Spartans Burn Blazers

The top-ranked University of Tampa Spartans (13-2) outscored the Valdosta State Blazers (10-8) 37-14 in a three game series this weekend.

In the first game, Ross Jackson threw six innings and gave up one earned run. The Spartans took advantage of four Blazer errors en route to the 13-5 victory. Tampa jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning, with Troy Ferguson singling and hitting a home run in his second at bat of the inning.

Jose Jimenez added a home run in the fourth. Junior Mejia was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.

Of the 13 Spartan runs, only five were earned. Tampa errors contributed to three of the Blazers’ scoring as Craig Benner gave up one earned run as well.

Ryan Kennedy led the Spartans in the second game with a 4-for-4 performance, driving in two runs in the process. Mejia was 3-for-4, driving his batting average to .714 for the doubleheader. He also stole two bases.

Jimenez hit his second homer of the day and was walked in two more at bats.

Johnny Williams picked up his third win of the season, giving up three earned runs in five innings. Jonathan Holt recorded his second save, striking out three in two innings of no-hit ball.

Sunday’s game fared no better for the Blazers as the Spartans swept the series with a 15-5 demolition of Valdosta State.

Anthony Perez threw five innings of scoreless baseball, earning him his second win this year. The freshman gave up three hits and struck out four. Paul Cruz’s interesting line included one hit, one run and six RBI. Cruz hit two sacrifice flies, one in the second and again in the third innings. In the fourth, Cruz nailed a grand slam over the right field fence.

Scott Leffler, Scott Chapman and Pat House cleaned up the rest of the game, giving up five runs (one earned) over the last four innings.

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