Baseball Splits Marathon Doubleheader with Second-Ranked Spartans

Baseball Splits Marathon Doubleheader with Second-Ranked Spartans

Tampa, Fla. – Lynn University's baseball team surely entertained its fan base on Saturday, notching a dramatic 11-10 victory in 14 innings over the University of Tampa Spartans before falling 7-3 in the nightcap, earning a doubleheader split to conclude the sides' Sunshine State Conference (SSC) weekend series. Shayne Fontana hit a go-ahead homer for Lynn in the 14th inning of game one before Jake Buxbaum cemented the victory in his sixth inning in relief. 

 

INSIDE THE RACE:

Finals: Lynn 11, Tampa 10, Tampa 7, Lynn 3

Records: Tampa (25-7, 11-4 SSC), Lynn (16-17, 6-12 SSC)

Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.   

All-Time Series: Tampa leads 76-25

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STATS OF THE DAY:

  • Fontana combined for four hits and four RBI on the day, none bigger than his long ball which put Lynn in front for good in the top of the 14th.
  • Buxbaum (2-1) kept Tampa at bay from the eighth inning onward, allowing just one unearned run and three hits in 6.0 innings of work. 
  • Alec Ojeda also pounded out four combined hits in two games, totaling three RBI.
  • Byron Murray went deep for the second consecutive day, launching a solo shot to left in his first at-bat of game one. 
  • Alejandro Martinez hit a combined .400 at the dish, scoring two runs and adding an RBI in the opener.
  • The Blue and White trailed by three or more runs twice in the opener and plated three in the top of the ninth to extend the game. 

 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • 14 innings are the most that Lynn has played this season and are its most in a single game since a 15-inning affair against Southern New Hampshire on March 3, 2014. 
  • Murray now has two home runs in his first four games as a Fighting Knight.
  • Lynn's 56 at-bats in the 14-inning thriller are the most by any team in the SSC this season.
  • Saturday's doubleheader spanned 8:37 of game time with game one going 5:17. 
  • Fontana's homer was his team-leading seventh of the season, which ties him for the most in the SSC.

 

UP NEXT:

Lynn will have another road SSC series next weekend, traveling to Melbourne to meet the Florida Tech Panthers on April 5-6.