TAMPA, Fla. -- Behind a masterful pitching performance Friday from David Heintz, No. 1 Tampa defeated Florida Southern 4-1 for the Spartans' 23rd consecutive victory -- 30th of the season -- and keeps them a perfect 10-0 in Sunshine State Conference play.
The Mocs drop to 21-10, 4-3.
Head coach Joe Urso (597-177-1) sits three games away from his 600th career victory.
Tampa scored the game's first runs during the fourth inning when Giovanny Alfonzo began the inning with a lead-off double down the left field line. Slugger Stephen Dezzi then followed up the shortshop with an RBI single to center. Tampa added another run in the inning to go up 2-0.
In the seventh the Spartans used small ball to extend their lead to 4-0. Alfonzo ended the game going 2-for-4, while providing UT with spectacular defensive plays. First baseman Sean O'Brien flashed his defensive skills to back up the Spartans pitching staff.
Starting pitcher Heintz (6-0) threw eight and a third innings, while only giving up five hits, one run and striking out five batters. Closer Kevin McNorton picked up his seventh save on the season by pitching the last two outs for the Spartans.
Florida Southern pitcher Clay Chapman (3-3) was tabbed with the loss after throwing eight innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs.