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Baseball Drops Series to Barry in Rubber Match
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 04/14/2012
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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (April 14, 2012) - After suffering a one-run heartbreaker to Barry the night before, Rollins returned to Fienbloom Field Saturday and took the first contest of the day in extra innings, 5-3, but fell 7-6 in the rubber match.  Rollins falls to 22-14 on the season and 5-7 in the SSC while Barry improves to 17-19 overall and 10-8 in conference play.

Rollins was able to take game one of the doubleheader in extra innings after Barry tied the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out solo home run by Tim Blackmon.

The Tars took the early lead in the top of the fourth as Zach Persky scored on a RBI double by Sean Reilly.  The short-lived lead was taken back in the bottom of the sixth as the Buccaneers scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead.

Barry registered their first hit of the game in the sixth as Bryant Elliott belted a stand-up double to center.  He then scored the Bucs' first run on a RBI double by James Young.  Adrian English scored Barry's second run on a knock to left by Lyndon Coleman.

Rollins regained their lead in the top of the eighth as they were able to plate a pair of runs.  Brian Lattanzi led off the eighth reaching first on a misfielded ball by the Bucs' first baseman.  Persky then hit a double down the left field line to put runners on the corners.  Lattanzi then scored on a Kevin Mager fielder's choice.  Persky then followed with the leading run on a double-play ball that drove him in from third.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs on the board, Barry tied the game to head into extras.  Rollins tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the 10th as pinch-runner Mark Mazur and Persky gave the Tars a 5-3 lead.  The Tars then made quick work of their opponent as reliever Jack Murray faced four batters to pick up his first save of the season. 

Tars starter Anthony Figliolia went 9.0 innings to earn his sixth victory of the season as he struck out a season-high six but issued four walks and allowed three runs on five hits.  Murray earned the save in 1.0 inning of work, striking out one.

Zach Persky was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle with a single, double and triple, to go along with three runs scored and an RBI.  Reilly had two hits for the Tars while Nick Adams and Mager had the remaining two hits.

In game two, Rollins trailed early on scoring a single run in the opening frame and another three in the second.  Barry took the early lead scoring all seven runs in the first two innings.  The Buccaneers scored four runs on three costly Rollins errors.  Barry then scored another three runs on four hits in the second inning. 

Rollins was able to chip away at the lead as they held the Bucs scoreless in the final four innings of play.  The Tars tacked on a run in the fifth as Zach Persky crossed the plate on a Sean Reilly RBI double.  Rollins then tacked on another run in the seventh as Kevin Mager scored on a ball through the right side with one out on the board.  Rollins had runners on first and second before Barry closer T.J. Mullins struck out Greg Smith and forced a grounder to short by Josh Band.

Mullins earned his seventh save of the season while starter Brad McAllister got the win in 5.0 innings of work, striking out two and allowing no walks and five runs (two earned).

Southpaw Brett Mueller was saddled with his first loss of the season as he was only able to work 1.0 inning on the bump as the allowed all seven Barry runs.

Nick Adams led the Tars with three hits with a double and a run while Persky added two more hits to his stats and a run scored.

Rollins returns to their home field as they host the Florida Tech Panthers on Friday, April 20.  First pitch is set for 6 p.m.  Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.


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