ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 19, 2017) – Rollins and Eckerd split their Sunday double-header, giving the Tritons the 2-1 series victory. The Tars dominated game one 13-2, but fell in game two 5-2. Rollins moves to 22-13 on the year and 5-4 in Sunshine State Conference action. Eckerd now sits at 13-19 overall, and 2-7 in SSC play.
The Tars put up runs in the final four innings of game one, including putting up five in fifth and four in the seventh. Rollins struggled to get the bats going again in game two, only managing two runs on six hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· After three scoreless frames, the Tars got on the board first in the fourth. Pitcher Grace Street helped her own cause, blasting a homerun to right field.
· The long ball accounted for five more Rollins runs in the fifth inning. Brianne Lint lifted a three run shot, scoring Sarah Harrison and Rachel Minier. Two batters later Kacie Booth sent the ball over the fence, driving in Street.
· Eckerd sent their first runner across the plate in the bottom of the fifth, but Rollins would pull away again with a trio of scores in the top of the sixth. Hali Marshall came home on a wild pitch. Lint then tallied her fourth RBI, driving in Hailee Keisling with an RBI single. Booth walked with the bases loaded to send the final run of the frame across the plate.
· Eckerd scored once in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 9-2 and extending the contest for another inning.
· Rollins put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh, scoring four times. Chelsea Reed came up with three runners on and hit a bases clearing double, she then scored on a Lint groundout.
· Street retired the Tritons in order in the bottom of the seventh, closing out the Rollins victory.
· The Tritons took the lead in the third inning, manufacturing a pair of runs, scoring on two sacrifice hits.
· Rollins pulled a run back in the fourth, capitalizing on a one out Grace Street double. The sophomore came home after Sarah Harrison reached on an Eckerd error.
· Chelsea Armstrong extended the Triton lead with a three run homerun in the fifth, making the score 5-1.
· Rollins sent a one runner home in the sixth, Amanda Guglietta doubling home Kacie Booth, but 5-2 was as close as Rollins could come, stranding two runners in the top of the seventh.
· Brianne Lint (DP) – 2-5, HR, 5 RBI, 1 Run
· Kaylin Kramer (2B) – 1-1, HR, Run, RBI
· Grace Street – W, CG, 2 Runs, 1 Earned Run
· Grace Willeck – L, 5.1 IP, 9 Runs, 8 Earned Runs, 1 SO
· Chelsea Reed moved one run away from seventh on the Rollins all-time list, sitting with 117 currently; the centerfielder is one hit away from a tie for eighth all-time, with 178 to his point in her career.
· Rachel Minier retained her team lead, slapping her eighth double of the campaign.
· The Tars remain first in the SSC in both double plays and homeruns, tallying 20 of each in 2017.
· Brianne Lint’s game one homerun was her fifth of the year, tying her for the conference lead.
· With five game one RBI, Lint climbed the conference rankings, and now sits second behind her teammate Reed, who leads with 31 after three in today’s action.
· Michelle Frew is now 764-314-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars continue SSC action with a three game series against Florida Tech next weekend. Game one is scheduled for Friday, March 24, first pitch is set for 6 p.m.