LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College baseball got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to rally past Rollins in a 3-1 loss in Sunshine State Conference action on Sunday at Rodda Stadium at Henley Field. The Moccasins (19-15, 5-10 SSC) fell behind 2-0 after the first two innings as the Tars (20-12, 8-7) surrendered just three hits through the first five innings to earn a series win on the road.
Trevor Castell (4-2) took the loss for the Mocs despite pitching well. He allowed just two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work and struck out five while issuing just one walk on the afternoon. Cameron Enck (5-2), who tossed less than an inning for Rollins on Friday before leaving after a two-plus hour lightning delay, returned to the mound on Sunday and earned the win by allowing just one run on five hits in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Jimmy Robbins tossed the final 2.1 innings to earn his third save of the year and second in as many days.
The Moccasins will travel to Florida Tech next weekend (April 12-14) for three games before returning home to take on Palm Beach Atlantic (April 18-19). Just six home games remain on the slate for Southern, which closes the year out at home against Tampa (May 10-11).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Rollins got on the board in the top of the first when Luke Reidy singled to center with one out and runners on the corners to make it 1-0 and could have scored again with a runner on third and two outs, but Castell struck out Cameron Meehan to end the inning. After a scoreless bottom half of the first, the Tars tacked on a second run when Cameron Montgomery led off the second with a solo shot to left.
- Neither team would get a runner past second until the top of the seventh inning when Montgomery advanced to third on a groundout following his leadoff double, but the Tars came up empty as J.J. Niekro entered in relief to record three-straight outs. The Mocs responded in the bottom of the inning when Alan Burnsed crushed a pitch over the wall in left-center to lead off and make it 2-1.
- Rollins came up with a key insurance run in the top of the eighth on Jack Gonzalez's solo homer to right-center to make it 3-1. The Mocs were able to get runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the eighth but came up empty.
- Burnsed was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the ninth and bring the tying run to the plate in three-straight at-bats. With the game on the line and two away, Isaiah Cullum hammered a pitch to deep center field, but the ball stayed in the park for the final out of the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 151-76 all-time against Rollins, including an 83-29 record when facing the Tars at home.
- Jacob Teter reached base safely for the 34th game in a row.
- Niekro made two appearances in the series. He tossed one inning as the starter on Friday night before exiting after the long lightning delay.
- The Moccasins will travel to Florida Tech next weekend (April 12-14) for three games before returning home to take on Palm Beach Atlantic (April 18-19). A single non-conference game at Rollins (April 23) and road series at Nova Southeastern (April 27-29) and Saint Leo (May 2-3) follow for Southern, which closes the year out at home against Tampa (May 10-11).