Tampa Native Freshman Feels at Home Behind the Plate

As the softball team sits comfortably on top of the conference standings, they have only three opponents left to battle in the regular season.

The Spartans are doing their best to keep a positive attitude and continue their hard work.
‘The energy level is definitely high in the dugout,’ freshman Becky Vyzas said.

Vyzas, a freshman catcher and Tampa native, is contributing to the Spartan’s winning ways. She hit the walk-off double to score teammate Michelle Horan and win the game 1-0 for the Spartans in the 15-inning battle against Florida Tech at the end of March.

Vyzas started out playing baseball when she was 4 years old, but made the switch to the sport she now excels at when she was 13.

She came to the University of Tampa after setting school records for homeruns and batting average at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa.’

Wasting no time, Vyzas went three for three in her first game as a Spartan, hitting a homerun and driving in three runs.

As far as success goes, she has had her fair share, but Vyzas believes that just playing at this level is a great accomplishment.

‘Coming here was a pretty good achievement, playing college softball,’ she said.
Her decision to attend UT came down to what most students look for in a school, but also a strong sports program.

‘Academics and softball,’ Vyzas said, ‘just basically the whole thing.’

As the season heads towards the final stretch, Vyzas is confident in her team and their abilities. The SSC leaders are on track for an excellent season and good run in the post season.

‘I know we’re good enough to win,’ Vyzas explained. ‘We just need to stay focused and work as a team, which we do really well.’

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