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          Spartans finish second in UAA

          George Jones

          Issue date: 3/19/10 Section: Sports
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          Offense keyed the Spartans' best-ever finish at the UAA Championships this year. The Spartans scored 92 runs in six games at the tournament.
          Offense keyed the Spartans' best-ever finish at the UAA Championships this year. The Spartans scored 92 runs in six games at the tournament.
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          The Spartans had a three-game losing streak heading into the UAA championships, and lost their first game of the tournament, 10-8, to the University of Rochester. Therefore, the Spartan baseball team exceeded expectations by finishing with a 4-2 record, good enough for second place in the tournament. It could have been even better for the Spartans, though, as they lost their last game 3-2, again to tournament champion Rochester.

          "It was bittersweet," said coach Matt Englander. "We had a successful trip when you compare it to years gone by, but it was disappointing; we didn't go down there to finish in second place, and we had a legitimate chance to win the tournament in the last game."

          The Spartans' performance over spring break was their best best-ever finish in the UAA - they finished second last year, but had a 3-3 record. In 1995, they finished with a 4-2 record, but took third place. The Spartans have been participating in the UAA tournament since 1990.

          The second game of the tournament was a 12-5 win over Brandeis University, in which three batters had three hits, setting the tone for the rest of the week. The third game was a 10-inning, 9-8 win over Washington University. A solid performance by the bullpen allowed the offense to come back.

          After that game, the rains came and stopped play, postponing five games, of which three were eventually played. The Spartans were the only team to play all six scheduled games. Their first game after the rain was another extra-inning win, 7-5 over Emory.

          "[The extra-inning wins] are two wins that I think our guys should be most proud of," said Englander. "In both of them, we had leads late in the game, the other team scored real late to tie it, and you think the other team's gaining momentum. Both times our guys were just tougher and came back in extra innings."

          The next game was an historic 24-15 win over WashU - the Spartans' 24 runs and the 39 total runs were both UAA tournament records.
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