MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Ninth-ranked University of Tampa (17-4, 9-3 SSC) split a pair of games with Barry University (16-8, 3-3 SSC) on Sunday afternoon by final scores of 4-1 and 5-4, respectively.
Junior Julia Morrow took the circle for the Spartans in game one and tossed 7.0 innings with 15 strikeouts. She allowed one run on two hits to earn her ninth victory of the year.
Lindsay Dring opened the scoring in the top of the fourth with an RBI single that plated Meagan Burke giving Tampa a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans put together a rally in the seventh to extend the lead. Kayleen Boatwright walked with one out and came around to score on an RBI double by Kandi Kuder. Bre Setree doubled home Kuder followed by an RBI single off the bat of Dring giving Tampa a 4-0 advantage.
The Buccaneers cut the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a homerun by Kristina Pazienza but were unable to mount a comeback.
Kayla Cox started game two for the Spartans and suffered her third loss of the season. She tossed 8.1 innings with nine strikeouts while allowing four runs on six hits.
Julie Brito launched a grand slam over the center field fence in the bottom of the first to give Barry an early 4-0 advantage.
Jenna Halper got the Spartans on the board in the top of the fourth on an RBI single that scored Dring and cut the deficit to 4-1.
Tampa rallied in the seventh and tied the game at 4-4. Halper singled to begin the comeback followed by a pinch-hit double by Kelsey Humphrey. Boatwright delivered a clutch two RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3. She would come around to score on a Barry fielding error and send the game to extra innings.
Barry put together a rally in the ninth and plated across the winning run to take the second game 5-4.