WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 21, 2012) - The Rollins baseball team fell 6-5to the Florida Tech Panthers Saturday afternoon after game time was changed due to probable storms in the area. The series becomes the second straight that the Tars drop this season.
Once again, both teams combined for 24 hits with Rollins (23-16, 6-9 SSC) chalking up 14 but committed four defensive miscues on the field. Rollins began the day with back-to-back errors that allowed for runners to reach base and one run to score.
All nine of the Tars' starting lineup notched at least one hit with five managing two hits off the Panthers pitching staff. Starting pitcher Mike Howard was saved of a decision in the loss as it was right handed reliever Garrett Yount (2-2) that was charged with the loss. Yount worked 3.0 innings, striking out one and issuing two walks. He surrendered three hits and two runs.
Picking up the win for Florida Tech (26-19, 11-9 SSC) was starter Cody Lewis who went 6.0 innings and struck out five Rollins batters. He scattered 10 hits and allowed four runs while James Mannara picked up his fifth save of the season and second against Rollins. Mannara fanned three in 1.2 innings of action and allowed just one hit.
FIT was off to a quick start scoring one run in the opening frame and holding Rollins scoreless through three innings. The Panthers added three runs in the top of the fourth to extend their lead to 4-0 but Rollins answered back in the home half with one run of their own.
The Tars then evened the score at four runs apiece in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs. Josh Band and Nick Adams began the inning with back-to-back hits and then came around to score on a bases clearing double by Brian Lattanzi. Lattanzi then scored the final run of the inning on a Mager fielder's choice.
Florida Tech then took a two-run lead in the following stanza that completed the scoring for the Panthers.
Rollins was able to cut the deficit in half with a lone run in the eighth on a solo shot over the left center wall by Greg Smith. In the Tars' final chance to tie the ball game, close Mannara struck out the side retiring Lattanzi, Zach Persky and Mager.
Rollins will take a break from Sunshine State Conference action as they hit the road to Boston, Mass. for a 3 p.m. contest on Monday, April 23 against the Stonehill Skyhawks on the campus of Bentley University. For more information on the Tars' trip to Boston, check out the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.