DECATUR, Ala. (February 18, 2012) - After dropping both games Friday on day one of the 2012 Charger Chillout, the 11th ranked Tars used late game heroics to steal both games Saturday. Rollins took game one 6-5 in an extra-inning game against Georgia College and State University and squeaked by a scrappy Augusta State team 7-6 in game two.
Day two started slow for the Tars as they squared off against the Bobcats of Georgia College. With the game time bumped up due to weather concerns, first pitch came at 8:30am.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the top half of the first on an RBI double from first baseman Kelsea Martin that scored leadoff batter Whitney Okvist. Okvist had singled to open the game after beating out a slow roller to third baseman Hilary Brown.
After being held scoreless the bottom of the first, the Tars got on the board in the second. Second baseman Krista Rodden opened the inning with a walk and Lawna Hunter then reached on an error by Martin as she couldn't handle the sacrifice bunt attempt putting runners on first and second with nobody out. After a double steal that advanced Rodden to third and put Hunter on second, right fielder Meredith Foster doubled to deep center, driving in Rodden and Hunter.
Not done yet, Rollins would load the bases bringing up sophomore Veronica Alred with one out. Alred then ripped a double to the left centerfield gap scoring Hannah Lovestrand and Tara Turner extending the Tars' lead to 4-1.
Georgia College would answer with three runs of their own in the top of the third with two coming after three singles to open the inning and sloppy play by the Tars allowing a third run to cross the plate to tie the score at 4-4.
The Bobcats would regain the lead in the fifth after second baseman Frankie Wall scored on a wild pitch by Tars pitcher Amye McIntyre after Wall had singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on another Tars error.
Rollins would again tie it in the sixth after the Tars would put runners on the corners with two outs. With Alred on third and senior Monica Meadows on first, Coach Frew would dial up a double steal that worked to perfection as Bobcats could not execute allowing Alred to score to tie things up at 5-5.
After a scoreless seventh by both teams, the game went to extras. Tournament rules called for extra innings to use "Texas Tiebreaker" format where the batter that made the last out in the previous inning started the next inning on second base.
McIntyre held the Bobcats scoreless in the top of the eight bringing the Tars to bat with Alred starting on second. Meadows led off with a single to right center advancing Alred to third. Georgia College then elected to intentionally walk Hope Bitzer loading the bases. Alred would then score on a wild pitch to Hunter to end the game giving the Tars the win 6-5.
McIntyre was credited with her third win of the year working five innings in relief scattering four hits while giving up just one run, zero earned. Meadows and Foster both had three hits for Rollins.
In game two, the Tars took on the Jaguars of Augusta State. Rollins wasted no time landing the first punch scoring one in the first on an RBI single from Bitzer scoring Alred after Alred had reached on a walk earlier in the inning.
Augusta State answered with a run of their own in their half of the first as shortstop Kacee Camp scored on a squeeze bunt from Hannah Vaughn to tie the score at 1-1.
Rollins added another in the third on an RBI double from junior Aimee Halpin scoring Lovestrand to regain the lead, 2-1
The Jaguars poured it on in the bottom half of the inning scoring five runs, three of them unearned, due to three extra base hits, highlighted by a Camp solo shot to left, and more sloppy play from the Tars giving Augusta State the lead at 6-2.
The Tars fired right back in the fourth when Hilary Brown, who is usually known for her glove, blasted a three run homerun over the left field fence scoring Turner and Foster to bring Rollins back within one at 6-5.
Both teams were held scoreless until Rollins came to bat in the seventh. Meadows led off the inning lacing a double to opposite field followed by a walk by Bitzer bringing up the senior Hunter with runners on first and second with nobody out. Hunter ripped a triple to the wall in right center on the first pitch from Jaguars pitcher Emily Headrick scoring both Meadows and Bitzer to give the Tars the lead 7-6.
Freshman Taylor McGowan (2-0) shut down Augusta State in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win for Rollins. McGowan pitched just over three innings in relief for the win giving up no runs on just one hit. Headrick (1-1) took the loss for Jaguars going six innings giving up seven runs on nine hits.
With day three of the Charger Chillout already canceled due to the weather, Rollins will be back in action Wednesday, February 22nd at home in a double header against Kentucky State with first pitch slated for 6:00pm. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.