WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 1, 2014) – On a cloudy, muggy day, the Rollins baseball team opened up the 2014 season with Peach Belt Conference foe Young Harris and split the day. The Tars took the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3, but were unable to make it two with an 8-3 loss in the nightcap Saturday.
Rollins was fierce in the first contest of the day as they were quick to put two runs on the board in the first inning. Returning for his final season, senior Zach Persky scored the Tars’ first run of the day as he stole home after second baseman Christian Coburn was plunked on the back at second. Coburn followed on a grounder to third by Yuta Okazaki.
In the top of the fifth, the Mountain Lions answered back, scoring a pair of runs to knot the score at 2-2. A bases clearing double by Adam Moore drove in Zach Odom for the first run while a sacrifice fly by Trey Rogers scored catcher Spencer Thomas.
YHC tacked on a single run in the next inning to take a 3-2 lead but would not last long under the Tars’ watch as Rollins scored two more runs for a 4-3 lead in the bottom sixth.
Coburn scored his second run of the game in the sixth on a Matt Hendricks RBI single. Hendricks then moved his way around the bases on a stolen base and throwing error by catcher Thomas. An infield single by Hunter Mayfield drove in Hendricks for the one-run advantage.
Both teams went scoreless through the next 2.5 innings as senior right-hander Eric Morse earned his first save of the season, tossing 1.2 innings. Sophomore newcomer Seth Brenner picked up his first win of the year in 2.1 innings of work. Brenner struck out one batter and allowed one earned run on three hits.
Brenner’s counterpart, James Mills, took the loss for the Mountain Lions, throwing 2.0 innings and allowing two runs on four hits.
Second baseman Coburn finished 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base. Hendricks and Mayfield each record a 2-for-4 day.
In game two, the Tars were not as fortunate as they dropped an 8-3 decision. What was supposed to be a 7-inning affair turned into free baseball at Alfond Stadium. Rollins battled through the second game as they scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh to tie the game at 3-3 and head into extras.
The Tars took the early lead in the bottom of the third with a run by Persky. Young Harris answered back in the top of the fifth but a bases-clearing double by Hendricks pushed the Tars’ lead to 2-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Mountain Lions put up a pair of runs and was answered back in the home half of the frame with another run by Persky.
In the following inning, Young Harris’ offense exploded with five runs to earn the win. Donald Frew held the Tars scoreless in the last two innings of play to pick up the win. Philip Tahernia took the loss for Rollins as he allowed five runs on three hits.
Rollins will conclude the series with Young Harris on Sunday, Feb. 2 with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.