BY SIMON BRADY
The end of the semester is just over a month away, which means UT spring athletics are heating up as the postseason approaches. Several teams are in action this week, with games and matches that have serious ramifications moving forward.
The UT baseball team will try to improve their 8-1 record against Sunshine State Conference (SSC) opponents, as they host conference foe Barry University, tomorrow night at 6:00, and wrap up the series with a double header on Saturday, Mar. 24 at 1:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.
The team’s success of late can be greatly attributed to junior outfielder Nick DeTringo and junior starting pitcher Kevin Pimental were named SSC Players of the Week.
UT women’s lacrosse will be in action Friday night as well. The girls have won six consecutive, and will try to keep their momentum going as they host Alabama-Huntsville at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans currently stand at the top of the SSC standings, with a huge matchup against Florida Southern, who is right in the Spartan’s shadow at second in the standings, next Tuesday March 27.
Like the women’s team, men’s lacrosse team is having a great season themselves. Currently sitting at 8-1, winners of two straight with a 5-0 record on their home turf, they’ll travel to Melbourne to Daytona Beach to take on Embry-Riddle.
Men’s Lacrosse has received serious national recognition for their strong season thus far, as they were recently ranked fifth in the Division II Coaches Poll. The Spartans earned cracking the top five after back to back impressive wins, over no. 10 Belmont Abbey in a nail biter last Wednesday, 13-2. They followed it up by taking care of business against Lindenwood on Saturday, 12-6.
Today and tomorrow, men’s and women’s track will be competing in the USF Invitational. The Spartans will have five more meets after this weekend, before getting set to compete in the NCAA Championships, Thursday May 24th to Saturday May 26th.
Tomorrow afternoon, UT Tennis will try to improve to 10-5 on the season, as they host Broward College. The Spartans are currently riding a four game win streak, where they’ve won by an average margin of four over the streak, including a win over no. 19 in the country Tarleton State, all the way in Fredericksberg, Texas.
Spartan Softball will try to end their season on a high note, they begin one of their last five series’ this Friday and Saturday as they take on Embry-Riddle at home. The Spartans have an overall record of 17-12 this year, but are 12-6 at home, which bodes well for UT this upcoming weekend.
Lastly, men’s golf will travel to North Alabama to compete in the North Alabama Invitational Sunday Mar. 25th through Tuesday Mar. 27th. Meanwhile, women’s golf will compete in the Barry Invitational at Don Shula’s Resort in Miami Lakes, Florida, also Sunday through Tuesday.
The women will try to get back on the right track, as they’ve finished 11th, 12th,and 13th their last three meets, after placing second in the Flagler Fall Slam. On the flip side, the men will try to following up their last performance, when they finished first in round 1 and 2, and placed second in round 3.
There’s plenty of action and excitement involving UT athletics. For wwinformation regarding any of the spring sports teams, visit http://www.tampaspartans.com.
Simon Brady can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org