OCALA, Florida - The #4 Raiders (49-13) dropped both games to #9 St. Petersburg College (25-23) 4-3 and 1-0 on Thursday night in Clearwater. Both teams finished up regular season play and will be playing in the FCSAA Region 8 State Tournament next week in Longwood. The Raiders just could not get any offense going all night.
SSC left 11 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the second, when St. Pete walked a run in with the bases loaded. The Titans tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd when a misplayed ball with 2 outs allowed a run to score. But the big blow came in the 5th inning for the Raiders. After a single and an error by the defense, the Titans took the lead on a single to right. They scored another run on a sacrifice fly and plated their 4th run on a 2 out single up the middle to take a 4-1 lead. SSC cut the lead to 4-2 in the 6th. Meghan Sexton hit a 2 out double and came home on a single by pinch hitter Gabby Ekberg. The Raiders put together a rally in the 7th, but left runners at second and third.
Kyra Gipson (23-7) took the loss. She pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits. Gabi LoPresti pitched the 6th, giving up 0 runs on 3 hits.
The offense was led by Sexton ( 2-3, 2B, RBI), Haley Hinz ( 2-3) and Gipson ( 2-3, 2B, RBI).
The same story played out in game 2, as the Raiders were limited to only 4 hits in the game. The lone run by both teams scored in the bottom of the second. After 2 quick outs, the Titans strung together 3 singles and going up 1-0. Twice in the late innings, SSC had a runner at 3B with only 1 out, but could never get a clutch hit. Kasey Trickey was 2-3, while Chelsea Peace hit a triple and Kelsi Smith a single to have the only hits of the game.
Tatiana Rodriguez (4-2) took the loss. She gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 4 innings of work. Kiana East pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 3 hits.
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- The 2018 team is 49-13 and has won 102 games over the previous two seasons
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About the Seminole State Raiders:
The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State currently sponsors five sports all members of the NJCAA. Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Kurt Esser is the current Athletic Director.
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