By Amanda Baxter
University of Tampa student-athletes continue to work hard as the Spring competition season is in full swing.
The men’s baseball team is picking up where they left off, looking to capture another national championship this spring. The team currently stands with a 9-2 overall record. Their season began in February and will conclude in late May. The NCAA Championship series will be held in Carly, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 5, where the Spartans hope to play.
The team has already had to postpone four games due to COVID-19. Drew Ehrhard, senior second baseman, hopes that no more games are pushed back moving forward.
“It’s frustrating getting games canceled on us last minute,” said Ehrhard. “We have been working hard day in and day out every practice to prepare for the games we want to play so badly.”
The men will face Barry University from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday, April 10 at home and in Miami Shores, Florida. Following, they will play Lynn University in a double header on Saturday, April 17.
The women’s softball team is currently on a four-game win streak after beating Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Tech in a three game series. Coming up, the women will be playing a double header, at Barry University on Friday, April 9. On Sunday, April 11, the team will take on Barry in another double header at home.
“The team’s chemistry, both on and off the field, is one of the reasons we are successful,” said Emily Proffitt, senior women’s softball outfielder. “Our goal moving forward is to keep winning and win the conference.”
The men’s lacrosse team is also continuing their success from last season. They currently hold a 4-0 overall record. In their game against Palm Beach Atlantic, the team set a school record for the most goals scored in one game, with a final score of 29-3.
The team was set to play Rollins College on Wednesday, March 24 but was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test for a Rollins athlete. The game is postponed to Wednesday, April 7 at Rollins.
The women’s lacrosse team stands with a 4-1 record. On Saturday, April 3, the women beat Florida Tech with a score of 10-5. Their next game will be at home against Lynn University on Saturday, April 10 at 3 p.m.
“Despite all the uncertainty at the beginning of the season due to the pandemic, our team has found ways to grow stronger, and we are more determined than ever to win a national championship,” said Lauren McNeill, senior attacker on the women’s lacrosse team.
Women’s tennis is coming to an end, with only two matches left in their season. Previously, the women took a fall to Saint Leo University in a 7-0 match. Up next the team will face Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, April 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida. And lastly, the final match and “senior day” will take place at home on Wednesday, April 14 against Rollins.
“This has been an abridged tennis season for the Sunshine State Conference,” said head coach Al DuFaux. “Unfortunately, we were only allowed to play nine matches this year due to covid restrictions.”
Kiira Riihijarvi, a senior on the women’s golf team, recently competed in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament. The tournament features the top 82 female players in amateur golf. Riihijarvi finished within the top 28, with an overall score of +14. Riihijarvi made a long putt at the 18th hole on Friday, April 2 to make it inside the cut line. Only the lowest scoring 30 players, including Riihijarvi, cut into the first two rounds.