SAINT LEO, Fla. – The visiting 4th-ranked University of Tampa baseball team scored in each of the first six innings as they opened up a Sunshine State Conference series with a 12-4 win over Saint Leo on a gorgeous Good Friday at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
The Spartans figured out starting SLU pitcher Matt Smith early, as they loaded the bases in the first inning, but only managed one run. They repeated the same feat in the second frame, this time putting a four-spot on the board behind five hits and a Mike Schwartz solo home run.
As Tampa (32-5, 13-0 SSC) pitching rolled through the first six innings, facing the minimum number of batters in three frames, UT batters managed to score all 12 runs during that span.
Saint Leo (15-21, 4-9 SSC) managed to finally crack the scoreboard with three runs in the seventh, behind two RBI doubles and an RBI single to get the Lions going.
SLU would add another run in the bottom of the final inning, but it would not be enough as the visitors stayed perfect in conference play.
Smith (4-6) was the pitcher of record for the Lions while Ware Hart and Dustin Brown both went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Reliever John Wiedenbauer (4-1) came in after Tampa starter Sean Bierman was pulled unexpectedly after just two innings. Wiedenbauer tossed five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Swartz was the top-performer for the visiting Spartans as he went 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI.
The Lions and Spartans will continue their Easter-weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Game one of the twin-bill is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.