WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 14, 2017) – Rollins picked up its second straight Sunshine State Conference series win against a ranked opponent after splitting a doubleheader with the 18th ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks. The Tars dropped game one 8-5, but bounced back in game two 8-6, to secure the series victory against the Sharks 2-1.
Rollins improved to 22-15, 7-8 in the SSC, while Nova Southeastern dropped to 25-15, 11-7 in SSC play.
Isaiah Russell led the Tars in game one, going 3-5, with a double and a RBI. Sam Lafontaine went 1-1 at the plate, had two RBI, and earned a walk. Mike Purcell ended up going 2-4 in game one, with an RBI, as well as scoring a run himself.
Whit Drennan pitched 3.1 innings in game one. He allowed just two runs on three hits, and had six strikeouts.
In game two, the Tars had a balanced offense and were able to put up eight runs on the Sharks, with eight different Tars having at least one hit. Peter Nicoletto went 2-5, with three RBI. BJ Minarcin hit his first career home run, a solo shot over the left field fence. Mike Purcell also chipped in three hits, while Grant Ashline added two more.
Brad Case got the start on the mound in game two, he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs. His nine strikeouts gives him 19 over his last two starts. Joey Vecchione picked up his second win of the year, while Brett Scafidi earned his second save.
Rollins takes a short break over the weekend before welcoming Ave Maria to Alfond Stadium on Wednesday, April 14, for a one game matchup.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• In the first inning, Rollins jumped out to an early lead. Mike Dolan recorded the RBI after he was walked, and Mike Purcell scored. Shortly after, Sam Lafontaine was also walked, bringing home Christopher Corbett to score, Tars led 2-0.
• In the second and third innings, the Tars were able to score one run in each, while still holding the Sharks scoreless. Purcell singled to right center, Isaiah Russell would score, and a LaFontaine double would bring in Grant Ashline.
• Finally, the Sharks offense would get going in the fourth inning when Jake Anchia homered a two shot to left field, cutting the Tars lead in half.
• The fifth and sixth innings would see the Sharks score two runs in each, while the Tars were able to score a single run in the bottom of the fifth behind a Russell double allowing Dolan to score.
• Rollins took an early lead in the second inning behind a Mike Dolan sacrifice fly, which brought home Ashline to score. Minarcin also added a solo shot home run, the first of his career.
• The Sharks were able to retake the lead in the fifth and sixth innings. A Sebastian Diaz solo home run, Jake Anchia double and a Brandon Gomez single gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead.
• After the Sharks added one insurance run in the top of the seventh, the Tars responded with two runs of their own. A Nicoletto triple and a Nick Breen ground out brought in two runs to help the Tars regain the lead.
• It was the Sharks who responded again and retook the lead in the top of the eighth. Brendan Cutting hit a single to left field bringing in two runs, and helping regain the lead for the Sharks, 6-4.
• The Tars would have the last word against the Sharks, putting up four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Minarcin scored on a walk, Nicoletto hit a double with the bases loaded to bring in two runs, and then scored himself on a Sharks error.
• Isaiah Russell (RC): 3-5, double, RBI
• Sam LaFontaine (RC): 1-1, 2 RBI
• Whit Drennan (RC): 3.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 6 K
• Dylan Woods (NSU): 2-5, 3 RBI
• Jake Anchia (NSU): 2-4, 4 RBI
• Derik Beauprez (NSU): 3 IP, 4 hits, 4 ER, 5 K
• Peter Nicoletto (RC): 2-5, Triple, double, 3 RBI
• Grant Ashline (RC): 2-3, 2 runs scored
• Brad Case (RC): 6.1 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER, 9 K
• Brandon Gomez (NSU): 2-5, RBI
• Brendan Cutting (NSU): 1-1, 2 RBI
• Rollins still trails the all-time series vs. Nova Southeastern, 35-23
• The Tars improve to 18-11 at home this season
• Rollins moved into sixth in the SSC standings with two conference series (PBA and Barry) remaining.
• Peter Nicoletto hit his SSC-leading eighth triple of the season in game two. The senior is already the Tars all-time leader with 24 in his career.
• Brad Case is second in the SSC with 75 strikeouts.
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