PENSACOLA, Fla. (February 8, 2020) - After being blanked on Friday night, the Rollins Tars returned the favor, tossing their second shutout of the year against West Florida on Saturday afternoon.
It was a pitcher's duel between Drew Daczkowski of Rollins and Hunter Lucas of West Florida. Lucas only made two mistakes on the day, but they both proved to be costly. In the top of the second inning, Jake Rolly took Lucas deep to left to give the Tars a 1-0 lead. They bolstered their lead in the fifth inning thanks to some small ball. Parker Smith led off with a walk, and moved to second on a sac bunt from Andres Antonini. Smith then moved to third on a groundout from Cody Oerther. Leadoff man Devon Ortiz came through with two outs, dropping a perfect bunt for a single that scored Smith, giving Rollins a 2-0 advantage.
Two runs was more than enough for Daczkowski who was absolutely locked in. The senior righty went six innings in this one, allowing only two hits and a walk. He retired the first ten batters he faced, and did not allow a runner past second. For the second straight start, Daczkowski struck out seven, putting his team lead at 14 on the year.
Steven Swift spotted Daczkowski in the seventh and eighth innings. After tossing a perfect seventh, Swift ran into trouble when a hit, error, and sac bunt put a runner on third in the eighth inning with two outs. The sophomore transfer was able to buckle down and get the dangerous Matthew Estrada to pop out to second base to end the threat. Kyle Kramer was then called on to finish the game in the ninth. He also faced a dangerous situation with two runners on, but ended the game with a flyout to center for his second save of the season.
Rolly was the offensive star in a game that saw only nine combined hits. The senior was 2-4 with a run and RBI. Ortiz went 1-4, and has at least one knock in all five games played this year.
The rubber match between these two teams will be on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. Carson Hauben will take the bump for Rollins, while West Florida will counter with Daniel Floyd. Fans can watch the game live here.