PBA Baseball Routed on the Road at Tampa
February 9, 2008
TAMPA, Fla.- After an 11-3 win on Friday night, the University of Tampa baseball team followed that victory with another in game one of a scheduled double-header with Palm Beach Atlantic University on Saturday afternoon. This time around the score settled in at 16-4.
The two-time defending NCAA Division II national champions, the Spartans continued their solid start to the season by improving to 5-0 on the season after their afternoon victory over the Fish.
Junior Issac Hicks (St. Louis, Mo.) was hit hard and often in his second start of the season as the right-hander was tagged for 15 runs (eight earned) while allowing nine hits in three innings of work. After opening up play with a run in the first inning, the Spartans would add three more in the second inning and put the game essentially out of reach with an eight spot in the third inning.
Second-baseman Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) continued his solid start to the season as the senior collected three more hits in game one in four trips to the plate. Super utility player Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), also a senior on this years squad, added two hits of his own while also chipping in with a walk.
Shortstop Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) rounded out the Sailfish lineup in fine form with a 2-4 day at the plate.
Despite the early inning struggles, the PBA bullpen responded with a solid effort from senior Trevor Scribner (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.). Scribner tossed two innings and while the right-hander allowed five hits, he didn’t surrender a run to the high-octane Spartans offense. Richardson followed with three effective innings while limiting UT to only one