WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 2, 2014) – Freshman right-hander Philip Burket earned his first collegiate start as he helped lead the Tars to a 3-2 victory Sunday in the rubber match against Young Harris.
Burket tossed 4.1 innings and struck out a game-high four batters, allowing no earned runs and scattering one hit. Matt Hendricks pitched in relief and saw 2.2 innings of action to pick up the win. Hendricks struck out one and allowed one run on two hits.
Eric Morse closed for the Tars once again to secure his second save of the year. The right-hander struck out three and did not allow a hit, walk or run.
The Tars were late to get on the board as they trailed the Mountain Lions 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Rollins scored a pair of runs as Hunter Mayfield crossed home plate on a Zach Persky RBI single. Persky then made his way home on a steal to second and back-to-back throwing errors by YHC.
Rollins tacked on another run in the fifth. Hendricks, who started the game as the designated hitter, scored his only run of the game after hitting a triple in his third at-bat of the game and crossed the plate on Mike Purcell’s base hit.
Young Harris was able to score one run in the top of the seventh, but were held scoreless in the final three innings of play.
Hendricks led the Tars going 3-for-4 at the plate while Purcell added a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI.
Josh Rudnik was the only Mountain Lion with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with one run.
YHC starter Adam Moore was tagged with the loss in 4.0 innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out two.
The Tars will hit the road for their next series as they head to Pensacola to face the No. 4 West Florida Argos Feb. 7-9.