University of Tampa team plays ball in Cuba

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The University of Tampa's 2013 NCAA Division II championship baseball team is in Cuba this week for a bit of baseball diplomacy.

The UT Spartans, who arrived Sunday, faced Havana's Industriales Blue Lions team in an exhibition game Wednesday and have two more games scheduled later this week against other teams in Cuba's 16-team national league.

So far the group of nearly 50 team members, staff and some parents have toured historic and cultural sites, met with students at the University of Havana and talked baseball with retired Cuban players, said head coach Joe Urso in a telephone interview from Havana.

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