Spartans Sweep on Senior Day

Spartans Sweep on Senior Day

TAMPA, Fla. –  The University of Tampa softball team swept Barry University on Senior Day and extended their winning streak to 18 games, tying the school record for most consecutive victories.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game One):

Final: Tampa 8 (W: Makaleigh Dooley, 21-5), Barry 0 (L: Peyton Rawls, 0-2)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (27-9, 17-6 SSC), Barry University Buccaneers (13-30, 6-14 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: The Spartans trail in the series, 72-41; In the last eight games at Naimoli, Tampa's been victorious in six contests.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

BOT 1st: Leading off the ball-game, Lexie Chevalier roped a double down the left field line. It was the freshman's seventh double of the season, which leads the team. After a hit-by-pitch to Cristina Clauberg, the Spartans took the lead with an RBI single from Corynn Miner. With two outs, Maddie Farrell stepped to the plate and cashed in with a two-RBI single to center field.

BOT 2nd: Freshman, Stephanie Balmer, led off the inning with a base-knock and scored on the next play. Breanna Taphouse laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached base on a throwing error by the second basemen, while allowed Balmer to score. On a lineout to shortstop, the fielder attempted to double-up Taphouse, although the errant throw allowed Taphouse to score from second base. The Spartans started another rally with one out as Clauberg singled and Miner doubled. Senior third-basemen, Sam Worrell, hit a deep-fly which allowed Clauberg to tag-up and score.

BOT 3rd: Leading off the third inning, Sam Kaye laced a double to left-center field. It was the first extra-base hit of the juniors' career. Lauren Pascoe connected on a double of her own to give UT a seven-run lead.

BOT 4thWorrell walked, and Lauren Reyes pinch-ran for the senior. Emalee Jansen logged her first base-hit of the ball-game, and drove in Reyes to put the game in mercy-rule territory.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Dooley went the distance for the 20th time this season, in her 24th start; the right-hander struck out six batters and did not allow a walk 
  • Kaye went 2-for-2 coming off the bench, logging the first extra-base hit of her career.
  • Farrell has hit safely in seven straight games, including at least one base-knock in 15 of the last 18 games. 
  • Balmer a freshman shortstop, has registered a hit in nine of the last 10 games including a current six-game hit streak.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Spartans extend their winning streak to 17 games, the longest winning streak since 2012 when UT won 18 straight games.
  • Tampa registered four doubles in the contest, the most in a game this season.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP (Game Two):

Final: Tampa 2 (W: Makaleigh Dooley, 22-5), Barry 1 (L: Gabby Vallee, 9-19)
Records: University of Tampa Spartans (28-9, 18-6 SSC), Barry University Buccaneers (13-31, 6-15 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium || Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: The Spartans trail in the series, 72-42; Tampa's won seven of the last eight games against Barry University.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

BOT 3rd: With runners at the corners and one out, Corynn Miner poked a single up the middle which scored Lexie Chevalier

TOP 4th: Barry's leader on offense, Lynsey Duncan, started the inning with a base-knock. Duncan came around to score on a single from Andrea Johnson. 

BOT 11th: With one out, Emalee Jansen registered her third hit of the ball-game. Jansen moved to second on a sacrifice from Lauren Reyes. Freshman, Stephanie Balmer, logged the game-winning base hit with a drive to left-center field.

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Doolerecorded her 21st complete game in her 25th start; the senior rattled off 10 strikeouts and did not allow a walk. Dooley has totaled at least 10 strikeouts in five games this year. 
  • Jansen went 3-for-4, tying her career-high in hits. It's the third time she's accomplished this feat this season.
  • Balmer a freshman shortstop, has registered a hit in 10 of the last 11 games including a current seven-game hit streak.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Spartans extend their winning streak to 18 games, tying the longest winning streak in school history.
  • This was the fourth extra-inning game for the Spartans this year; UT owns a 3-1 record in extra-inning contests.
  • Dooley has earned the winning decision in the last eight games.

UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will take next weekend off and host Palm Beach Atlantic for a Thursday, Friday series. First pitch on April 18 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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