WINTER PAR, Fla. (February 19, 2012) - Despite being outhit by the Falcons, Rollins captured a 5-3 victory over Bentley for a sweep in the four-game set Sunday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.
Second baseman Josh Band had a team-best three hits, to go along with a run scored and a stolen base. Zach Persky and Brandon Curson each had two hits. Persky added a pair of runs and Curson tallied an RBI, a double and a stolen base.
The Tars are now 7-3 on the season, while Bentley has struggled to get that first win of the season, now at 0-7. Rollins has also climbed in the Sunshine State Conference standings as the winners of the last four and are now tied for fourth in the standings.
Rollins opened up the series finale with two runs in the first inning. Sean Reilly drove in Zach Persky and Anthony Figliolia on a one-out single. Reilly finished the day with a game-high three RBIs and now leads the team with 11 total for the season.
Bentley cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth tacking on one run. Greg Baggett scored on a Sean Keady sacrifice fly before Nate Witkowski was caught in a run down for the final out of the inning.
The Tars then extended their lead to 4-1 in the home half of the fifth. Figliolia and Persky scored on back-to-back at-bats as Figliolia scored on a Kevin Mager groundout and Persky on a Sean Reilly sacrifice fly.
In the top of the eighth, the Falcons put some pressure on the Tars putting up two runs to trail by one run, 4-3. An insurance run in the bottom of the eighth would seal the deal for the Tars as Adam Ogburn (SV, 1) was able to go 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, giving up one hit.
Right-handed hurler Mike Howard (1-1) took the win for the Tars going five innings while striking out two and giving up one earned run. Bentley starter Ryan O'Connor took the loss for the Falcons in four innings of work.
Rollins will return to the diamond on Saturday, February 25 as they host the Saint Anselm Hawks for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Fans can follow the Tars all season long on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.