Spartans Fall to Flagler College

Spartans Fall to Flagler College

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team dropped both games of Tuesday's double-header against Flagler College.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME ONE):

Final: Flagler 5 (W: Kyra Gipson, 7-3), Tampa 3 (L: Makaleigh Dooley, 8-4)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (10-7), Flagler College Saints (13-10)
Location: Naimoli Family Field || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: The teams have only met four times, and they've spilt the series at two games apiece. The most recent contest came in February 2017 when Flagler defeated UT, 5-0.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

BOT 1st: The Spartans began the game with consecutive free-passes and the runners were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Corynn MinerSam Worrell approached the plate with two runners in scoring position and lasered a two-run double to left field. Worrell, a senior transfer from USF, ranks second on the team with nine RBI in 47 at-bats.

TOP 4th: Maria Kappos lined a triple to deep left center field and scored on an RBI single through the left side from Morgan Murphy.

BOT 6thStephanie Balmer ripped her second double of the season and scored the go-ahead run, as Miner went "inside-out" and connected for a base-knock over the second-basemen's glove.

TOP 7th: With a runner on first base and one out, Flagler's Jaclyn Mijuskovic cut the deficit in half with a double to left center field. After a groundout and a walk, Tatum Morgan tied the game on an infield single. Genevieve Mangini gave the Saints a two-run lead on a two-RBI single to right field. 

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Dooley made her 11th start of the season, and it was the first time that she's walked more than one batter in a game. 
  • This season, the Spartans have scored nine runs in the first inning.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • It was the first time this season that a game has been decided in the seventh inning. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME TWO):

Final: Flagler 3 (W: Katlyn McCue, 5-4), Tampa 1 (L: Sam Worrell, 0-2)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (10-8), Flagler College Saints (14-10)
Location: Naimoli Family Field || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: Flagler leads 6-3; and the Saints have won the last three games.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

TOP 1st: Garland Evans led off the game with a walk and scored on an RBI single from Morgan Murphy. Murphy leads the team with 11 RBI. 

TOP 4th: Natalie Murphy singled up the middle to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a walk to Mijuskovic. Evans cleared the bases with her second triple of the season to give Flagler a three-run lead.

BOT 5thMaddie Farrell reached first on an error, followed up by a Lauren Pascoe base-knock, and Cristina Clauberg walked to load the bases. Corynn Miner pushed across the first run for the Spartans with a sacrifice fly to center field which scored the pinch-runner Emily Proffitt.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Sam Worrell made her third start in the circle as a Spartan.
  • The Saints drove in all of their runs with two outs. 

UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will host No. 9 Florida Tech this weekend for a three-game series beginning on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.

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