WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 8, 2012) - As the Tars entered the mid-point of the 64th Annual Rollins College Baseball Week event, Rollins produced four multiple-run innings to come out the victors in a 14-3 win over Wayne State Thursday night.
Led by Anthony Figliolia, Sean Reilly and Brandon Curson with two hits off the Warriors, the Tars combined for 14 runs on 11 hits, the seventh time this season Rollins tallies double-figure hits and fifth time the Tars score in double-digits.
After only producing three home runs the entire season, Curson, along with Kevin Mager hit multiple-run blasts. Mager hit the first in the bottom of the fourth blasting a two-run homer over the rightfield wall. In the bottom of the eighth, Curson stepped up to the plate and hit a two-out three-run home run that barely cleared the leftfield fence.
Rollins (12-5) opened up the contest with a five-run opening frame as Wayne State starter Chris Waha was unable to record an out and was charged with the loss. Waha walked three and allowed five runs on two hits.
The Tars put up another two runs in the third as Hunter Mayfield plated Brian Lattanzi and Sean Reilly on a two-RBI single. Rollins then tacked on another two runs in the fourth on Mager's home run to give the Tars a 9-0 lead.
Wayne State (3-1) broke up the possible shutout in the top of the sixth as Chris Gebara scored on a Rollins defensive miscue. Rollins then responded in the home half of the inning with one run. Reilly crossed the plate on a Warriors wild pitch.
With Rollins up 10-2 heading into the eighth inning, Curson's three-run blast, along with another run by Mager left Rollins at 14-2 and was the final damage done by the Tars. Wayne State was able to plate a final run in the top of the ninth, 14-3.
Mager was 1-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs, a home run and two walks. Curson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, a run scored and a home run.
Along with the Tars offensive explosion, Mike Howard (2-1) pitched himself into a win tossing a career-high eight innings allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five.
Rollins will be back in action Friday, March 9 as the Tars host the Indianapolis Greyhounds at 12 Noon, followed by a 6 p.m. contest against the West Chester Golden Rams.