AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Franklin College baseball opened their week-long trip to Florida on Monday (Mar. 26) afternoon, taking on Keuka College in the first of four games this week in the Sunshine State.
The Grizzlies (12-1) got back on the winning track, using a late-game rally to earn an 11-6 win over the Wolves.
Sam Claycamp, Jarrod Smith, Brandt Pawley and Jackson Freed had three hits each with Claycamp driving in a team-high three runs. Frank Podkul and Drew Naumovich drove in a pair of runs each, as every Franklin starter recorded at least one hit on the afternoon.
Down by a pair after one-and-a-half innings, the Franklin bats came alive in the bottom of the second with a six-hit frame that led to five runs. Smith and Pawley brought the Grizzlies even with back-to-back RBI singles. With one out and the bags full later in the inning, Claycamp put Franklin on top with a two-run single. Nick Wright would add a run-scoring ground out later in the inning.
Keuka would respond with four unanswered runs to take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and two Grizzlies on, Naumovich ripped a triple into the right center field gap, scoring Freed and Claycamp and putting Franklin on top, 7-6.
One inning later, the Grizzlies would add four more insurance runs. After leading off the inning with a triple, Pawley came in to score on a wild pitch to make it an 8-6 game. Claycamp added to the lead with an RBI single later in the frame and scored later on Podkul's two-run single that capped the scoring
Junior Ben Sprinkle (2-0) was brilliant for the Grizzlies on the hill. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native worked five innings of six-hit ball, striking out one and allowing one unearned run in relief of starter Christian Sullivan. Sullivan worked four innings, giving up one earned run on six hits with six punch outs.
Franklin continues their Florida swing on Tuesday (Mar. 27), with a double-header scheduled against Union College (N.Y.). First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m.