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Sweep of Mount Olive Ends with Fireworks
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 03/01/2012
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WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2012) - After making quick work of the Trojans of Mount Olive College in game one, 8-0 in five innings, the Tars secured the sweep with a 4-3 win in game two in walk off fashion thanks to a two run home run by senior Monica Meadows.

Rollins jumped on the scoreboard early in game one, erupting for four runs in the bottom of the first. After the Tars loaded the bases courtesy of a Aimee Halpin single, a Hope Bitzer walk and a Meredith Foster single, senior Lawna Hunter came to bat with two outs.

Hunter ripped a bases clearing double down the right field line to open the scoring. Hunter then came around to score on a Shelby Walters double to make it 4-0 in favor of Rollins after one.

The Tars would plate another three runs pushing the lead to 7-0 in the third highlighted by a two run double by junior Hannah Lovestrand, scoring Walters and Foster.

After another scoreless half from the Trojans in the fourth, a Meadows solo shot in the bottom of the inning extended the lead to 8-0.

Bitzer (6-2) shut down Mount Olive in the fifth to end the game in a run rule and earn the victory, giving up just two hits in five innings pitched. Junior Christie Wright (2-4) took the loss for the Trojans, giving up seven runs on eight hits in just over two innings of work.

Game two was a completely different story as starters Amye McIntyre for Rollins and Lauren Smith for Mount Olive traded zeros until the fourth in a pitcher's duel.

McIntyre retired the first two batters in the fourth but the Trojans loaded the bases courtesy of back to back walks and a single, bringing up junior Rebekah McDaniel with two outs.

McDaniel laced a double to the base of the wall in right center that scored two giving Mount Olive their first lead of the day at 2-0. The Trojans would add another in the frame on a RBI infield single by freshman Ragan Taylor extending the lead to 3-0 after four.

Being no-hit through five, the Tars bats finally woke up in the sixth. Halpin led off the inning with a single to left, breaking up Smith's no hitter, followed by an Alred walk and a Meadows single, loading the bases for Bitzer.

Bitzer would draw the bases loaded walk, forcing in Halpin for the Tars' first run. Rollins would add another when Hunter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing in Alred to pull the Tars within one, 3-2, heading to the seventh.

McIntyre squashed a Mount Olive threat in the top half of the inning, stranding two Trojan baserunners, bringing Rollins to bat in the seventh down one with just three outs left to play.

Smith retired Alred on a fly out to left after a one out single to Halpin, bringing up Meadows with a runner on first and two outs.

After fouling off numerous offerings from Smith, Meadows connected on an inside fastball and sent it deep over the fence in left to score Halpin to end the game and secure the double header sweep.

McIntyre (5-1) went the distance to earn the win, giving up three runs on three hits while fanning seven. Smith (7-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits.

Rollins will be back in action Friday, Mar. 2nd at home in a double header against No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville with first pitch slated for 6:00pm. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.


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