Auburndale, Fla. - The Franklin College baseball team scored five runs in the final two innings, but could not hold onto a ninth-inning lead in losing 7-6 to Capital University at the RussMatt Classic at Auburndale, Florida on Monday.
Franklin (2-2) trailed 5-1 entering the eighth inning, but pushed three runs across in the top half of the inning.
Following a Capital pitching change, sophomore Drew Kammerer (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) drove in Pelley with a single to trim the deficit to 5-3. Junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) hit a two-out single to plate freshman Mitchell Sorrells (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County).
In the ninth inning, Hooten tied the game at 5-5 with a single that scored junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo). Pelley gave the Grizzlies a 6-5 lead with a run-scoring single with two outs in the frame.
Capital (2-1) answered with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the victory. Matt Carnahan tripled to score pinch-runner Jake Foley and tie the game. Then, Kirby Boehm hit a two-out single to score pinch-runner Jake Nelson to end the contest.
Franklin took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly from Frey in the third inning. Capital scored two runs in the sixth and added three more runs in the seventh inning to hold a 5-1 lead.
Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic), Brock, Kammerer and Pelley each had two hits to lead the 11-hit offensive attack.
Sophomore Justin Brown (Jimtown, Ind./Jimtown) struck out five batters and allowed two runs in a no-decision in 5.1 innings.
Capital's Ryan Pearson had three hits and drove in two runs, while Nate Campbell and Andy Grillo each had multiple-hit efforts.
Franklin concludes the season-opening Florida trip against the University of Concordia (Minn.) on Tuesday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m.