BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 1, 2017) – Rollins split a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader at Lynn Saturday, winning the opener 5-4 and dropping the series rubber match 11-8.

Peter Nicoletto smacked his seventh triple of the season in the third inning of game two and moved into a tie with legend John Castino for first place in program history with 18.

The senior enjoyed a monster day at the plate, going a combined 7-10 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Mike Dolan had a pair of hits in each of the two games.

Rollins runs its record to 18-10 overall and 3-6 in conference play while 20th-ranked Lynn improves to 22-11, 6-6 SSC.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One
•    The Fighting Knights struck first in the second inning, when Jake Rouse scored on a wild pitch by AJ Chacon giving Lynn a 1-0 lead
•    It was the Fighting Knights who would strike again with a solo home run to left field by Karl Ellison doubling their advantage to 2-0 in the fourth.
•    The Tars tied the score in the top of the fifth inning behind a Teddy Meissner ground out that drove home Mike Dolan. Peter Nicoletto then homered to right field on a solo shot.
•    The Fighting Knights were able to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Patrick Dorrian singled to right field, bringing in Jonathon Corbitt to score and make it 3-2.
•    Both teams exchanged runs in the sixth inning, but the Fighting Knights still led by a single run heading into the ninth.  
•    Rollins was able to complete the comeback victory, scoring two runs in the final inning. Meissner hit a single which brought Christian Julius home to score, and Nicoletto hit a double to right center for the winning run to score.
•    Joey Vecchione came on in the night and shut the Fighting Knights down, facing just three batters.

Game Two
•    Rollins fell behind early, in the bottom of the second inning Gabe Martinez singled to right field bringing in Jack rouse and then Miguel Ceballos hit a grand slam that saw the Tars quickly trail 5-0.
•    The Tars started to chip away at the Fighting Knights lead as Nick Breen grounded out and brought in Peter Nicoletto.
•    The Tars continued their run in the top of the fifth, when Brian Brooker doubled to right center, and Mike Purcell was able to score. Shortly after, Nick Santucci hit a single into right center bringing home Brian Brooker to score and closed the gap to 7-4.
•    The Fighting Knights were able to extend their lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Miguel Ceballos homered a three shot to left field
•    Rollins put up three runs in the top of the eighth inning, and one run in the top of the ninth, but its comeback efforts fell just short.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
Game One
Peter Nicoletto (RC): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Teddy Meissner (RC): 2-4, 2 RBI
AJ Chacon (RC): 5.1, 7 hits,3 ER, 5 K
Karl Ellison (LU): 2-4, 1 HR, RBI
Patrick Dorrian (LU): 2-4, RBI
Frank Grandinette (LU): 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 4 K

Game Two
Peter Nicoletto (RC): 4-5, 3 RBI
Nick Santucci (RC): 3-5, RBI
Whit Drennan (RC): 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 K
Miguel Ceballos (LU): 2-5, 1 HR, 7 RBI
Jonathan Elsdorfer (LU): 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K

NOTES:
•    Rollins still leads the all-time series vs. Lynn, 43-37-1
•    Rollins has split each of its three SSC doubleheaders this season.
•    Peter Nicoletto is now tied for the most triples in Rollins history, joining legend John Castino with 18.
•    Rollins had a season-best six doubles in game two.
•    At the end of the day Saturday, Rollins sits sixth in the Sunshine State Conference standings

NEXT:
Tars return to action with their second consecutive road trip, as they travel to Florida Southern for a three-game series conference matchup. The games are scheduled for Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. For the latest news, updates, and information on Rollins baseball, fans can visit RollinsSports.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.