WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – The Tars opened their string of six straight non-conference double-headers in dominating fashion, defeating Claflin by scores of 9-1, in six innings, and 7-0. With the wins Rollins improves to 14-8 on the year. The Panthers fall back to .500, at 9-9 on the season.
The Tars’ pitchers were the story, as Claflin could only manage a combined five hits and one run through the two games. Freshman Sarah Piening set the bar high in the first game, gathering her eighth win of the year. However, sophomore Grace Street matched it with an outstanding performance, surrendering just two hits and striking out nine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Panthers scored the first run of the day, crossing the plate for the only time in the second inning on a Tiaria Norman RBI single.
· The Tars tied up the contest in the bottom of the frame when Chelsea Reed turned a leadoff walk into the equalizing score on a Grace Street RBI single.
· The Tars took the lead for good in the third. Sarah Harrison came home on a errant throw after a Kacie Booth single. Then Booth crossed home plate on a perfectly executed bunt by Brianne Lint.
· The Tars ended the contest early by blowing up for six runs in the bottom of the sixth frame. Initiated by a Hailee Keisling single up the middle with one out, and amplified by a Reed two out, two RBI, double, the Tars poured the runs on. Rachel Minier scored on a wild pitch to tally the Tars ninth run and end game one prematurely.
· The Tars jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. Chelsea Reed hit a bases loaded single scoring Hailee Keisling, and Abigail Sexton lofted a sacrifice fly into right, scoring Sarah Harrison.
· Rollins doubled their advantage in the second. Grace Street opened the inning with a single, and tallied the Tars third run on an RBI groundout by Keisling. Rachel Minier blasted a double down the left field line and scored when a snap throw by the Claflin catcher went array.
· The sophomore catcher, Sexton, lifted her second homerun of the year over the left field fence to give Rollins a 5-0 lead in the third.
· Kacie Booth doubled in Harrison in the fourth to tack on another Rollins run.
· Minier slapped an RBI single in the fifth to send Amanda Guglietta across the plate, tallying the seventh Rollins’ run.
· Street secured the Tars victory with an impressive performance in the circle, including striking out the side in the top of the seventh.
· Chelsea Reed and Hailee Keisling continue their assaults on the Tars all-time record books. Reed is with in five runs, 13 hits, two homeruns, two RBI, and three steals of the Rollins top-ten list in each category; while Keisling sits third in runs scored, eighth in hits, and is also on the doorstep of the top-ten in homeruns, RBI, and stolen bases.
· The Tars seven game winning streak is their longest of the season, the Tars longest streak last season was nine, which stretched from March 21 through April 5.
· Sarah Harrison stole three bases in game one of today’s double header, one off the Rollins single game record of four, held by five players.
· This marks the second time Grace Street has retired nine batters on strikes this season. She also accomplished the feat against Central Missouri on February 11.
· Michelle Frew is now 756-309-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins Softball program.
The Tars string of non-conference double-headers continues tomorrow when Rollins will take on Lander. First pitch of game one against the Bearcats is scheduled for 6 p.m.