WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 19, 2017) – From the start, Rollins dominated the Ave Maria Gyrenes andposted a 9-4 win in a midseason non-conference matchup.
The Tars remaining 12 remaning games will be against Sunshine State Conference affiliated schools.
Freshman Sam LaFontaine led the Tars, (23-15, 7-8 SSC) Wednesday, hitting 3-4 on the night. The Hudson, Ohio native was just a double short of hitting for the cycle, adding one run to a single, triple and home run while also knocking in four. Christopher Corbett also got going, as he had one hit, one run scored, and two RBI.
Peter Nicoletto hit his ninth triple of the season and tied the SSC all-tie record with 24 for his career.
Ryan Cook and Andy Hernandez paced the Gyrenes (19-30) offensively. Cook hit a solo shot home run in the top of the fourth inning. Hernandez went 1-3, hitting one single on the night, as well as recording an RBI.
The Tars used an arsenal of pitchers against the Gyrenes. Garrett Leonard got the start, as he pitched two innings and recorded three strikeouts in his first win of the season. Appearances on the mound for the Tars also included Jonathan Rivera, Anthony Trovato, James Doherty, Brett Scafidi, and Mike Gaughan. Whit Drennan came in in the ninth inning to help seal the win for the Tars, allowing one hit and three strikeouts.
For the Gyrenes, CJ Bottiglieri started and pitched three innings, allowing seven hits, five earned runs, and a strikeout in his first loss of the season. Zack Rose also pitched three innings giving up two hits and three runs, to go along with three strikeouts.
This was a single game between the Tars and Gyrenes before the Tars prepare for a three-game weekend series against Barry University. They will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 21.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• The Tars wasted no time putting runs on the board, as a Peter Nicoletto triple set up the Tars offense in the first inning.
• In the bottom of the second inning, BJ Minarcin flied out to right field, but brought Isaiah Rusell home to score and increase the Tars lead, 4-0.
• Brian Brooker would hit a solo shot home run past the left field fence in the bottom of the third, as well as a LaFontaine triple would bring home Nick Breen from second as the Tars would put up two more runs.
• The Gyrenes fought back when Ryan Cook would hit a single shot home run himself to cut the Tars lead to five.
• Ave Maria would then cut the Tars lead again, this time by two in the top of the sixth inning behind a Cook single.
• The Tars would finally push their lead open even more when LaFontaine hit a three-run home run bringing home Breen and Corbett and they led 9-4.
• This was only the third all-time matchup between the two programs, and Rollins is 3-0 against the Gyrenes all-time.
• Rollins improves to 19-11 at home this season
• Peter Nicoletto hit his 25th career triple, tying the SSC all-time record for triples
• Rollins is 9-0 when they hit just one home run in a game, and 7-2 when they hit more than two
The Tars and the Barry University Buccaneers will meet to play a three-game weekend series. Game one will start on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m.
The Fans can follow all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.