Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – It wasn’t the glamorous first-start that all freshmen dream of, but lefty Austin Pollock got the job done Sunday afternoon. The Tallahassee native got through a rocky first two innings and a 1:18 rain delay to pick up his first collegiate win in a 9-4 victory against Troy University.
The trouble came quick for Pollock. On the very first pitch of the afternoon, Matt Sanders hit a ball into right field for a double. After the next batter reached on an error, Pollock turned around to pick off Sanders at second base for the first out. One more batter reached on another error before Brody Binder grounded into a double play.
The second inning is where all of Troy’s damage against Pollock was done. After getting two straight strikeouts, he allowed a solo home run to Cole Prestergard to give Troy a 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles’ offense helped Pollock out, putting up five runs in the bottom on the 2nd.
After the 2nd inning, the steady rain turned into a downpour, and sent the game into a rain delay that lasted an hour and 18 minutes. During that period, coach Mike Martin said that Pollock kept loose and threw two or three different times during the delay.
Pollock was hot coming out of the delay. He retired 8 of 9 batters he faced from the 3rd through the 5th inning. In the 6th, he allowed a walk and a single, but got out of the inning unscathed.
Coach Martin was impressed with Pollock’s resiliency after his early struggles.
“He had a couple of opportunities to feel sorry for himself and fold the tent. He kept battling,” Martin said.
Pollock, who entered the pitching rotation after junior ace Tyler Holton went down with a season-ending injury, pitched in relief last weekend, where he allowed no runs on 3 hits in 4 innings in his first ever appearance for the Seminoles.
The Lincoln High School graduate said he was confident coming into today’s outing.
“I feel like I got all of my nerves out last game,” Pollock said. “Just because the stage is a little bigger, you’re still playing baseball.”
Pollock said he’s been coming to watch FSU games since he was a kid, and was excited for the opportunity to pitch in front of his hometown crowd.
“It was definitely a dream come true,” Pollock said. “It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
As of right now, he is slated to start next Sunday against UNC-Asheville.
Pollock’s final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB.