WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 24, 2012) - In their first conference series of the season, the Rollins baseball team split Saturday's double-dip with the No. 15 Lynn Fighting Knights taking game one 5-3 and falling 4-3 in game two.
In game one, Lynn kept the Tars (18-8, 1-2) scoreless through five innings before a three-run sixth tied the ball game.
Senior Sean Reilly got things started for the Tars as he reached on a walk. Reilly then advanced to second on bloop-single to right and then came around on a Brandon Curson RBI double. Brian Lattanzi then scored the following run on a groundout while Curson scored the tying run on a Boston Langley shot up the middle.
The Tars bullpen shutdown Lynn's offense as they allowed only two hits in the final five innings of play and struck out six batters.
Anthony Figliolia scored the go-ahead run for the Tars in the seventh as he led off the inning with a walk. A Hunter Mayfield sac bunt moved him over to second while a Kevin Mager RBI single drove him in. Rollins then added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Mark Mazur scored on a failed pickoff attempt by Lynn's Joe Perrotta. Perrotta was also charged with the loss in 2.0 innings of work.
Right-hander Mike Howard (3-1) earned the win for the Tars pitching three innings in relief. He struck out a team-high four and allowed one walk and two hits. Mike Herrmann also picked up his second save of the season in 0.1 innings of work. Herrmann came into the game with two outs and bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
In the rubber match, Lynn (20-8, 4-2) took the early lead scoring a lone run in the opening frame, followed by two in the third and another lone run in the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Rollins rallied for two runs to cut the deficit in half. Greg Smith and pinch-runner Brett Flutie crossed the plate on a Kevin Mager bases-clearing double. Mager finished game two going 2-for-3 with two RBI, a double and a stolen base.
Rollins was then able to keep Lynn scoreless in the final inning of play. In the home half of the inning, the 15th-ranked Fighting Knights were able to record two quick outs before closer Andre Colon issued his only walk of the day. A dropped ball by the first baseman kept Rollins alive and allowed Greg Smith to reach. In the following at-bat, Colon threw one in the dirt that put Curson and Smith in scoring position. Pinch-hitter Boston Langley then drew out his count to full and laced a ball in the left side gap to plate Curson but the laser arm of Lynn's Alex Bello gunned Smith out at home to end the ball game.
Pitching in the rubber match for the Tars was right-hander Anthony Figliolia. He was saddled with the loss, his first of the season. Figliolia (4-1) also allowed two walks, the first for him this season, walking the lead-off man.
Lynn starter Jason Whalen made quick work of his opponents in 5.2 innings of work as he recorded a game-high five strikeouts. Colon picked up the save, his third.
Rollins will be back in action on Friday, March 30 as the Tars host the Tampa Spartans. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.