Cary, North Carolina -- The Tampa Spartans survived their third elimination game in the Division II Championship, with a 3-1 victory over Colorado Mesa on Thursday.
The same two teams will play Friday at 1 p.m., with the winner advancing to the National Championship game on Saturday.
Junior lefty Chase Sparkman was outstanding for the Spartans. He pitched 8.1 innings of 6-hit baseball, and earned the victory. Senior outfielder Zack Gawrych had 2 RBI singles to lead UT.