Outfielder Lala gets the offence started for Spartans

Tampa native uses on base ability to great effect

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Jordan Lala in between innings of the weekend opener against Florida Tech on February 25. Lala's ability to get on base is key to Tampa's offence. (Courtesy University of Tampa) 

Jordan Lala is using his speed and approach at the plate to ignite the University of Tampa’s potent offence in his first year with the program.

The local native has a solid ability to get on-base, showcased by his .461 OBP and team-leading 24 walks, allowing the rest of the lineup to do some serious damage offensively.

“We trust our guys to drive us in and we’ve been doing a pretty good job of that lately,” said Lala, on a Zoom interview. “Whatever helps the team win.”

The Spartans offence has done an excellent job of bringing him home, as the junior has scored the second-most runs on the team with 28.

“I just do whatever I can to find a way on base. I know if I get on base I got a pretty good chance of scoring and helping the team win,” said Lala. “At the plate, I’m just trying to hit the ball hard or be patient or to where I can find my way on.”

The transfer from the University of Miami is also showing noticeable improvements at-bat. Lala hit .252 in his three years with the Hurricanes but has since been off to a hot start at the plate hitting .314 for the Spartans.

“I’m always working on my swing, my approach at the plate and my two-strike approach. I’m always working on stuff like that in the gym,” said Lala. “So I was trying to get stronger and keep my speed there.”

The outfielders’ stolen base numbers don’t stand out at you for someone with his speed – Lala leads the team with five – but that’s due to the rest of the lineup’s ability to drive him in.

“He’s the catalyst of the offence,” said Coach Joe Urso. “As a leadoff hitter when he gets on base the offence really clicks and that’s where you see a lot of our runs scored.

 “There’s a lot of different ways to get on base with walks, just putting balls in play, putting pressure on the defence and Jordan has done a great job of that in his career. And now is doing a great job with us.”

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Posted: Mar 25 2022 8:27 pm
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