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Maria Carrillo appeared down and out against a Windsor pitching staff that shut it out the game prior, but its bats came alive at just the right time.
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the No. 24 Maria Carrillo Pumas (12-3) scored three runs in the frame to give themselves a 4-2 victory over the Windsor Jaguars (10-4) on Friday afternoon in their series finale.
Windsor would get an opportunity early on to score more a few runs, but Carson Kent – much like Maria Carrillo’s pitching staff has done all year – got a flyout and then had a runner caught stealing at second in the top of the first inning after runners reached the corners.
The following inning, Windsor got a runner to second on Elijah Hackathorn’s leadoff double, but there was Kent again, retiring the next three batters on a fielder’s choice, flyout and offensive interference.
Windsor got some damage in the third inning, as Joseph Soltanizadeh doubled to begin the inning and later scored on a sac-fly from Gary Hall, who drove in the team’s first run after singling in his previous at-bat, putting Windsor ahead 1-0 on the road.
But Maria Carrillo answered in the bottom half of the inning, as Garrett Edy singled and later scored on Kent’s triple, tying it at 1-1. Kent at that point was shining on the mound and had a single and triple at the plate.
Carson Ramocinski brought home Windsor’s final run on an RBI single in the fifth, handing the Jaguars a 2-1 lead.
Yet, there was Maria Carrillo coming back again just one inning later in the sixth, as it continued its fantastic spring.
Austin Ehrlicher doubled home Gabe Henschel after he reached on a hit by pitch and stole second, making it a 2-2 game. Kent would give Maria Carrillo the lead on a fielder’s choice.
One more Maria Carrillo run was plated on Jason Dalby’s sacrifice fly.
Kent and Maria Carrillo’s pitching staff have been sensational all year. Kent allowed just two runs in a complete game, also striking out three batters and surrendering five hits, and the outing brought his ERA to 0.85.
Maria Carrillo has allowed only 16 total runs in 15 games and boasts a 0.92 team ERA.
Additionally, Kent was a force at the plate, recording a team-high two RBIs.
Hackathorn and Soltanizadeh each doubled for Windsor.
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