TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa softball team secured a conference victory over Florida Southern behind Makaleigh Dooley's seventh complete game of the year.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa 1 (W: Makaleigh Dooley 7-0), Florida Southern 0 (L: Aubrey Ehlers 3-2)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (9-2, 3-1 SSC), Florida Southern College Moccasins (3-5, 1-3 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Field || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: Tampa trails in the series 75-45, however UT has won four of the last five games against FSC.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
TOP 4th: Makaleigh Dooley registered three of her nine strikeouts in the fourth inning as the Moccasins went three up, three down.
BOT 4th: The Spartans collected both of their hits in the fourth inning, as Stephanie Balmer led off with a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt from Cristina Clauberg, the table was set for Corynn Miner. Miner lasered one off the third basemen and the ball trickled into the outfield, as Balmer hustled around third base and scored to take the lead.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Dooley pitched her seventh complete game in as many starts; seven innings with nine strikeouts and allowed three hits.
- This is the fifth shut-out of the season for UT's pitching staff, and the third shut-out thrown by Dooley.
- It was the first game this season, for UT, in which neither pitcher allowed a walk.
- Miner has recorded a RBI in back-to-back games, and she's totaled five RBI in the last four games. The red-shirt sophomore leads the team with nine RBI in 29 at-bats.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Dooley owns a 7-0 (0.45 ERA) record this season, with 61 strikeouts and just one walk allowed in 47 innings pitched. The senior's averaging just over nine strikeouts per seven innings.
UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will complete the weekend series against Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon, as the double-header is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
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