Tampa Rallies to Tenth Straight Win

Tampa Rallies to Tenth Straight Win

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team grinded against Nova Southeastern, as the Spartans trailed by four runs and rallied back to secure their tenth straight victory. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final: Tampa 6 (W: Corynn Miner, 5-2), Nova Southeastern 4 (L: Miriam Schmoll, 10-4)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (20-9, 10-6 SSC), Nova Southeastern University Sharks (20-13, 9-4 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Field || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: The Spartans lead the series 30-21; At Naimoli, Tampa owns a 17-8 record against Nova Southeastern.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

TOP 5th: The Sharks worked the bases loaded on a single and two hit-by-pitches. Kayla Kight stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run double. Kight would be stuck in a run-down, but scored after an error was charged to Miner.

BOT 5th: Tampa responded with singles from Lauren Pascoe and Stephanie Balmer, followed up by a Cristina Clauberg RBI single. With two outs, Miner cut the lead in half when she reached base on an error by the second-basemen as Balmer scored from second base on the play. 

BOT 6th: A four-run sixth inning sparked the UT comeback. Emalee Jansen led off the inning with a single up the middle and recorded her third stolen base of the year. Pasoce singled, and Lexie Chevalier drove a pitch the opposite way to score Jansen. On a wild pitch, Pascoe scored and the go-ahead run, Chevalier, advanced to third. Clauberg continued her career-day with an RBI base-knock to give Tampa a lead with three outs remaining. Sam Worrell sent a pop-up a mile high and reached base after the pitcher dropped the fly ball, but it also provided Tampa with a two-run lead as Clauberg came around to score.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Clauberg registered a career-high four hits, with two RBI and a double to lead off the fourth inning.
  • Pascoe entered the game off the bench and racked up two hits in two at-bats. The senior scored twice in the comeback victory, and she owns a .412 average in 17 at-bats.
  • Miner came in relief and earned the victory, finishing out the final three innings. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Tampa's riding a ten-game winning streak after the series opener against top-ranked Nova Southeastern.
  • It was the largest come-from-behind victory for the Spartans this year. 

UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will complete the weekend series against Nova Southeastern on Saturday, with first pitch set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

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