Buccaneers Steal Game One From Spartans

Buccaneers Steal Game One From Spartans

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team resumed its Sunshine State Conference slate against the Barry University Buccaneers as they opened up a three-game series on Friday night. The game ended 4-1 in favor of the Buccaneers as UT has now dropped three straight Friday games.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final: Tampa 1 (L: Dooley 13-3), Barry 4 (W: Falcon 5-8) 
Records: Spartans (21-6, 9-4 SSC), Buccaneers (15-15, 8-5 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Softball Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa trails 34-63 against Barry in the all-time series.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

4th Inning: The Spartans opened the scoring in the game as Bre Setree reached first on an error by the pitcher with one out. Elly Pillers followed up with a fielder's choice that allowed her to reach first with Setree being out at second on the play. Makaleigh Dooley drove in the run with a double to left-center field that reached the fence and let Pillers score without any issues. 

5th Inning: The Buccaneers tied the game up at 1-1 with a single through the right side that scored a runner from third.

6th Inning: The visitors took advantage of two runners reaching via walks to break open the game with a 3-run home run to left-center field for a 4-1 lead that ended up being the final runs of the game.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Dooley tossed 5.1 innings and recorded 5 strikeouts while having two walks and being tagged for three of the runs. 
  • Miner went the remaining 1.2 innings, giving up just one run on two hits.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The team is now 5-5 on the year when scoring two runs or less, as the offense was unable to come to life with only two batters reaching base on hits.
  • Setree has now reached base 9 straight games.
  • This is only the second home loss of the season for the Spartans.

UP NEXT:

The team will be back on the field tomorrow as they wrap up the series against BU with a doubleheader slated for a noon start.

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