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.
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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