posted on June 26, 2013 23:38
Emilee Jackson (UCF)
COLLEGE PARK, Fla. - The College Park Freedom struggled in their second game against the Sanford River Rats, losing by a score of 15-3 on Wednesday night at Bishop Moore High School.
Cody Tolbert (Fort Scott) was the starting pitcher for the Freedom and he pitched for 3.2 innings. He gave up four runs on four hits with two strikeouts. He was relieved by Josh Larson (Santa Fe) who joined the team for his first game tonight. Larson pitched for 1.1 innings, surrendering no hits, no runs and had two strikeouts.
College Park made three hits in the bottom of the third. AJ Mackey (USC-Upstate) hit a single to third base, followed by a single to right field from Jared Watson and a single from Taylor Perez (Saint Leo). However, no runs scored. The River Rats were up 3-0 in the bottom of the third and proceeded to score one more run in the top of the fourth.
Blake Hutton (High Point) stepped in to pitch in the top of the sixth. Hutton pitched for two innings, giving up two hits but no runs and two strikeouts.
Until the seventh the Freedom were behind 4-0. In the bottom of the seventh Jared Watson (Samford) hit a single to first base and Mike Gonzalez (Lynn) hit a single to right. With runners on first and second Perez hit a double to center field. Watson and Gonzalez scored, cutting Sanford's lead to 4-2. Max Hogan (Dallas Baptist) hit a single to right field and Perez ran in, edging the Freedom closer with a score of 4-3.
Gonzalez came in to pitch in the top of the eighth for this first pitching appearance of the season. Gonzalez pitched for one inning and was replaced by Andrew Murphy (Oklahoma Wesleyan) in the top of the ninth. The River Rats were up 9-3 by the end of the eighth and increased their lead by six runs in the ninth, dominating the Freedom 15-3.
The Sanford River Rats scored 15 runs on 15 hits against the College Park Freedom's three runs on 12 hits. The final score was 15-3.
The Freedom will face the River Rats for the third and final game of the series on Thursday June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium. For tickets and more information, visit www.floridaleague.com or call (321) 206-9174