WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 14, 2017) – Rollins split their double-header with the Kutztown Golden Bears, each team taking one low scoring contest. Rollins moves to 20-10 on the year while Kutztown, who received votes in the latest NFCA National Poll, move to 10-6.
The Tars walked-off in game one, marking the third time this season the Tars have won in their final at bat. Hailee Keisling got to be the hero, slapping an RBI single up the middle to give Rollins a 2-1 victory. Kutztown responded in game two with timely hitting of their own, sending a run across in the top of the seventh, and holding on the earn the split.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead, manufacturing a run in the top of the second inning.
· Kutztown threatened to extend their lead in the seventh, getting runners on second and third with two outs. However, Sarah Piening found an out, like she had all contest, getting Tamara Jennings to groundout to third base.
· Held scoreless until the seventh the Tars found themselves down to their last at bat. Rachel Minier started the inning off with a bunt single. Kacie Booth then laid down a bunt, which Kutztown catcher Gabby Tareila fielded, but her throw went array, allowing Minier to score and Booth to end up on third base. After two quick outs senior Hailee Keisling came to the plate. The first baseman logged her 197th career hit with a walk-off single up the middle, giving the Tars the 2-1 victory.
· Again Kutztown got out to an early lead Cheyenne Jones double to right center set up Gabby Tareila to hit an RBI single down the right field line, giving the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.
· The Tars answered back in the third, when freshman Amanda Guglietta tallied her second career RBI on a two out single to right field, scoring Rachel Minier.
· The Tars took the lead in the fourth when Hailee Keisling tallied hit number 199 with an RBI single down the left field line, scoring fellow senior Chelsea Reed.
· The Bears replied with an equalizer in the top of the fifth on a two out single by first baseman Bridget Newman.
· Kutztown took the lead for good in the top of the seventh, scoring on a two out single by Gia Santigate.
· The Tars left seven runners on base and struggled at the plate with runners in scoring position, most notably leaving the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
· Hailee Keisling (1B) – 1-3, 1 RBI, SB
· Cheyenne Jones (SS) – 2-3, 2B
· Sarah Piening – W, CG, 7 Hits, 1 Run, 1 SO
· Bridget Newman – L, CG, 4 Hits, 2 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 5 SO
· Chelsea Reed moved into a tie for eighth in all-time runs scored, with 113, she passed assistant coach Brittany Johnson to move into 10th on the all-time hit list with 171, and she stole her 44th career base, moving her into a tie for seventh most in Tars’ history.
· Hailee Keisling tallied three hits to move her to 199, one away from being only the fifth Tar ever to reach 200; she also tallied one double, tying her for sixth on the all-time list.
· With her game one win Sarah Piening moves into a three-way tie for the most wins in the Sunshine State Conference.
· Sarah Harrison’s 17 stolen bases place her third in the SSC in the category.
· Piening, who leads the SSC with 51 walks, has calmed down in recent games, allowing only two free passes in her last four appearances.
· With 15 games complete on this 17 game home stand the Tars have compiled a 13-2 record.
· Michelle Frew is 762-311-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
Rollins concludes their home stand with a visit from No. 25 Southern New Hampshire. The Penmen and the Tars are scheduled for double-header action, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, with first pitch set for 6 p.m.