Tampa holds off Seton Hill
Home runs by Jones, Grabe lead Spartans past Griffons
TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 1 Tampa picked up another win on Sunday when it defeated No. 5 Seton Hill. The win improves Tampa to 13-2 on the season, while giving Seton Hill, now 7-1, its first loss.
Tampa took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning when senior Andrew Jones hit a solo home run to center field. The score became 1-0 and remained that way until the sixth inning.
Following a one-run inning by Seton Hill, the Spartans tacked on three of their own. A pair of singles by seniors Damon Elder and Jones drove in one run and two runs, respectively.
The Griffins would go on to score one run in both the seventh and eighth innings. A two-run home run by senior Eric Grabe and a two-run double by Heath Pritchard in the eighth put the Spartans up 8-3. The home run was Grabe's second of the weekend.
A three-run home run by Seton Hill in the ninth cut the Spartans lead to only two. With a score of 8-6, Preston Packrall came in to pitch and successfully got the final out of the game, yielding a Spartan victory. The save marks Packrall's first of the season.
Lefty Eric Luksis started on the mound for Tampa. Luksis threw for 5.1 innings, let up four hits, one earned run, and struck out three Griffins. Senior Evan Stobbs pitched 3.1 innings of relief, recorded six strike outs and his first win of the season.
Spartan offense outhit the Griffins 13 to 10. Seton Hill starter managed to strike out five Spartans total.