WINTER PAR, Fla. (February 25, 2012) - With bases loaded and two outs, Kevin Mager drew a full-count walk to score Nick Adams for the winning run in the Tars' 4-3 victory over the Saint Anselm Hawks Saturday evening. The win is now the Tars' fifth consecutive victory and improves Rollins to 8-3 on the season.
After Saint Anselm put up a three-spot in the top of the sixth to lead 3-1, Rollins used a late-inning rally to come from behind for the win. The Tars took the first lead in the bottom of the fifth to break the pitcher's duel. Josh Band scored the run after reaching first on a single through the left side and coming around on a Nick Adams double to left.
Rollins came within one in the bottom of the eighth as a failed pickoff attempt aided the Tars in the score. After reaching safely on a fielder's choice, Zach Persky advanced to second on the failed attempt and then moved to third on a single by Mager. Persky then scored on the sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hawks.
In the bottom of the ninth, Band got things rolling for the Tars with a hard-hit ball to the pitcher that allowed him to reach safely. With two outs on the board, Adams reached on a throwing error by the Hawks' shortstop, which also allowed Band to advance to third after stealing second. Anthony Figliolia then drove in Band to tie the score at 3-all as he reached on another defensive miscue by the Hawks. Bases were then loaded by Persky drawing Mager to the plate. Mager extended the count to full and then drew a walk to score Adams at third for the win.
Brett Mueller (2-0) earned his second win of his collegiate career going three innings and allowing three hits, while recording one strikeout. Rollins starting pitcher Taylor Smith received the no decision in five innings of work, but recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Saint Anselm's James Farrington (0-1) took the loss for the Hawks in two-thirds of an inning pitched. He gave up two runs on one hit and allowed one walk.
Rollins will be back in action on Sunday, February 26 in game two of the series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.