No. 15 North Georgia 7, Rollins 4
A day after Rollins beat No.15 North Georgia 4-3, the Nighthawks took revenge, besting the Tars 7-4. Kristie Hoeffer had an RBI single and a home run in three at-bats in the contest.
Both the Tars and Nighthawks moved to 2-1 after the result.
North Georgia got the scoring started in the first, taking a 1-0 lead on back-to-back singles. Rollins leveled the score in the third with a bit of small ball. Freshman Hailee Keisling led off the frame with a walk, Chelsea Reed moved her over with a sacrifice bunt, and Hoeffer brought her home with a single through the right side.
The Nighthawks broke the contest open in the fourth and fifth innings. Tiffanie Burns made the most of her at-bat with the bases loaded in the fourth with a grand slam to center. The fifth saw North Georgia score twice and take a 7-1 advantage – one run on an RBI single to center and the other score after a hit batter with the bases loaded.
Rollins tried to muster a comeback with the long ball in the final two innings but it was too little, too late. Hoeffer launched a solo shot over the left field fence in the sixth. With the Tars down to their final out, Keisling hit her second home run in as many days to move the final score to 7-4.
Rollins 6, No. 25 Columbus State 4
Rollins proved too much for tournament-host No. 25 Columbus State, with the Tars pulling out a 6-4 victory. Hoeffer continued her hot hitting with another two hits – including her second home run of the day and third of the weekend – and three runs scored. Niki Fogle tossed a complete game and picked up her third win of the season, allowing four runs, walking one, and striking out 10 Cougars.
The Tars record after the Challenge stands at 3-1. With the loss, Columbus State also moved to 3-1.
Rollins struck in the first frame grabbing a 1-0 lead when senior catcher Veronica Alred singled home Hoeffer. Rollins added another two runs in the third with a pair of RBi singles by Fogle and Brittany Johnson.
Columbus State answered back in the bottom of the third with a pair of solo shots to cut the lead to one at 3-2.
Tars left fielder Courtney Durbin gave the Tars some breathing room at 5-2 in the sixth with an opposite-field two-run blast. Hoeffer added another insurance run an inning later to set the score at 6-2.
The Cougars managed to get two back in their final at-bat with a home run but it wasn’t enough to catch the Tars. The game ended with a score of 6-4.
The Tars will be back in action next Friday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 pm in Clearwater, Fla. when they will take on Flagler in the Eckerd Invitational. Fans will be able to catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.