WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 3, 2017) – The Tars started slow, going down three runs after the top of the first inning, but responded to gather a big Sunshine State Conference victory in the opener of their three game series against Florida Southern. With the win Rollins improves to 10-8 on the season, and 2-2 in SSC action. The Mocs fall to 8-6, and 4-3 in conference play.
Rollins got big nights from senior Chelsea Reed and freshman Sarah Piening. Reed registered her first multi-homerun game as a Tar, while Piening stymied the Mocs, giving up just four hits and one run in 7.0 innings of work.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Florida Southern started the game with back-to-back-to-back doubles to chase the Rollins starter Grace Street. Sarah Piening entered the circle and got the Tars out of the frame, but not before the Mocs put three runs on the board. The inning could have been even bigger but Desirae Klumpp grounded out to second with the bases loaded to end the frame.
· Rollins responded with a three spot of their own in the bottom of the first. The two out rally started with a Kacie Booth single which was followed by a Brianne Lint walk. Chelsea Reed then came to the plate and blasted her first homerun of the night to even the score at 3-3.
· Reed sparked the Tars again in the bottom of the third, hitting a one out double. She then came around on a wild pitch to give the Tars a 4-3 lead.
· The Mocs evened the score in the top of the fifth. Florida Southern loaded the bases with no outs, but some heads up defense by the Tars, including the shortstop Booth throwing out a runner headed home after a slow ground ball, kept the Mocs to just one run, with a pair left on base.
· The Tars exploded in the bottom of the sixth. Hailee Keisling doubled down the right field line to start off the frame. Sarah Harrison walked, and both runners advanced with some heads-up base running, tagging on a foul out. Keisling scored on a passed ball, and Lint laid down a bunt single to bring home Harrison. Reed then came up a soared a ball over the left field fence to expand the Tars’ lead to 8-4.
· Piening secured the victory with a one, two, three seventh inning, including striking out the final two batters.
· Chelsea Reed (CF) – 3-3, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 Run
· Leah Pemberton (2B) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
· Sarah Piening – W, 7.0 IP, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 3 SO
· Kristen Beacham – L, 2.0 IP, 3 Hits, 4 Runs
· Chelsea Reed’s big night was highlighted by her first multi-homerun game as a Tar, her 100th career RBI, and her 102nd run scored.
· Rollins is now 12-1 in their last 13 contests against Florida Southern, including six in a row.
· Sarah Harrison extended her hitting streak to 12 games.
· Tayler Holt made a diving catch and tossed the ball to first to double up a runner in the top of the sixth inning. The double play was the Tars’ conference leading 10th of the season.
· Head Coach Michelle Frew is now 752-309-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars and the Mocs conclude their series with a double header tomorrow. First pitch has been scheduled for 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.