Tampa ends season with 47-2 record, sets NCAA winning-percentage record
TAMPA, Fla. -- Setting the single-season win-percentage mark, top-ranked Tampa swept its doubleheader against Florida Tech on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans took the first game by a 10-1 score and then concluded their regular season with a 13-4 rout.
Head coach Joe Urso’s squad broke the previous NCAA Division II baseball record set by Savannah State in 2000 (46-3, .939 winning percentage) with a 47-2 campaign erasing the previous mark with a .959 season.
UT concludes Sunshine State Conference play with a 22-1 tally while FIT ends its season with a 25-22 record, 9-14 in SSC play. The Spartans have won their third consecutive and 16th overall SSC championship.
More history was made as senior Jacob Tillotson became the first player to play all nine positions in a single game as a Spartan. The utilityman concluded the second game striking out the side in the ninth after seeing action at each other fielding position for an entire inning of play. In addition to his day in the field, Tillotson contributed two each of runs, hits and RBI to round out his historic performance.
Senior Quinn Pippin ravaged the Panthers pitching staff, putting forth a 4-for-7 day which included a solo home run, seven RBI and a pair of runs scored. Fellow senior Zach Gawrych notched six hits on the day, crossing the plate four times in his final regular season game.
Starting pitcher David Heintz (9-0) earned the 10-1 win for the premier game of the day. He spun five innings, scattering six hits while keeping FIT scoreless to shrink his ERA to 1.98 on the season.
Panthers hurler Scott Ward (5-2) was credited with the loss, tossing five complete frames while allowing six runs.
Senior Preston Packrall (9-0) started on the mound for the second contest, pitching five innings of three-run baseball to pick up the win. Tillotson threw the final three outs, striking out the side in his first collegiate pitching performance to preserve the 13-4 victory.
FIT pitcher Grant Willcoxon (4-5) was tabbed with the second game loss, allowing nine runs, three earned in two-plus innings of work.