LAKELAND, Fla. – No. 8 Tampa (29-5, 14-2 SSC) outlasted its Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern (28-10, 7-6 SSC) in a nine inning game from Barnett Field as the Spartans scored a 2-0 victory.

The nine-inning game was a pitching battle as Tampa’s Deanna Henriott and Florida Southern’s Christine Clark combined for 35 strikeouts while allowing just 10 hits.

Tampa broke through in the top of the ninth as freshman Kayla Lamphier started the action with a leadoff double. Following a pair of strikeouts, classmate Meagan Burke tripled to right center to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. Katlyn Raatz followed with an RBI triple of her own to put the score at 2-0.

Raatz and Vyzas each had two hits for Leslie Kanter’s UT squad.

Henriott (17-4) finished with 18 strikeouts, two shy of her school record of 20. The Spartan ace allowed just three hits in 9.0 innings of work.