No. 8 Tampa Completes Sweep of Rival Florida Southern
LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 8 University of Tampa (31-5, 16-2 SSC) softball team completed the sweep of Sunshine State Conference (SSC) rival Florida Southern College (28-12, 7-8 SSC) in a Friday afternoon double-header at Barnett Field by scores of 6-0 and 4-1, respectively.
SSC Pitcher of the Week, Kayla Cox, shutout FSC over 7.0 innings with 13 strikeouts in game one to improve her record to 13-1. In the shutout, Cox broke the program record for scoreless innings pitched without an earned run with 58.1 innings, which was originally set by teammate Deanna Henriott in 2009 with 57.2 innings.
Tampa’s big offense came in the third inning with a four run rally capped off by a three run home run by Meagan Burke. Burke finished the game with three base hits and three RBI.
Susan Jallo also popped a homer during the game to deep left field, her second of the season. She went on to end the game with one hit, two runs scored, and one RBI.
Senior Deanna Henriott started and earned the victory for the Spartans, as she improved her record to 18-4 overall. The native of Saint Petersburg, Fla. tossed 7.0 innings and recorded ten strikeouts while allowing one earned run.
The Spartans got off to an early lead in the first inning, as Stacy Piagno and Burke each had RBI base hits. In the third inning, Jallo pushed the Spartans 3-0 with her second home run of the day. Tampa would also add a run in the fifth to end their offensive output.
Leslie Kanter’s UT squad will be back in action Friday night when they will play against Eckerd College at Vince Naimoli Softball Field. Entrance to all UT home games is free of charge, and UT will also offer live stats through TampaSpartans.com.
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