Argos Eliminate No. 1 Tampa With 7-4 Victory
Bobby Parker Tied UWF’s Single Season Saves Record
TAMPA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team upset No. 1 Tampa in the second round at the NCAA South Region Tournament with a 7-4 victory to eliminate the Spartans. Argonaut closer Bobby Parker (Tallahassee, Fla./Alabama Southern CC (Lawton Chiles HS) recorded his 14th save of the season to tie UWF’s single season saves record. With the win the Argos improve to 35-18 on the season.
The Argos struck for three runs with two outs in the top of the first inning. Garrett Flynn (Davie, Fla./Sagemont Upper School) ripped a two RBI single up the middle and later came around to score on a Michael Tomlinson (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) single to center field, putting UWF in front 3-0. West Florida tacked on another run, 4-0, in the top of the second inning. Taye Larry (Panama City, Fla./Wallace State CC-Dothan (Mosley HS) legged out a one out double to get in scoring position and came around to score from second base on a Dustin Saulmon (Panama City, Fla./Alabama Southern CC (A. Crawford Mosley HS) infield hit.
West Florida struck for three more runs in the top in the fourth inning. Back-to-back base hits to lead the inning off followed by a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt brought a run in and put runners on second and third with no one out. West Florida would plate the second run of the inning on a UT passed ball with the third run coming in on a Saulmon RBI ground out, putting UWF on top 7-0.
The Spartans struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on RBI hits by Zach Gawrych and Heath Pritchard to cut into the Argos lead 7-3. UT would tack on one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a solo home run by Eric Grabe but was not enough as West Florida would hold on to upset No. 1 Tampa 7-4.
Drew Bryson (Cullman, Ala./Wallace State-Hanceville CC (Cullman HS) got the start on the mound for UWF and tossed eight strong innings. Bryson allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out two. Parker followed out of the bullpen and grabbed his 14 save of the season, which ties UWF’s single season saves record held by Phil Lawhorn and Shane Waller, hurling a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. UT’s Sean Bierman received the loss allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings of work.
The Argos will play the loser of the Delta State vs. Alabama-Huntsville game Saturday May 19 at 4:15 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.