WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 28, 2012) - Both senior Hope Bitzer and sophomore Amye McIntyre turned in one-hitters Wednesday evening, picking up a pair of shutout victories against the Mustangs of Mount Mercy University with scores of 3-0 and 8-0 respectively.
After a scoreless first inning from both schools in game one, the Tars opened the scoring with a two run second to take an early lead. After a Bitzer single to lead off the inning, senior Lawna Hunter ripped a double to the fence in left center to put runners on second and third with nobody out.
Senior Meredith Foster then delivered with a two RBI single to left to plate Bitzer and Hunter for her 25th and 26th RBI's of the season.
Rollins added a third run in the bottom of the 3rd courtesy of a Krista Rodden long ball to push the lead to three.
Bitzer (14-3) coasted the rest of the way to earn her team leading 14th victory of season, as she didn't allow a Mustang base runner past first base all game long. The Longwood, Fla. native went seven innings and gave up just one hit while striking out 13.
The Tars once again jumped out to an early lead in game two and never looked back. After junior Aimee Halpin reached on an infield single to lead off the first, she would eventually come around to score on a RBI double by Rodden to give Rollins to 1-0 lead after one.
After McIntyre struck out the side in the top of the second, Rollins tallied three more runs thanks to a three run inside-the-park home run by Halpin. Halpin sent a low sinking line drive towards left that landed just out of the reach of a lunging Emily Hickey that rolled all the way to the fence, allowing the fleet of foot Halpin to cruise around the bases and score standing.
Already up 4-0, the Tars added two runs in the 5th on a Hunter two RBI single and another two in the 6th on a RBI triple by Halpin and a RBI infield single by senior Monica Meadows to end the game in a run rule, 8-0, in six innings.
McIntyre (8-3) earned the victory in game two, going six innings while giving up no runs on one hit.
The Tars will be back in action Friday, Mar. 30 when they welcome Eckerd College to Winter Park for game one of a three game set. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 pm with a double header to follow on Saturday at 1 pm. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.