WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 13, 2012) - In what was supposed to be a battle of SSC opponents 14th ranked Rollins and visiting Saint Leo, the real contest Friday night was the fight for headlines between Tars' seniors Hope Bitzer and Monica Meadows. Bitzer tossed her third no-hitter of the season and Meadows homered twice and drove in five in a 9-0 Rollins win in five innings.
After Bitzer retired the Lions in order in the top of the first, the Tars went right to work in the bottom of the inning, scoring three, all coming on Meadows' first long ball of the night.
Junior Aimee Halpin led off the inning with a walk and then sophomore Veronica Alred reached on an error as second baseman Torrie Weindorf couldn't handle the throw after Alred laid down the sacrifice bunt attempt. That brought up Meadows with two on and nobody out.
Meadows drove the Megan Still offering well over the scoreboard in left center to score Halpin and Alred to open the scoring for Rollins.
After Saint Leo went down 1-2-3 again in the second, Rollins exploded for six more runs, two coming on Meadows second home run of the night, on six hits, bringing a total of 10 batters to the plate.
Along with Meadows, four other Tars recorded an RBI in the inning. Bitzer tripled to drive in Krista Rodden after Rodden almost followed the Meadows home run with one of her own, doubling off the top of the fence in left.
Bitzer would then come in to score immediately after on a double just inside the base at third by senior Lawna Hunter. Hunter would then come around to score the final run of the inning on a sac fly off the bat of sophomore Hilary Brown.
The nine run cushion would prove to be more than enough for Bitzer (17-3) as she coasted the rest of the way, giving up no hits and only surrending two Lions baserunners to earn her third no-hitter of the year, fourth in a Rollins uniform.
Still (7-18) suffered the loss for Saint Leo, giving up nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits in just 1.1 innings of work.
The Tars will finish up the three game series with the Lions in a double header Saturday afternoon with game one scheduled for 1 pm. Fans can follow along on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.