Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (May 11, 2012) - After the skies opened up on Thursday afternoon to halt the Tars' final doubleheader conference series of the season, Rollins continued with play on Friday and split the double dip with the Nova Southeastern Sharks falling 6-3 in game one and taking game two by a score of 8-5 at the NSU Baseball Complex.
Freshman Brett Mueller got the start for the Tars and went 2.0 innings to receive the no-decision. It was senior right-hander Mike Herrmann (4-5) who was saddled with the loss giving up two runs on one hit while issuing six walks and striking out one. Herrmann entered the game with Rollins up 2-1 in the bottom of the third.
NSU starter Zachary Westcott pitched 2.1 and also received the no-decision for the Sharks. Vinnie Contaldi came in to pitch in relief and earned the win in 6.2 innings. Contaldi allowed one run on five hits and struck out four while walking three.
Westcott's only run of the game came in the ninth as Rollins scored their only other run on a groundout by Smith. Hunter Mayfield scored the Tars' final run after lacing a ball through the left side and then advancing to third on a ball up the middle by Curson.
Curson led the Tars at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with one run while Smith was 1-for-4 with one run, a home run and three RBI.
Despite a slow start in game two, Rollins was able to bounce back for an 8-5 victory. A three-run fifth inning propelled Rollins past NSU, 5-3.
The Sharks slowly chipped away at the Tars' lead as they scored back-to-back runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the game into extra-innings with the score tied at 5-all.
In the top of the eighth, Rollins plated three runs on four hits to take an 8-5 lead and the eventual win. After Brian Lattanzi flew out to center, Kevin Mager got things started for Rollins with a one-out single to right. Sean Reilly followed with a base hit to left that placed Mager on second. Mayfield recorded the second out of the inning, but did not deter the Tars' momentum. A wild pitch from Mauricio Rodriguez put Reilly and Mager in scoring position while an intentional walk to Curson loaded the bases. Steve Betcherman then hit a ball up the middle to score Mager and Reilly. Curson scored the final run of the inning on a ball to right center from Brett Flutie.
Right-hander Garrett Yount (3-2) picked up the win for Rollins in 1.2 innings of work while Mauricio Rodriguez took the loss for the Sharks in 1.0 inning of work. Yount recorded one strikeout in his third win of the season.
Rollins will wrap up the 2012 regular season Saturday, May 12 against the Nova Southeastern Sharks in the rubber match. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.