Spartans Spilt on Day Two of NFCA Leadoff Classic

Spartans Spilt on Day Two of NFCA Leadoff Classic

CLEARWATER, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team spilt day two of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, as UT secured a victory over #8 West Chester but fell to #2 Southern Arkansas. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game One):

Final: Tampa 2 (W: Makaleigh Dooley, 3-0), #8 West Chester 1 (L: Reilly Gearhart, 0-3)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (5-0), #8 West Chester University (0-4)
Location: Eddie C. Moore Complex || Clearwater, Fla.
All-Time Series: The Spartans lead 2-0 in the all-time series; in 2007, Tampa defeated West Chester 11-2 in Plant City. 
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

TOP 1st: After posting 12 strikeouts in yesterday's contest, Makaleigh Dooley began today's game with a strikeout. The Golden Rams logged back-to-back doubles to take a first inning lead, 1-0.

BOT 3rd: With two outs, Cristina Clauberg sent a routine pop-up to the second-basemen however, the West Chester defender could not secure the "can-of-corn". The error allowed Emalee Jansen to hustle around third and score from second base for Tampa's first run. 

BOT 6thMaddie Farrell walked to begin the inning and Lauren Pascoe came into the game as a pinch-runner. Pascoe moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, and advanced to third base on a Dooley single. With two runners in scoring position, Jansen stepped to the plate and cashed in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

TOP 7th: Dooley struck out the lead-off batter, but allowed a base hit to Courtney Stump. The Spartans defense was able to work out of the situation as Dooley got a force out at second, and finished the upset with a pop-up in the infield. 

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Makaleigh Dooley pitched her third complete game; seven innings with 10 strikeouts, the senior has struckout 10-plus in back-to-back starts.
  • Jansen went 2-2, as she knocked in the game-winning run in the sixth.
  • Tampa's offense did not strikeout in the upset, while the Golden Rams struck out looking four times and totaled 10 K's.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Dooley punched out 10-plus batters in seven games last season.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game Two):

Final: #2 So. Arkansas 8 (W: Sydney Wader, 2-1), Tampa 0 (L: Corynn Miner, 2-1)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (5-1), #2 Southern Arkansas University Muleriders (5-2)
Location: Eddie C. Moore Complex || Clearwater, Fla.
All-Time Series: Tampa won the first two games in the series, however, the Muleriders won the last meeting in 2006.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

BOT 1st: The Muleriders' lead-off hitter Sarah Evans worked a walk to begin the game, and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. SAU's Faith Otts flew out to deep left-field while Evans tagged at second base, an errant throw from Lauren Reyes allowed Evans to turn around third and score on the aggressive base-running. 

BOT 4th: Tampa kept the game close until the fourth inning when SAU pulled away. Chelsea Fagan led off the fourth inning with a solo home-run to left-center field. The Muleriders followed up with a double, walk and a single to load the bases. SAU worked a full-count and battled until they earned a run via free pass. With the bases loaded, Otts ripped a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to 6-0. 

BOT 5thSam Kaye entered the game for UT in the fifth inning. The left-handed junior allowed a lead-off double and a 2-run home-run, which provided SAU a mercy-rule victory in five innings. 

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • The Muleriders worked six walks in the contest, and tagged three extra-base hits. 
  • SAU's Elisa Favela recorded two doubles in three at-bats. 
  • Miner threw 111 pitches in four innings of work.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Spartans did not record a hit for the first time since April 7, 2017 (59 games).

UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will cap off the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday morning with another top-25 opponent, as UT battles against #22 Valdosta State at 11:00 a.m.

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