WINTER PARK, FL - Florida Southern College baseball jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Rollins scored six combined runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on Tuesday evening at Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepherd Field. The Moccasins (20-19) were able to tie things up in the fifth after surrendering their early lead, but the Tars (24-16) were able to plate a run in the eighth to complete the comeback in a non-conference, midweek contest.
Leo Rodriguez (1-2) took the loss for the Mocs after allowing a run to come across in the bottom of the eighth. Cameron Enck (6-3) earned the win in relief for the Tars by tossing a scoreless eighth and getting out of a two-out jam with runners on first and second. Whit Drennan sat down the side in order in the top of the ninth to pick up his fourth save.
Alex Goebel and Christin Maglich hit back-to-back solo homers in the second when Florida Southern scored four runs, but Rollins quickly rallied with four runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the bottom of the fourth to go up 6-5. The Mocs tied it at 6-6 in the fifth but did not score again as the Tars rallied back for the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florid Southern got off to a hot start when it pounded out six hits and scored four runs in the top of the second. The inning started with back-to-back solo home runs from Alex Goebel and Christin Maglich, who each hit a shot over the left field wall to make it 2-0. Vaun Brown and Pablo Cabrera each singled with one out to put runners on first and second before Colin Camarigg struck out for the second out. But the inning continued when Rollins' catcher Jared Herron made an errant throw on a double steal attempt that allowed Brown to score and Cabrera to advance to second. Zach Scott singled to left in the next at-bat to make it 4-0 before the Tars recorded the third out.
- The Mocs tacked on another run when Ricky Gonzalez led off the third with a single, stole second and advanced to third on another throwing error by Herron, and came around to score on Maglich's single through the left side. By the end of the top of the third, the Moccasins had pounded out 11 hits and led 5-0.
- In the bottom half of the inning, it was Rollins that would get on track offensively. A pair of singles sandwiched around a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs, and the Tars took full advantage by scoring two runs on an error by Jacob Teter to make it 5-2 and closed the gap to 5-4 when Jack Gonzalez doubled down the left line to plate two more.
- Nick Santucci led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to right to tie the game at 5-5, and Rollins went ahead on a bases-loaded walk with one out to jump in front 6-5. The Tars could have done more damage but failed to score again in the inning despite two more at-bats with the bases loaded.
- After a single by Teter, a wild pitch, and an error put runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the fifth, Florida Southern was able to tie things at 6-6 when Teter scored on a double play.
- Both teams would squander chances to score in the sixth and seventh innings despite getting runners into scoring position. Rollins would finally break through in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Brendan Brundage to make it 7-6 and almost scored two on the play, but Luke Reidy was cut down at the plate for the final out and Drennan tossed a perfect ninth to close things out.
INSIDE THE NUMBER
- Florida Southern fell to 151-77 all-time against Rollins, including a 66-47 record when facing the Tars at home.
- Cabrera, who finished 1-for-5, picked up the 201st hit of his career and needs 31 more to crack the top 10 in school history in career hits.
- A total of 11 pitchers appeared in Tuesday's game as the Moccasins had five different players take the mound and Rollins had six pitchers make an appearance.
- Florida Southern will head to Nova Southeastern for a three-game series (April 26-28) before playing their final road games of the season at Saint Leo (May 2-3). The Mocs close out the regular season at home against Tampa (May 10-11).