Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (May 12, 2012) - Freshman Brett Mueller got his second start against Nova Southeastern and kept the Sharks at bay but a four-run eighth inning propelled NSU past the Tars for a 6-3 loss at the NSU Baseball Complex Saturday afternoon.
Mueller went 5.2 innings and struck out a career-high seven, allowing two runs on six hits while issuing three walks to keep the Tars ahead 3-2. It was reliever Garrett Yount who allowed four runs in 2.0 innings of work that gave the Sharks the come-from-behind win.
Yount came in to pitch in relief in the bottom of the sixth and gave up one hit but recorded the final out to retire the inning. The right-hander was then able to go 1-2-3 in the seventh but struggled on the mound in his following inning of action. Back-to-back hits and a throwing error but the wheels in motion for NSU that allowed the first run of the inning. A grounder to second and a pair of hits allowed for the next three runs to score. The 6-8 pitcher was charged with the loss, his third.
NSU's Patrick Kulick picked up the win in 1.2 innings of work as he issued only one walk. Closer Zachary Westcott earned his first save of the season in 1.0 inning of action. Westcott scattered two hits.
Giving Rollins a 2-0 lead in the top of the second was Nick Adams as he drove in Steve Betcherman and Hunter Mayfield on a two-RBI single. Mayfield led off the inning on a base hit, stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Betcherman was the first walk of the inning and then moved to second on the wild pitch.
The Sharks answered back in the home half of the second with one run and tied the score in the following frame. Rollins then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth as Brian Lattanzi scored on a RBI single from Kevin Mager.
Nova Southeastern outhit Rollins 10-8 while the Tars committed two defensive miscues to the Sharks none.
Mager led the Tars at the plate with three hits, along with a stolen base and an RBI. Adams chipped in with two hits and two RBI.
Rollins concludes the 2012 season with an overall record of 28-22 and a 9-15 Sunshine State Conference mark.