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University of Tampa wins a record-tying ninth Division II baseball national championship

Baseball players, coaches, and family members celebrate. One person in the middle of the group holds a trophy, while others hold up a single finger.
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The University of Tampa baseball team won a record-tying ninth Division II national championship June 8, 2024, by knocking off Angelo State 8-3 in Cary, N.C.

UT was trailing defending champ Angelo State 3-1 before a six run sixth inning rally — the first time they trailed during the double-elimination tournament.

The University of Tampa made history by winning a record-tying ninth Division II baseball national championship Saturday.

A six-run sixth inning powered the Spartans to an 8-3 victory over defending champ Angelo State, in Cary, N.C..

UT was trailing 3-1 before the rally — the first time they trailed during the eight team, double-elimination tournament.

They were seeded second, behind only Central Missouri, which was eliminated after losing both of its games.

Since the Spartans (52-8) hadn't lost any of their first three games, they had two chances Saturday to win one game — but they didn't need a second chance.

It's UT's first Division II national title since 2019, and their ninth overall. That ties them with Florida Southern College in Lakeland for the most by a D-II program.

It's also the sixth title for Joe Urso as UT's coach. He won one as a player for the Spartans as well.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.