LAKELAND, Fla. (April 8, 2017) – Rollins dropped the first game of the doubleheader against 10th-ranked Florida Southern 12-1, then regrouped and won the second game in convincing fashion, 9-1 to split a Sunshine State Conference double header in Lakeland on Saturday.

Rollins improved to 20-14, 5-7 SSC and won the season series against FSC (26-8, 7-5 SSC) who had won 17-straight entering the weekend.

Mike Purcell went 3-4 in game one and batted 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s in the rubber match. Brian Brooker drove in a run in the opener and went 1-4 with a run scored in game two. Christopher Corbett swung the big bat in the second game, going 3-5 and blasting a three-run homer as part of the Tars six-run third.

Brian Auerbach took the game one loss, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in four innings of work.

Brad Case tossed a gem for the Tars in winning game two, holding Florida Southern to just one run and four hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. Whit Drennan pitched the a one-hit ninth.

Rollins has a short week before welcoming 16th-ranked Nova Southeastern to Alfond Stadium April 13-14 for a three-game set.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One
• The Mocs didn’t waste any time getting on the board when Pablo Cabrera homered into left field, Mocs led 1-0.
• Again, it was Cabrera who brought in another run for the Mocs, this time he singled down the left field line and brought home Christan Maglich.
• In the bottom of the fourth, after multiple Mocs singles, they were able to get on the board once again with two runs.  
• The Mocs had a monster inning in the bottom of the fifth, scoring eight runs and increasing their lead to 12-0.  
Brian Brooker hit a single into right field in the sixth to bring in the only run of the game for the Tars.   
Game Two
• Rollins took an early lead behind a Peter Nicoletto solo home run in the first.
• The Tars exploded in the sixth inning to score six runs against the Mocs. Mike Purcell started things off with a two-shot over the right field fence. It was then Christopher Corbett’s turn to homer into left field and bring in three runs. Finally, Mike Dolan blasted a solo shot, giving Rollins a 7-0 lead.  
Nick Breen brought home two runs in the eighth inning when he hit a single into left field and put the Tars up 9-0.
• The Mocs finally got on the board when Vaun Brown singled to right center, and brought home Logan Browning, Tars still led 9-1.
Brad Case pitched eight inning for the Tars, dishing out 10 strikeouts and only giving up one run.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
Game One
Mike Purcell (RC): 3-4, 3 singles
Brian Brooker (RC): 1-4, RBI
Brian Auerbach (RC): 4 IP, 9 hits, 8 ER, 3 K
• Pablo Cabrera (FSC): 3-4, 2 RBI
• Austin Mauer (FSC): 1-3, 3 RBI
• Jake Walsh (FSC): 6 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 7 K

Game Two
Christopher Corbett (RC): 3-5, HR, 3 RBI
Mike Purcell (RC): 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 run scored
Brad Case (RC): 8 IP, 1 hit, 1 ER, 10 K
• Vaun Brown (FSC): 1-3, RBI
• Logan Browning(FSC): 1-3, 1 run scored

NOTES:
• Rollins still trails the all-time series vs. Florida Southern, 147-79
• At the end of the day Saturday, Rollins sits sixth in the Sunshine State Conference standings
• At The Tars hit a total of nine home runs in three game weekend series.
• Corbett is now tied for second on the team with six home runs.
• Case moved into third in the SSC with 66 strikeout on the season.

NEXT:
Tars return home to face defending national champions Nova Southeastern on April 13. The games are scheduled for Friday, April 13 and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14. For the latest news, updates, and information on Rollins baseball, fans can visit RollinsSports.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.