WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 15, 2017) – The Tars and the Penmen battled back and forth, both teams putting their bats to good use, as the teams had to settle for a double-header split after a pair of contests. The Tars move to 21-11 on the year, while Southern New Hampshire end the night at 11-5.
The Tars jumped out early in game one, and road a strong pitching performance from freshman Sarah Piening to a, 9-1, six inning, game one victory. In game two the Penmen found their offense, and were able to outscore the Tars in a slugfest by the final of 13-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Rollins jumped out to big early lead, scoring six runs in the first inning. Lint sent the first run across the plate, slapping a single to past the Penmen first baseman, scoring Hailee Keisling. Rachel Minier then blew open the frame hitting a two RBI double to the right center field wall, scoring Sarah Harrison and Chelsea Reed. Grace Street, Kacie Booth, and Claire Hamilton all contributed RBI in the inning, to give the Tars a 6-0 lead after one.
· The Tars extended their lead in the second. Lint pushed the Tars lead to 7-0, sending Harrison across the plate with a double to left center.
· With a lead-off single in the bottom of the fourth Keisling became the fifth Tar to ever achieve 200 career hits.
· The Penmen got on the board in the sixth, scoring when Erin Tyrell hit an RBI single through the left side of the Tars infield, making the score 7-1 halfway through the sixth inning.
· Rollins responded with a pair of runs in the sixth, ending the game early. Reed continued a solid outing, knocking an RBI single down the left field line, scoring Keisling. Harrison crossed the plate for the third time in the contest to end the game, coming home on a Minier single to right center.
· The Penmen scored first in game two, putting up a pair in the first. Erin Garczynski tripled in the lead off batter, Brittany Perdigao. The third baseman then came home on a passed ball.
· Rollins responded in the bottom of the frame, sending four runners home. Chelsea Reed tripled to score Sarah Harrison to get the Tars on the board. The senior then scored on bunt by Brianne Lint. Grace Street then helped her own cause, as the pitcher lifted a ball over left field fence, giving Rollins a 4-2 lead.
· The Penmen retook the lead in the third, sending ten players to the plate and scoring six runs. The big inning was highlighted by a three run homerun by Jessica Torsiello.
· The Tars mounted a two out rally to quell the Penmen momentum. Kacie Booth doubled to right center to score Street and tally the first Tars run of the frame. The shortstop came home on an RBI single by Hali Marshall, making the score 8-6 after three.
· SNHU put up another big number in the fourth, sending four runners across the plate. The Penmen batted around the line up for a second time, with all their runs coming with two outs. Erin Morrissey tallied a pair of RBI on a single to right center.
· After giving up a run in the sixth, Rollins tried again to spark a comeback. Street tallied two more RBI at the plate, slapping a RBI single down the right field line, scoring Reed and Lint, making the score 13-8.
· Brianne Lint (DP) – 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 Run
· Erin Tyrell (3B) – 2-3, 1 RBI
· Sarah Piening – W, CG, 7 Hits, 1 Run, 0 Earned Runs
· Maddy Barone – 5.1 IP, 4 Runs, 3 Earned Runs, 5 SO
· Grace Street (P) – 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 Runs
· Erin Morrissey (1B) – 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run
· Grace Street – L, 4.1 IP, 7 Runs, 6 Earned Runs, 2 SO
· Nicole Gunellini – W, 4.1 IP, 5 Hits, 2 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 1 SO
· With 200 hits in her review mirror, Hailee Keisling can now set her sights on Stacy Sanders for fourth on the all-time list with 205 career hits. The first baseman is also one steal away from a tie for tenth all-time.
· With three runs against the Penmen Chelsea Reed is now alone in eighth on the Rollins all-time list, with 116, she also moved into ninth on the Rollins career hits list, with 176, moved into a three way tie for ninth in career RBI, with 109, moved into seventh in career stolen bases, with 45, and took over fifth in career triples with 10.
· The Tars complete their 17 game home stand with a record of 14-3.
· The Tars increased their double play tally for the year to 19, the next highest total in the Sunshine State Conference is nine.
· With Grace Street’s game two homerun the Tars now have a conference leading 17 dingers on the year.
· Sarah Piening moved into first in the SSC with 13 wins, after her game one performance.
· Michelle Frew is now 763-312-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The tars return to the Sunshine State Conference play when they travel to St. Petersburg to take on the Tritons of Eckerd College in a weekend series. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.