National Training Complex || Cary, N.C.

All-time Series: This was the first meeting between the two powerhouses in Division II baseball. 

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HOW IT HAPPENED: 

TOP 2ND: To lead off the inning, Cole Perry crushed his fifth home run of the year to give UT an early lead. || UT led 1-0

BOT 3RD: The Tritons responded with a run of their own as R.J. Prince walked to begin the inning and scored on an RBI double from Shay Whitcomb. || Tied 1-1

BOT 4TH: With two outs, UC-San Diego worked a walk on a full-count and used consecutive base-hits, from Prince and Whitcomb, to take a one-run lead. || UC-SD led 2-1

TOP 5TH: The Spartans offense grabbed the momentum as Nick DeTringo singled and scored on an RBI triple from Yorvis Torrealba. After a free-pass to Danny Blair, Coach Urso and the staff employed a trick play as Blair was caught in a run-down - Torrealba took off for home plate which gave UT a one-run lead. || UT led 3-2

TOP 6TH: To extend the lead for Tampa, Nick Derr connected on his eighth homer of the year. || UT led 4-2

TOP 7TH: Stephen Smith led off with his third double of the season and scored on an infield single by DeTringoDeTringo stole second and scored on Torrealba's fourth hit of the evening. || UT led 6-2

TOP 8TH: To provide an extra insurance run, Derr walked and scored after Sam Freitas lasered a double to right-center field. || UT led 7-2

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Mason Duke, a University of Alabama transfer, went 4.2 innings and struck out five. The senior allowed two runs on seven hits, and walked a season-high five batters. 
  • Arredondo picked up his fourth win of the year, including back-to-back victories in the NCAA DII Championship Series. The right-hander went 3.1 innings and stranded the bases-loaded in the fifth.
  • Sammy Peralta made an appearance in the ninth inning and struck out two of three batters faced. 
  • Torrealba, an ABCA/D2CCA All-American, totaled four hits on the evening. Additionally, the junior tied his season-high with three stolen bases. 
  • In the eight and nine-hole respectively, Smith and DeTringo combined to go 5-for-8 at the plate with three runs scored.
  • Through five innings, the Tritons stranded 10 base-runners. In total, UC-San Diego left 12 runners on base. 

OUTSIDE THE BOX:

  • The Spartans have won nine straight games, remaining undefeated in 2019 NCAA postseason play. 
  • Dating back to 2015, Tampa has won six straight games in Cary, N.C. 
  • Torrealba tied his season-high with four hits, and he's accomplished this feat in four games this year.

UP NEXT:

The University of Tampa will take the field on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. for the winners bracket final in the NCAA DII Championship Series against TBD. Follow the live stream, along with in-game statistics, on NCAA.com

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