Spartan Softball Takes a Seat, Waits to Hear Fate

Abby Sanford

Behind the stellar performance of sophomore pitcher Deanna Henriott, the University of Tampa Spartans softball team ended the regular season with a 27-12 (14-8 SSC) record. Henriott went 18-9 on the season, posting a 1.27 ERA through 182 innings.

Along with Henriott, junior pitcher Heather Van Landingham compiled an 8-3 record with a 2.29 ERA through her 88.2 innings of work.

UT closed the season by splitting a double header with conference opponent Florida Southern. The Mocs ended the season with a No. 17 rank and won the Sunshine State Conference championship.’

Freshman catcher Becky Vyzas led the Spartans offensively. She started all 39 games and ended the season with a .402 batting average along with six homeruns.’

Although eight invitations are granted to the NCAA II South Regional Championship, Tampa’s fate lies uncertain.

The only thing the Spartans can do is sit, and wait. Three seeds are given to each South Region Conference champ.

The tournament is scheduled for May 9-10 and UT hopes to continue recent success and receive their second straight bid to the tournament.’

Senior second basemen Ashley Arcuri, a transfer from Auburn University, finished out her collegiate career strongly.

She tallied a .321 batting average and tied for a team best 43 hits.

Arcuri also accounted for the game winning RBI against Florida Southern. A single in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled UT past the Mocs by the final score of 2-1. Arcuri tallied three hits during the double header.

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