OCALA, Florida - The Raiders (39-9. 11-4 MFC) were swept for only the second time this season, as they dropped both games 8-0 and 5-1 against the College of Central Florida (42-9, 15-2) on Thursday in Ocala. The Raiders were shut down offensively, as they only managed 5 hits on the day.
CF took an early 1-0 lead on a solo homerun of starter Kyra Gipson (18-5). They added another run in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th on a 2 run homerun. The game was run ruled in the bottom of the 5th inning. The defense committed a costly error with 1 out, which allowed the Patriots to load the bases. After a force at home for the second out, a deep flyball to leftcenter was dropped at the warning track and the Patriots scored 3 runs to end the game. The Patriots scored 6 of their 8 runs on 2 outs.
Gipson allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits. Gabi LoPresti gave up 2 runs on 1 hit in relief work. Meghan Sexton and Payton Germer were the only players to get hits in the game.
The Patriots again hit a homerun in the first inning to jump out to a 1-0 lead. They added 2 more runs in the 3rd on a 2 out double. All 3 of the runs came with 2 outs in each inning. The extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the 5th. The Raiders tried to mount a rally in the 7th inning but could only get 1 run across and left runners at second and third to end the game.
Kiana East (11-3) took the loss. She went 4.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits. Tatiana Rodriguez pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Chelsea Peace, Haley Hinz and Tati Rodriguez had the only hits for the Raiders.
Seminole State looks to regroup with a trip to Leesburg to take on Lake Sumter at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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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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