WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 6, 2018) – The Tars battled through eight innings with the No. 13 Mocs, but came up short in the end after a four-run top of the ninth by Florida Southern who would take game one, 10-6.
The Tars fall to 16-15 overall, and 4-9 in SSC play, while the Mocs improve to 27-4-1 overall, and 9-3 in SSC matchups.
Three different Tars generated at least two hits. Brendan Brundage was 2-4 at the plate, with two runs scored. Bryce Peterson also went 2-4, with one run scored, two RBI, and a walk. Luke Reidy continues his stellar freshman campaign, adding two hits and an RBI.
Garrett Leonard got the nod for the Blue and Gold on the mound. The sophomore lasted 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and five runs, while dishing out three strikeouts. Whit Drennan came in as relief, tossing 1.1 innings and registering three punch outs as well. Caleb Jakes also made an appearance, throwing 3.2 innings, allowing no hits or runs, but put away five Mocs in the process.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Mocs got things going with a three-run top of the second inning, including a Christian Maglich single up the middle to score Alex Goebel.
- The Tars would answer in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own behind a Brian Brooker double, as well as a Reidy single, but the Mocs still led 3-2.
- Rollins would take the lead in the bottom of the third with a Bryce Peterson single, and a Nick Santucci groundout, that would bring home Cameron Meehan to give the Tars a slight 4-3 advantage.
- The Mocs would load the bases up in the top of the fourth, and regain the lead 5-4 after both a hit by pitch and a walk would score.
- The Tars would also load the bases up in the bottom of the fourth, with Isaiah Russell scoring, as well as Brundage to bring the Tars back in front, 6-5.
- Florida Southern's Goebel hit a solo shot deep over the left field fence to tie the game at 6-6.
- The Mocs would finally pull through in the top of the ninth, to take a 10-6 advantage over the Tars. Their four-run advantage would be too much for the Tars to handle, and the Mocs would secure game one, 10-6.
• Rollins still trails the all-time series vs Florida Southern, 148-79
• Head Coach Jon Sjogren is 336-315-3 in his 13th season at the helm of Rollins baseball
Rollins will stay put for game two against Florida Southern, with game two scheduled to start on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.
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