Top-Ranked Spartans Shutout Sailfish in Baseball Action
April 20, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
TAMPA, Fla.- The No. 1-ranked University of Tampa Spartans baseball team showed their strong all-around play on Friday night as they opened up their three-game series against Palm Beach Atlantic with a 5-0 shutout. The Fish received another strong pitching effort from senior Logan Thomas who went the distance for his fifth complete game however the offense was stymied by two Spartan’s pitchers for a four-hit shutout.
Senior Travis Murray collected two of PBA’s four hits as the Fish left seven men on base in the loss.
Tampa (32-7) countered Thomas good pitching with seven strong innings from starter Ben O’Shea (6-1) as he allowed only three base-hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Evan Stobbs closed out the game with two scoreless innings of work with one hit allowed, three walks and five punchouts.
The Spartans got on the board with a solo homerun by first-baseman Jake Schrader in the bottom of the second inning while adding another run in the third thanks to Zach Gawrych double, a wild pitch and a RBI groundout from Damon Elder.
The home team expanded their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning as they plated three more runs with an Elder double and an Andrew Jones 2-run single.
Thomas did not allow a multi-hit game to any Spartan hitter as seven different UT hitters registered one hit each.
The two squads will wrap up the weekend series with a double-header on Saturday. The time scheduled for first pitch in game one has been moved up to 11 am with thunderstorms expected to play a part in the day’s action.