PENSACOLA, Fla. (February 11, 2012) - After having the best start to a season in nine years, the Rollins Tars baseball team dropped two to defending national champions, fourth-ranked West Florida Saturday afternoon at Jim Spooner Field.
In game one, the Tars (3-2) drew first blood in the opening frame scoring a pair of runs on the Argos. With one out and runners on first and second, Brandon Curson singled to center driving in Zach Persky for the first run. On a deep fly ball to right from Sean Reilly, Kevin Mager scored the second run of the inning on the sacrifice fly.
Rollins tacked on another run in the fifth on a RBI single by Persky to score Nick Adams to push the score to 3-0.
In his second start of the season, senior right-hander Taylor Smith had a no-no through three and two-third innings, giving up a base hit in the fourth and striking out the next batter to get out of the inning. Smith tossed 6.1 and fanned eight batters for the second straight outing to receive the no decision. He faced two batters in the seventh and was relieved by southpaw Jack Murray.
Murray (1-1) was charged with the loss as he gave up the tying and winning runs in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In the seventh inning, West Florida got on the board with three runs on two hits to tie the score. Murray gave up the tying run on a wild pitch to score Leo Lamarche.
In the eighth inning, Murray picked up two quick outs and walked the next batter. Rollins then made a call to the bullpen and used sophomore Adam Ogburn to close out the inning. A double down the rightfield line and a 7-4-5 rundown ended the frame for the Tars.
Rollins was unable to put up a run in the ninth leaving one on base. The Tars outhit their opponent 10-5, but came up short in the end. Neither team committed an error in the contest.
Dan Husum (1-0) was awarded the win for UWF, while Bobby Parker (SV, 2) picked up his second save of the season.
Game two started in similar fashion for the Tars as they got on the board with a pair of runs in the first. Zach Persky and Nick Adams scored on a Brandon Curson single through the right side with one out on the board.
West Florida (4-1) cut the deficit in half in the second inning. Billy O'Connor singled to left to start the inning, moved to second on a base hit, third on a Rollins wild pitch, and finally scored on another base hit.
Despite the cold temperatures in the panhandle, West Florida got hot in the fourth inning scoring five runs on three hits. Rollins starting pitcher Michael Herrmann (0-1) was saddled with the loss giving up all six Argos runs. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.1 innings.
The Tars managed to score one more in the fifth, but were kept scoreless in the final two innings of play. Argos starting pitcher Josh Tanski got the win in five innings of work, while Bobby Parker (SV, 3) picked up his second save of the day and third of the season.
Brandon Curson got two hits for the Tars, while five Tars registered one hit off the Argos.
Rollins will wrap-up the weekend series with the fourth-ranked West Florida Argonauts on Sunday, Feb. 12. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.