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Tampa routs Georgia College to take series

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Tampa rebounded from its first loss of the season with a convincing 13-0 shutout win against Georgia College on Monday afternoon. The Spartans take the series and improve to 8-1 on the season while the Bobcats dip to 4-2 entering the week.

Tampa totaled 18 hits in the rout, including home runs from Connor Obrochta, Tyler Ding and Nick Tindall. Seniors Sean O’Brien and Obrochta tallied three hits apiece as the latter picked up four RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Sophomore David Heintz (3-0) took to the mound in the rubber match of the series, going five innings of five-hit baseball, allowing no runs and striking out a single batter en route to the win. The bullpen combined for the final four shutout innings between Preston Packrall and Kevin McNorton. The duo limited the Bobcats to a pair of hits and a walk to hold GC scoreless.

The Bobcats allowed a bases-loaded walk to give the Spartans their first run of the inning. Tampa scored three runs in the frame as senior Obrochta roped a single through the left side of the infield, allowing a pair of runs to cross the plate.

Center fielder Obrochta struck again for another run, scoring O’Brien with an infield single. Designated hitter Ding would then blast his two-run shot over the centerfield fence to push Tampa to a 6-0 lead after four innings.

Right fielder Stephen Dezzi doubled in the fifth inning, moving to third on a wild pitch. O’Brien notched a two-bagger to score Dezzi and continue to pad the Spartan lead.

UT blasted another pair of home runs as Obrochta continued to cause problems for the GC pitching staff. He hit a solo shot in the sixth inning, good for his fourth RBI of the game. Catcher Tindall launched his own homer, scoring two runs and continuing to push the game from the reach at a towering 10-0 deficit.

Georgia College could not stop the bleeding, as Giovanny Alfonzo and Zach Gawrych plated a pair of runs in seventh.

No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato 10, Southwest Baptist 5
No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato 7, Southwest Baptist 2

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Minnesota State ran its winning streak to four games with a nonconference sweep at Southwest Baptist in a double-header on Monday afternoon.

The Mavericks claimed 10-5 and 7-2 wins against the Bobcats.

The Mavericks were paced offensively by junior right fielder Max Waletich who had five hits in seven at bats and accounted for three runs, two RBI and a stolen base in the course of the two games.

In game one, senior righty T.J. Larson (1-0), who gave up one earned run in his four innings on the mound, fanned four batters and allowing five hits with one walk got the win. Freshman Trevor Patterson gave up three earned runs in his two innings pitched with two strikeouts, one walk and four hits allowed.and junior Mathias Butala finished with no runs allowed, no hits, and no walks and recorded one strikeout in one inning.

In the second game of the double header, the Mavericks belted out 15 hits in the 7-2 win.

Senior righthander Taylor Nawrocki, who went five innings and did not allow a earned run while limiting the Bobcats to two hits with six strikeout, got the decision and is 1-0 for the year. Sophomore righthander Josh Matheson, who gave up one earned run on four hits in four innings, closed out the game.