Kayla Cox throws perfect game as coach Leslie Kanter picks up win 500
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa dominated Adelphi in two shutout games 6-0 and 3-0, respectively, on Tuesday night securing coach Leslie Kanter's 500th career win. The Spartans improve their record to 15-3 while the Panthers drop to 2-4.
Starting pitcher Kayla Cox threw a perfect game in the first game with 16 strikeouts in 21 batters faced improving her ERA to 0.40. The win marked Cox's ninth no-hitter, second perfect game, and the fifth perfect game in Tampa softball history.
Meagan Burke slugged a two RBI-double in the bottom of the third to put Tampa on the board bringing home pinch runner Sam Anderson and catcher Kandi Kuder. Bre Setree notched a single to put the Spartans up 3-0 at the end of the inning.
Alyssa Colletti hit an RBI-double bringing home Setree and Karlyn Buker in the fourth. Burke had a repeat double in the sixth to bring home Kuder after her triple to right-center field.
Tampa's offense sparked early in the second game with Setree's RBI to bring home Kayleen Boatwright after her single. Setree slugged an RBI-double in the third upping the Spartan score to two.
Linsday Dring rounded the bases after three consecutive singles, finalizing the score at 3-0.
Adelphi's left fielder Niki Barbato notched two of the Panthers' hits but was unable to advance past second base.
Taylor Collin's diving catch in right-center field ended the game making the milestone victory for Kanter.