WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 12, 2017) – The series finale against the University of West Florida was a wild one, as the Tars lose 20-15. The Sunday afternoon affair was a back and forth battle that treated fans to a combined 38 hits between the two teams. The difference in the game was a total 6 unearned runs that came off of six Tars errors.

Leading the way for the Tars at the plate, Christopher Corbett went 3 for 6, hit a moonshot in the fifth inning for his second HR of the season and two RBI. Brian Brooker also went yard this afternoon, on his way to a three hit, four RBI day.

Caleb Jakes started on the mound for Rollins, throwing 4.0 innings, giving up seven runs, four earned, and striking out five batters. After Jakes was removed from the game, seven other Tars pitchers were used, Joey Vecchione was the only one that was able to settle in, going 2.1 innings. The grad student gave up four runs, three earned, and sat down four on strikes.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

The Argos jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first inning thanks to a handful of seeing eye singles that made it through the infield. Rollins answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, and continued to score two more runs in the second inning thanks to Brian Brooker’s first home run of the season.

The Tars started to pour it on in the third inning, ending the frame with eight runs. Peter Nicoletto led off the inning with a double, setting the table for the entire inning. Brian Brooker replaced Nicoletto at second, with a double of his own and later scored thanks to a bases loaded walk from Grant Ashline. Rollins continued to string together hits, earning eight runs and batting around in the inning.

Despite the 11-2 deficit, West Florida was determined to make a comeback. In their half of the fifth inning, the Argonauts tallied five hits and took advantage of two Rollins errors in the field to score 6 runs of their own.

Christopher Corbett answered West Florida’s six-run fifth inning by taking matters into his own hands by smashing a two-run HR, his second of the season. Unfortunately, this was not enough for the Tars.

UWF continued to rally, have big innings and take advantage of Rollins fielding errors. In the top of the eighth inning, West Florida finally took the lead from the Tars when Chase Keifer singled through the right side of the infield with runners on the corners. West Florida continued to move station to station, scoring five times in the top of the eighth, sealing the win for the Argonauts.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:

·      Brian Brooker (RC): 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

·      Christopher Corbett (RC): 3-6, HR, 4 RBI

·      Justin Ambrosino (UWF): 5-7, 2B, 4 RBI

·      Trevor Payne (UWF): 2-7, 4 RBI

·      Jarrod Petree (UWF): W, 2.0 IP, 1 ER

NOTES:

·      With his performance today, Brian Brooker was a triple away from the cycle. He would have been the second Tar to hit for the cycle in two years, after Peter Nicoletto hit for the cycle in 2016.

·      Rollins falls to 10-16 all-time vs. West Florida

·      Six errors for the Tars is the most since 2013, when Rollins defeated Assumption College 10-8

NEXT:

Next weekend, Rollins hosts Bentley on Friday, Southern Connecticut State on Saturday and Bentley once more to end the weekend on Sunday. First pitch Friday, Feb. 17 is set for 5:00 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Rollins baseball team, fans can visit RollinsSports.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.