WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 23, 2012) - The Rollins baseball team opened up its 2012 Sunshine State Conference slate against the 15th-ranked Fighting Knights and fell 11-2 Friday night at Alfond Stadium.
The Tars snap a four-game win streak and fall to 17-7 on the season and begin conference play with a 0-1 mark. No. 15 Lynn improves to 19-7 overall and 3-1 in the SSC.
Rollins scored its only two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Langley hit a lead-off double. He then came around on a Curson pinch-hit double. Curson then scored the Tars' final run on a two-out Reilly RBI single.
Lynn got on the board early plating three unearned runs in the top of the second. The Fighting Knights then added another run in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. LU starter Shawn Kale had a no-no going through six before Nick Adams laced a ball straight up the middle with two outs. Kale earned the win in 7.2 innings of work while striking out seven Rollins batters, allowing three walks.
The Fighting Knights added lone runs in the fifth and seventh innings before putting up a five-spot in the top of the ninth. Southpaw Ben Blanton gave up a grand slam after coming into relief for Adam Ogburn.
Rollins starter Taylor Smith (3-1) was charged with the loss going 7.0 innings and allowing six runs (two earned) on eight hits. He also struck out one and issued one walk.
The Tars wrap up the weekend series against Lynn on Saturday, March 24 with game one beginning at 1 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.