Dooley and Matich Lead Spartans to Doubleheader Sweep

Dooley and Matich Lead Spartans to Doubleheader Sweep

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team swept the doubleheader against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals after taking game one 5-0 in seven innings and game two 8-0 in five innings. In game one, Dooley led the way pitching a two-hit shutout with a career-high 14 strikeouts while in game two the offense came to life in the fifth inning as they scored eight times to wrap up the night early.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME ONE):

Final: Tampa 5 (W: Makaleigh Dooley 7-6), Wheeling Jesuit 0 (L: Chapman 2-4) 
Records: Spartans (7-8), Cardinals (3-8)
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Cardinals 1-0.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

Bott. 2nd: Bailey Phillips recorded the Spartans first hit of the single as she sent a pitch back up the middle. Phillips moved to third as Maddie Farrell doubled down the left field line. Emily Proffitt singled to left field to drive in the opening run of the game. Emalee Jansen followed her up with a single through the right side to make it 2-0 for Tampa. 

Bott. 4th: Dooley reached first on an error by the second baseman. Breanna Taphouse came on as a pinch runner and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Phillips. Taphouse came around to score as M.Farrell doubled to center field. M.Farrell came in to score as Proffitt tripled to right-center field. Proffitt herself showed some smart baserunning as she scored on a ground ball to the pitcher to make it 5-0 Spartans.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Making her first career start, Proffitt went 2 for 3 at the plate with one run, two RBI, and a triple.
  • Dooley tossed 84 pitches with 69 being strikes.
  • Dooley went the full game allowing no runs on just two hits and walking one while striking out a career-high 14 batters. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Spartans streak of games with at least one drawn walk was stopped at nine. 
  • The triple by Proffitt was the first by UT since having two in the first game of the season against Warner.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME TWO):

Final (5 Innings): Tampa 8 (W: Dooley 8-6), Wheeling Jesuit 0 (L: Unterbin 1-4) 
Records: Spartans (8-8), Cardinals (3-9)
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans lead all-time 2-0 against the Cardinals.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

Bott. 5th: With one out on the board, Erica Matich kickstarted the offense that had been dormant for the first four innings of the game. She doubled to left field and came in to score on another double by Sahrina Cortes. Shelby Press singled to right field and allowed Cortes to move to third. With runners on the corners and just one out, Press put on more pressure on the visiting side as she stole second freely. A fielding error by the second baseman allowed Dooley to reach first base and load the bases. A single by Phillips made it 2-0 and M.Farrell hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 3-0 Tampa. Proffitt kept the offense going as she singled to third base and allowing Dooley to come home. After Taphouse replaced Phillips as a pinch runner, Lauren Reyes drove her in with a hit up the middle. With her second at-bat of the inning, Matich hit her second double of the night to clinch the win as she cleared the bases.


INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Matich finished the night going 3 for 3 at the plate with one run and three RBI and two doubles, the second being the final play of the night. 
  • Phillips, Reyes, and Proffitt all went 2 for 3 with three RBI.
  • Sam Kaye went four innings in the circle for Tampa giving up no runs on four hits.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • After three games without an extra-base hit, the Spartans added three more in this game to total five on the night.
  • Tampa has now stolen seven bases on nine attempts.

UP NEXT:

The team will return to the field on Friday afternoon as they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to take on the Florida Tech Panthers. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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