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Tars Snatch Win from Argos in Bottom Ninth

Jack Gonzalez
Jack Gonzalez

WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 8, 2019) – For the second consecutive game, Rollins scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, posting a thrilling 9-8 victory over West Florida on Friday night. 

The Tars improve to 3-1 on the year while UWF is 1-3. 

Rollins let a 7-1 lead slip away and trailed 8-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Nick Santucci ripped a one-out single and Jared Herron's towering fly ball to left was dropped to give the Tars runners at first and second. After Isaiah Russell came on to pinch run for Herron, Jack Gonzalez tied the game with a single through the right side, plating Santucci and putting Russell on third. UWF changed pitchers for Eddie Ayala, who worked the count full. The payoff pitch was in the dirt and skidded past the catcher, allowing Russell to come home for the Tars win. 

Freshman Kyle Kramer earned the win, throwing just the ninth and allowing only one walk. Cameron Enck started for the Tars, throwing 5.1 innings and surrendering six runs, three earned, on seven hits. 

Jared Middleton started for the Argos, allowing six runs on eight hits over four innings. Dylan Mills-Derouen took the loss, allowing the winning run to score. 

Jack Gonzalez led the Tars at the plate, going 3-5 with three RBIs. Brendan Brundage and Nick Santucci both went 2-5 with Brundage knocking in a run and Santucci scoring twice. 

Matthew Estrada highlighted the UWF offense, going 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Adam Imwalle hit 2-4 and knocked in a pair while scoring once. 

Rollins jumped out to a big lead in the second, putting four runs across. Kyle Hintz knocked in Gonzalez, Cameron Meehan hit an RBI single to center that scored Devon Ortiz, Sam LaFontaine doubled off the center field wall to score Meehan and Brundage brought in LaFontaine with a double of his own. 

The Argos got one back in the fourth to make the score 4-1. 

The Tars posted a big fifth inning with a Gonzalez two-RBI single scoring Brundage and an Ortiz fielder choice plating Herron, giving Rollins a 7-1 advantage. 

The wheels came off for the Tars in the sixth as West Florida scored six runs on four hits and took advantage of an error to knot the score at seven. 

UWF took the lead an inning later, starting the frame with back to back walks and later using a Tars throwing error to score Estrada. Rollins went down in order in the seventh and left one stranded in the eight, setting up the wild finish in the ninth. 

Rollins and West Florida will play the second game of their three-game series on Saturday, February 9 at Alfond Stadium. First pitch has been moved up to 11 a.m. due to impending inclement weather. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.