Trey Oest blanks Florida Southern, leads top-ranked Tampa back to finals
TAMPA, Fla. -- Trey Oest pitched a complete-game shutout to help No. 1 University of Tampa oust No. 24 Florida Southern College by a 3-0 score. Tampa earned its second consecutive South Region championship and will head to the NCAA Division II National Championship finals.
The Spartans soared to 51-2 on the season after emerging undefeated in the tournament while the Moccasins concluded their 2014 campaign at 35-19.
This represents the 16th NCAA Division II Baseball National Tournament for the Spartans and the eighth under head coach Joe Urso. Tampa will look for its seventh baseball national championship and fourth since 2006. The Spartans will also bid for their third back-to-back championship season as they defend their 2013 title.
Oest (8-0) was brilliant in his 9.0 innings, needing just 78 pitches to go the distance. The ace limited FSC to a single hit while striking out five and walking none for the win.
Sean O’Brien tallied three hits including two doubles while scoring a run. Tyler Ding was 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI while Michael Danner picked up a base hit and a RBI.
Mocs pitcher Ben Richardson (8-6) was tabbed with the loss, tossing six-plus innings allowing three runs off five hits.