WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 10, 2017) – The Tars recorded their second straight double-header sweep, besting American International 13-5, in five innings, in game one, and shutting out the Yellow Jackets 3-0 in game two. With the wins Rollins improves to 19-9 on the year. The contests were the first of the year for American International, who fall to 0-2.
In game one all but one Rollins starter registered a hit, with five Tars tallying RBI, three drove in multiple runners, en route to the 13-5 victory. Grace Street shut down the Yellow Jacket offence in game two, surrendering just two hits in 6.0 innings, then freshman Sarah Piening came in to record her first save of the year in the Tars’ 3-0 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Rollins jumped out to the early lead in the first frame. Brianne Lint bunted to bring in Hailee Keisling, then Chelsea Reed singled, scoring Sarah Harrison.
· Rollins the blew the game open in the next inning, putting up seven runs in the second. Twelve Tars came to the plate in the frame. Hali Marshall Highlighted the inning with a two run, inside the park homerun which she roped down the right field line. Grace Street also registered a multiple RBI inning, slapping a single up the middle scoring Reed and Lint.
· The Tars added four more runs in the fourth to pad the lead in the fourth. The Tars manufactured the insurance runs, piecing together some singles and scoring on a passed ball, an RBI walk, and an error.
· The Yellow Jackets made in interesting in the fifth. American International batted around the order, and put five runs on the board. However, Sarah Piening forced Kristen Steele to hit a lazy pop up to second base to secure the five inning victory for Rollins.
· Rollins got out to the early lead again. Abigail Sexton doubled to deep center field, scoring senior Hailee Keisling, who had reached on a Yellow Jacket error.
· Keisling opened the fifth with a double of her own, to right center field. Sexton again sent her across the plate, singling down the left field line. The third Tars run scored when Sarah Harrison beat a throw to the plate on a Rachel Minier bunt single.
· The Tars were threatened in the sixth, but Chelsea Reed gunned a runner trying to score at home plate, Abigail Sexton then registered a second out on the play, firing the ball to third to catch Yami Lopez trying to advance. Grace Street ended the threat permanently with a strike out of Jillian Bedard.
· Sarah Piening came in to close out the game in the seventh, recording to strikeouts and retiring the Yellow Jackets in order.
· American International was the first opponent the Tars faced at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, back in 2004, Rollins swept the Yellow Jackets in double-header action that day also.
· With two hits on the day Hailee Keisling now sits alone in fifth in Tars’ history with 196, four away from 200.
· Chelsea Reed tallied one RBI, moving her into sole possession of 10th place in Rollins history, and just two behind assistant coach Brittany Johnson for ninth all-time, with 107.
· Sarah Piening moved into a tie for the most wins in the Sunshine State Conference, with 11. The freshman also registered the first Rollins save of the year in game two.
· Rollins hold three of four top RBI totals in the SSC, Reed leads with 26 while Abigail Sexton and Brianne Lint are part of a three way tie for second with 20 RBI.
· Michelle Frew is now 761-310-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will take the weekend off, before continuing their non-conference home stand with a double-header against Kutztown. First pitch against the Bears, who are receiving votes in the latest NFCA Poll, is scheduled for 6 p.m.