Top-ranked Tampa allows just one run in sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic
TAMPA, Fla. -- Behind stellar pitching performances from Chase Sparkman and Preston Packrall, No. 1 University of Tampa completed the series sweep against Palm Beach Atlantic University on Saturday. The duo led the squad to an 8-1 win the first game and followed with a 5-0 shutout to conclude the series.
The Spartans improved to 35-2 on the season while the Sailfish return home 13-20-1. The UT pitchers limited PBA to a single unearned run over 16 innings, including a game two shutout.
Tampa used a 14-hit barrage to take the first game of the doubleheader by an 8-1 score. Jacob Tillotson was perfect in his three at-bats as the senior scored two runs while also crossing the plate once for UT.
Senior Tyler Ding started the day with a trio of hits to go score two RBI in the first contest. Centerfielder Connor Obrochta recorded a pair of hits and two runs scored while pinch-hitter Quinn Pippin roped a two RBI base hit in the late innings.
Junior Sparkman (2-1) earned the game one victory after tossing eight innings. The lefty spun the first gem, scattering five hits with five strikeouts and allowing a single unearned run.
Marcus Crescentini threw the final three outs, striking out the side to conclude the first game of the twinbill.
PBA hurler Ryan Cota (3-2) picked up the loss, throwing four innings while allowing a pair of runs behind five Spartan hits.
Tampa carried its offense to the second game of the day..
Zach Gawrych hit a towering three-run bomb over the left field fence in the rout, while Ding added another three hits to his day. The third basemen finished the twinbill hitting 6-for-8 with two RBI.
Senior Packrall (5-0) needed 94 pitches to toss a complete-game, four-hit shutout to seal the sweep. The right-hander struck out six en route to his fifth victory of the season while shrinking his ERA to 1.09 on the season.
Sailfish starter Domonic Monda (3-3) continued his weekend woes, picking up the loss in his three innings of work. The PBA junior allowed five runs on five hits, walking three for the final game of the weekend series.