CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 10, 2017) – Rollins split two games during the first day of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Leadoff Classic.  In their first action the Tars defeated Tiffin University, then in their second game Rollins fell victim to a late comeback by the West Chester Rams.

The Tars opened play with a 4-2 victory over Tiffin.  Rollins jumped out to 3-0 lead, before hanging on late to defeat the Dragons.  In their second contest of the day Rollins mounted a comeback and took a 4-2 lead into the seventh frame.  West Chester then put up four runs in their final at bat to take a lead they would not surrender.

With one victory on the day, Rollins moves to 3-3 on the year.  Tiffin ended the day 0-2, after falling to the Tars and the Rams.  West Chester upended the Dragons in their first game, finishing the day 2-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One
·      After three scoreless innings the the Tars took the lead in the fourth inning.  Abigail Sexton slapped a two out single, and was driven home by Kacie Booth.
·      The Tars added a pair of runs in the fifth.  Rachel Minier singled with two runners on, sending Hali Marshall across the plate.  Hailee Keisling scored the second run of the inning, finding her way home on a wild pitch.
·      Rollins got an important insurance run in the seventh when Tayler Holt scored on a Sexton sacrifice fly.
·      The Dragons sent a pair across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Sarah Piening got out of a bases loaded jam by getting Kate-Lynn Urgo to pop out to right field.
·      The Tars had opportunities to put the game away, leaving nine runners on base to the Dragons five, but Piening still managed to keep Tiffin at bay, allowing only three hits over seven innings

Game Two
·      West Chester jumped out to the early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first frame.
·      The Rams grew their advantage to 2-0 in the top of the fourth, but then in the bottom of the frame Rollins tied the score at 2-2.  Sarah Harrison drove in pinch runner Kara Wagstaff and Kacie Booth with a single toward third base.
·      The Tars took their first lead in the fifth when reigning SSC Player of the Week Brianne Lint lifted the ball over the left field wall, bringing home Rachel Minier, and giving Rollins the 4-2 advantage.
·      West Chester pulled ahead in their final at bat, manufacturing four runs in the seventh.  The Tars threatened in the bottom of the seventh, getting a pair of runners on base, but were unable to push anyone across the plate.
·      The Tars got out of a pair of bases loaded jams in the ball game. Street induced a fly out in the second to get out of the inning.  Then in the fourth Hailee Keisling made an unassisted double play on a line out to first base.
·      Rollins outhit the Rams 9-8, but the Tars left 10 runners on base.
·      Grace Street struck out eight West Chester batters, while the Tars only went down on strikes twice.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
Game One
·      Rachel Minier (3B) – 2-3, 1 RBI
·      Sierra Besser-Paul (RF) – 1-3, 1 Runs
·      Sarah Piening – W, CG, 2 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 3 SO
·      Tiffany Snell – L, 4.0 IP, 3 Runs, 2 SO

Game Two
·      Brianne Lint (2B) – 1-3, HR, 1 Run, 2 RBI
·      Micaela McSpadden (1B) – 1-4, 2B, 2 Runs
·      Grace Street – L, CG, 6 Runs, 5 Earned Runs, 8 SO
·      Emily Maseth – W, 2.1 IP, 0 Runs, 1 SO

NOTES:
·      Brianne Lint’s homerun against West Chester was her second of the year, halfway to her total from all of last season.
·      With one run against Tiffin Hailee Keisling is now tied for third in Rollins history in runs scored.
·      Rollins is now 1-0 all-time against Tiffin.
·      This was the Tars first loss against West Chester, Rollins is now 4-1 against the Rams.
·      Hali Marshall has hit safely in every game of the Tars season so far, giving her a six game hit streak.
·      Coach Michelle Frew is now 745-304-1 at the helm of the Rollins Softball program.

NEXT:

The Tars continue the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a pair of games tomorrow.  Rollins will battle No. 10 Wayne State at 3:00 p.m. before turning their attention to the Central Missouri Jennies at 5:30.

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