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14th Ranked Tars Use Long Ball to Secure SSC Series Sweep
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 04/14/2012
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WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 14, 2012) - Behind a total of 11 extra base hits, including two homers from senior Krista Rodden, The 14th ranked Tars lit up the scoreboard with scores of 11-0 and 10-2 respectively to sweep Saturday afternoon's double header vs. the visiting Saint Leo Lions.

It didn't take long for the hit parade to begin as the Tars opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning of game one on an RBI double by Rodden.

Senior Monica Meadows reached on a fielder's choice to bring Rodden to the plate with two outs. The senior from Mobile, Ala. then ripped a double to center to score Meadows for the game's first run.

Rollins would add one more to their lead in the second courtesy of an RBI single down the right field light off the bat of Hilary Brown that scored game one starter Amye McIntyre.

The flood gates then opened in the third as the Tars platted seven on eight hits, including homers by both Rodden and Meadows, bringing a total of 11 batters to the plate.

After another scoreless inning turned in by McIntyre in Saint Leo's half of the fourth, Rollins would then add two more for good measure, on a two run home run from Brown, to push the lead to 11-0.

McIntyre (11-4) sat the Lions down in order in the fifth to secure the win in a run rule. The San Diego, Calif. native went five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits in route to her seventh shutout of the year.

Kristen Kelly (4-8) was credited with the loss, giving up nine runs on 13 hits in a little over two innings of work.

Rodden went 3-3 in game one with two RBI to go along with a run scored.

It was Saint Leo who jumped out to the early lead in game two as Emily Holman homered in the top of the second, scoring Kaitlynn Diaz, to give the Lions their first lead of the series.

The lead was short lived however as Rollins would answer with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, with seniors Meredith Foster and Lawna Hunter as well as junior Aimee Halpin all recording RBI's in the inning.

The Tars would then add three more in the third, including Rodden's second solo shot of the day, two in the fourth, and two more runs in the fifth to end the game in a run rule, 10-2, to pick up the SSC series sweep.

Senior Hope Bitzer (18-3) picked up the win in game two, going five innings while giving up two runs on just two hits.

Seven Tars registered multi-hit games in game two, highlighted by Rodden's 3-4 effort which included three RBI and one run scored.

With the sweep, Rollins extends their record to 34-7 on the year, with a 15-3 mark in conference play to sit them alone in second place behind Tampa, percentage points ahead of Barry who sits in third.

Rollins will be back in action Tuesday, April 17th when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to take on the Panthers of Florida Tech Game one is set for Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm with a double header to follow on Wednesday at 1 pm. Fans can follow along with all the action on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.


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