TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa softball team will turn the page on a rough weekend as they host the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals for a Wednesday night doubleheader. The Spartans will look to bounce back against WJ prior to traveling to Melbourne, Fla. to resume Sunshine State Conference play this weekend in a three-game series against the Florida Tech Panthers.
The Matchup: Tampa vs. Wheeling Jesuit
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28th at 6 p.m.
Location: Naimoli Family Softball Field | Tampa, Fla.
About the Spartans: Tampa comes into the doubleheader with a 6-8 overall record after falling 2 games to 1 in the series vs Rollins this past weekend. Bailey Phillips leads the team with a .324 AVG while Shelby Press is close behind with a .310 AVG. Sahrina Cortes is leading the team in hits (13) and doubles (3) while Makaleigh Dooley and Maddie Farrell are tied for the RBI lead with six. As a team, the Spartans have drawn 29 walks and stolen six bases. Dooley has pitched most of the season for Tampa in the circle and comes into this weekend with a 2.08 ERA. Dooley has 54 strikeouts to just eight walks in 84 innings of work. Sam Kaye is coming off a strong performance in the circle in her last outing, tossing seven innings and giving up just one earned run while recording a career-high seven strikeouts.
About the Cardinals: The team will come into the matchup off a Tuesday doubleheader against fellow SSC team Florida Southern. Cassie Holstein leads the offense for Wheeling Jesuit with a .353 AVG in six games and also leads in runs with seven. Courtney Rogers has tallied a team-leading seven hits to go along with nine RBI. In the circle for the Cardinals, Mallory Chapman leads with a 0.58 ERA and a 2-1 record. Chapman has given up five runs on thirteen hits and has four walks along with 16 strikeouts.
Series History: This is the first time these two schools will be facing off.
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