Bats fall silent in Ospreys’ seventh-straight loss

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

The beginning of the 2020 season has been a struggle for the UNF baseball team and the team’s hitting has been one of their biggest growing pains.

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The Ospreys scored two runs on six hits in the loss to Hartford.

“Our guys are trying to do too much and we got to find a way as a coaching staff to figure them out,” UNF Head Coach Tim Parenton said. “It’s one of those learning curves and we got to have guys getting a lot of playing time that haven’t played division one baseball.”

Similar to their first game of the series against Hartford, the Hawks’ pitching held the Ospreys in check despite a pair of late runs for a 13-2 loss for UNF. 

Logan Clayton started his third game for UNF and found trouble early in the first three innings, allowing two earned runs on a solo homer from Tyler Coppo and a sacrifice fly from John Thrasher for a 2-0 Hawks lead. 

With that 2-0 deficit, the Ospreys’ hitting couldn’t back up Clayton as Nathan Florence was rolling for Hartford. The junior pitched six scoreless innings against UNF with six strikeouts. 

After allowing a two-run homer to Tremayne Cobb Jr. in the fourth, Clayton was taken out of the game after going 3.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. 

It was a bullpen day from that point on with Eddie Miller and Darin Kilfoyl appearing in mop-up roles

The duo pitched a combined 4.2 innings, allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits.

Matthew Tadlock made his season debut in relief for UNF and allowed a run on two hits and two walks to give the Hawks a 13-0 lead. 

The Ospreys finally got on the board in the ninth inning with a two-run jack by Ricky Presno, his second of the year to set the score at 13-2, Hawks. 

Spratling-Williams has begun to break out of his slump, going 3-for-7 in the past two games with a pair of extra-base hits (including a home run).

Florence collected the win, improving his record to 1-1 while Clayton was hooked with his second loss for an 0-2 record. 

With this loss, the Ospreys have dropped seven in a row and are now 2-7 as the Hawks improve to 3-2. 

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