Baseball Takes First SSC Series Loss in Heart-break Fashion

Baseball Takes First SSC Series Loss in Heart-break Fashion
English goes 9-11 on Saturday. Photo by Jim Hogue

WINTER PARK, Fla.—The Barry baseball team dropped their first SSC series of the season to the Rollins Tars with a split of Saturday's double header on a 17-2 win in game one and a 14-13 loss in 10 innings in game two.

Barry (31-15, 17-4 SSC) out slugged the Tars with a .341 average to Rollins' .327 and outscored the Tars 43-36 on the series and posted a series ERA of 4.29 versus Rollins' ERA of 7.07.

In game one, the Bucs collected nine runs in the third inning off seven hits and two Tars' errors. Drew Dwelly started the inning off by reaching on a fielding error by the Rollins third baseman. Then Adrian English singled through the left side to put runners on first and second with no outs for Dean Green. Green popped out to the short stop but Matt Petty ripped a double down the left field line to score Dwelly.

After English scored on a wild pitch and Chris Leon reached on another fielding error by the Rollins' third baseman, James Young singled through the right side to put runners on first and second for Manny Pedrozo. Pedrozo belted a double off the left center field fence to score Leon. Lyndon Coleman followed Pedrozo's double with another double to score Young. Evan Ashley then grounded out to second base to score Pedrozo. Dwelly then singled scoring Coleman and English walked to bring Green back up for the second time that inning. Green rocketed a ball down the right field line score both Dwelly and English and posted his first triple of the year.

Barry tallied four more runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh to take the 17-2 win in game one.

Green singled his first at bat, tripled in his third at bat and then doubled in the fifth. He added one more single to his day which was a home run shy from the cycle. Green went 4-6 with five RBIs while English posted a perfect 4-4 day at the plate and Dwelly went 3-7. The first three batter of the Barry lineup went a combined 11-17 in the Barry onslaught. Coleman also collected multiple hits on a 3-6 outing and Pedrozo and Young also added two hits each.

Barry starting pitcher Cory Witkowski (10-1) went eight innings; giving up 10 hits with nine strikeouts while only allowing two runs.

The Buccaneer offense continued pounding the ball in game two of the double header but Rollins answered the call to take the series in three extra innings.

In game two, after Dwelly grounded out to start the game, English rocked his first double of the game. Green then flied out the left field for the second out of the first inning. With two outs, the Bucs then collected a single by Petty, a double by Pedrozo and another single by Young to give them a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.

Rollins answered with a run in the bottom of the first then two more in the bottom of the second after Barry added one in the top of the second to make it a 4-3 game in favor of the Buccaneers. Then in the bottom of the fourth, Rollins tied the game on a Nick Adams double, scoring Max Pavy.

Rollins took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth after Kevin Mager singled and eventually scored on a T.J. Mullins wild pitch to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Tars.

The Bucs answered in the top of the sixth with two runs to reclaim the lead. English started off the inning with his second double of the game and fourth of the series. Green moved English over the third on a ground out to the first baseman. Less than three outs after Barry's wild pitch scored the go ahead run for the Rollins, Tars pitcher Will Krasne threw a wild pitch to allow English to score and tie the game at 5-5. Petty continued the rally and single through the left side. After Pedrozo was walked and Young drew an intentional walk, the bases were loaded for Luis Arrizurieta with one out. Arrizurieta hit a hard-hit shot to the short stop for a single to score Petty and reclaim the lead for the Buccaneers at 6-5. Coleman and Ashley then grounded out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Rollins answered right back to tie the game at 6-6. Chris Holloway singled to right field then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Tony Brunetti singled to score Holloway and tie the game at 6-6.

Jordan Wellander came in to pitch for T.J. Mullins and closed out the game and pitched a perfect seventh inning to send the game to extras.

Petty started the top of the eighth with a double to left center field and advanced to second on a Holness sacrifice bunt. Young singled up the middle to score Petty and give Barry the 7-6 tilt. Three more hits and three more runs later, the Bucs only need three outs to take the win after going up 10-6 in the top of the eighth.

But Rollins, again, answered back. Pavy reached on a throwing error by Young at third then Holloway was plugged by Wellander. The Rollins number nine hitter Josh Band singled through the left side to load the bases with no outs. Adams then singled through the left side to put the tying run at first with no outs. After two outs and a walk, Zach Persky singled off the glove of Young to score two runs and tie the game at 10-10. Tyler King entered the game for Wellander and retired the last batter of the inning.

Barry took another lead in the top of the tenth off a Dwelly three-run blast to left center field, scoring Ashley and Coleman.

Rollins fought back once again and scored four runs in the bottom of the tenth capped off by a off a walk-off double by Pavy to score Brian Lattanzi. The Tars started off the bottom of the tenth with a single to the left side of the infield by Adams. Brunetti then grounded back to the pitcher. Tyler King's errant throw allowed both runners to reach base safely. Mager scored Adams on a single through the left side and made it a 13-11 game in favor of Barry.

The tying run advanced to second on a King wild pitch then Brooks McMinn flied out on a foul ball to first base for the first out of the inning. Persky grounded out to the short stop and for the second time in the game, the Buccaneers were one out away from the win. Lattanzi singled through the left side to score Mager then Pavy hit a ball in to the left field corner to score Lattanzi from first for the win.

The Buccaneers used four pitchers in the game. Brett Hammaker started and went four innings, giving up eight hits and four runs. Mullins then took the hump in the fifth and went two innings with three hits and two runs. Wellander tossed one and two thirds while Tyler King went two innings and took the loss.

The next game for the Bucs is Tuesday, April 26 against Palm Beach Atlantic starting at 6:00 p.m. Live coverage can always be heard on the Buccaneer Broadcasting Network starting right before the first pitch.
Barry 17, Rollins 2
(04/22/11 at Winter Park, Fla.)
(Game 1)
Barry............... 009 043 100 - 17 19 1 (31-14, 17-3 SSC)
Rollins............. 000 200 000 - 2 10 3 (22-20, 4-13 SSC)
Pitchers: Barry - Corey Witkowski; Calvin Rayburn(9) and Chris Leon. Rollins - Mike Howard;
Garrett Yount(3); Adam Ogburn(5); James Kimsey(7) and Sean Reilly.
Win-Corey Witkowski(10-1) Loss-Mike Howard(3-4) T-3:10 A-50
Weather: 82 deg. and sunny
Yount faced 3 batters in the 5th.
Game: BB0422A

Rollins 14, Barry 13
(04/22/11 at Winter Park, Fla.)
(Game 2)
Barry............... 310 002 040 3 - 13 21 2 (31-15, 17-4 SSC)
Rollins............. 120 111 040 4 - 14 18 0 (23-20, 5-13 SSC)
Pitchers: Barry - Brett Hammaker; T.J. Mullins(5); Jordan Wellander(7); Tyler King(8) and .
Rollins - Matt White; Will Krasne(3); Mike Herrmann(6); Alex Venegas(6); Cori Warren(7);
Jack Murray(9); Adam Ogburn(10) and .
Win-Adam Ogburn(3-1) Loss-Tyler King(0-3) T-3:37 A-101
HR BUB - Drew Dwelly (13).
Weather: 86 deg. and very sunny
Game: BB0422B