Braydon Nelson pitching for the Spartans

Nelson takes over as Tampa Spartans closer

Braydon Nelson spent his first eight games of the 2021 baseball season as a starter for the University of Tampa Spartans.

After a rough outing in the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship, he asked to be moved to the bullpen.

Ever since he’s been lights out.

Alex Canney of the University of Tampa Spartans

Canney finding success in debut season with Tampa Spartans

University of Tampa Spartans pitcher Alex Canney is the first freshman to get a start on the mound for the program since the 2015-16 season.

The 19-year-old right-hander has gotten the ball in four games this season and put up excellent numbers.

He has a 2.70 ERA through 13.1 innings, where he has also amassed 18 strikeouts while only walking three batters.