LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College baseball jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, but was unable to hang on for the win as Rollins rallied with three runs in the sixth inning to tie and two in the ninth to come away with an 8-6 win on Saturday at Rodda Stadium at Henley Field. The Moccasins (19-14, 5-9 SSC) got off to a fast start with four runs in the first, but the Tars (19-12, 7-7) chipped away at the deficit and came up with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to earn the win.
Carson King (3-5) took the loss for the Mocs after allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits in 2.1 innings in relief of Cooper Bradford, who allowed six runs on five hits in 6.0 innings. Whit Drennan (2-1) picked up the win for Rollins after allowing just one run on four hits in 6.0 innings out of the bullpen and Jimmy Robbins struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.
The teams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Henley Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern took advantage of two early miscues by Rollins as Pablo Cabrera reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the first and stole second before Zach Scott advanced to first on a passed ball following a strikeout. The passed ball allowed Cabrera to move to third and he would score on Jacob Teter's sacrifice fly in the next at-bat. Alan Burnsed was hit by a pitch and Zach Diewert walked to load the bases for Alex Goebel, who reached on an error that allowed Scott to score from third.
- Isaiah Cullum followed up the error with a two-run single to right as Southern batted around in the inning and led 4-0 after the first. The Mocs sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and scored four runs on just one hit.
- The Moccasins tacked on another run in the second when Scott smacked a one-out pitch over the left field wall, his seventh of the season, to push the lead to 5-0. FSC had a chance to do more damage with runners on first and second with two outs but was unable to push another run across.
- After a one-out triple by Cameron Montgomery, the Tars scored their first run when Bradford's wild pitch got to the backstop with two outs to allow Montgomery to cross the plate and make it 5-1. A walk, single, and another wild pitch put runners on first and second before Kyle Hintz came around to score on a passed ball to cut the Mocs' lead to 5-2.
- Florida Southern got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Cabrera scored on Teter's one-out double to left-center. Rollins responded with an RBI groundout in the top of the fifth to make it 6-3, and tied things up in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and Montgomery's two-run homer to left.
- The Moccasins had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Frost reached third with one out, but back-to-back groundouts ended the inning with the score still even at 6-6.
- After neither team scored in the eighth, the Mocs looked like they might head into the bottom of the ninth with a chance for a walk-off win. However, Rollins was able to get runners to second and third with two outs and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball for extending its lead to two (8-6) with an RBI single before Robbins struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to slam the door shut.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 151-75 all-time against Rollins and saw its six-game win streak in the series come to an end.
- Teter reached base safely for the 33rd game in a row while Pablo Cabrera picked up the 194th hit of his career. He needs just 34 more to move into the top 10 in school history in career hits.
- Rodriguez allowed the opposing team to score for the first time in 13 outings when two inherited runners scored in the ninth. However, because the runs were charged to King by rule, Rodriguez still has not allowed a run in 16.0 innings out of the bullpen this year.
- Florida Southern and Rollins close out the weekend with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday. The Mocs are on the road at Florida Tech next weekend (April 12-14) before returning home for three games against Palm Beach Atlantic (April 18-19) which includes a Friday doubleheader.