baseball-d2 flag

Tampa Athletics | March 28, 2014

No. 1 Tampa wins 23rd in a row, defeating Florida Southern 4-1

David Heintz Tampa's David Heintz gave up five hits in eight-plus innings Friday.

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.

The DII women's volleyball preseason poll will be released Tuesday. Here's what you need to know.

The 2019 DII women's volleyball season is set to begin. The AVCA will announce its preseason poll on Tuesday, August 20. Here's a recap of the 2018 top 25 and a history of the AVCA DII women's volleyball poll.

11 memorable NCAA DII championships from the 2018-19 season

Let’s take a look back at some of the more exciting NCAA DII championship tournament games from the 2018-19 season.

These schools have the most DII baseball national championships

Let's take a look at the schools with the most DII baseball national championships.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners