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Tars Come Up Short in 13-inning Thriller

Tars Come Up Short in 13-inning Thriller

WINTER PARK, FLA. (April 19 2019)-  Rollins sparred with Barry through 13 innings but eventually ended up taking a defeat 9-8 in game two of their Sunshine State Conference series. 

The game was a race against the weather as powerful storms reached Central Florida as the final out was recorded. Conditions also moved the third game of the series to Saturday, April 20 with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Alfond Stadium. 

After allowing two runs in the top of the 13th, Rollins manufactured one in the bottom of the frame and had the bases loaded, but couldn't find the game winning hit. 

Brendan Brundage went 3-6 on the day with teammate Sam LaFontaine going 3-7 with one RBI for Rollins (22-16, 10-10 SSC). Cameron Meehan went 2-6 with three RBIs. Luke Reidy went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs. Jack Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 17 games, going 1-5 with two RBIs and a homer.

Whit Drennan took the loss (2-3), pitching in 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts and allowing three runs.. Garrett Leonard started and surrendered six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work.

Andrew Rapoza went 6-6 with an RB to lead Barry (16-13, 13-10 SSC). Freddie Matos going 2-6 with a homerun and two RBIs. Ariel Diaz went 1-2 with a home-run and two RBIs.

Mike Reagan earned his first win of the season, pitching two innings of scoreless relief.. Hugo Casilla got the save (9) with one strikeout and allowing one run. In the 13th.

The Buccaneers took an early lead with three runs in the top of the third. Gonzalez got the Tars on the board with a solo shot to right center in the bottom of the first.

Barry got a run in the second and went up 6-1 with two more in the fifth.

In the Tars half of the fifth, Rollins got back into the game with scoring four runs. LaFontaine singled through the right side, scoring Jared Herron and Reidy ripped a two-run double. RBI Brundage advanced to second; Herron scored. Cameron Meehan then knocked Reidy in to get the Tars to within 6-5.

Th Bucs took advantage of a Rollins error in the seventh and went up 7-5. After the seventh-inning stretch, Meehan knotted the score in the seven with a two RBI single that scored LaFontaine and Brundage.

The teams would combine for just seven baserunners over the next five innings.

Barry broke through with two outs in the 13th as Diaz hit a two-run homer to give the Bucs a 9-7 advantage.

Rollins fought back in the bottom with Gonzalez plating Herron on a sac fly, making it a one-run game. The Tars then loaded the bases for Meehan, but a called third-strike ended the game.

Tars and Bucs are back Saturday April 20 at 1 p.m. for the third and final game in the series.

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