CLERMONT, Fla. (March 5, 2012) - Rollins (17-4) traveled to the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. Monday afternoon for a tune up before opening up conference play this Friday. The Tars added two tallies to win column, taking game one 7-1 against Cedarville and finished the day with an 11-1 victory over Southern New Hampshire.
Rollins jumped on Cedarville early, scoring one in the first when Aimee Halpin scored on a wild pitch by Yellow Jackets starter Cecilia DeBartolo. Halpin had opened the game for the Tars reaching on a throwing error by second baseman Kenleigh Ludlow and also advanced to second on the play and would steal third shortly after.
The Tars added three more in the second thanks to a RBI double by Halpin, scoring Shelby Walters, and an RBI infield single by Monica Meadows that platted Nicole Ankrom and also allowed the speedy Halpin to come around to score to make it 4-0 Rollins after two.
After freshman pitcher Taylor McGowan shut down Cedarville again in the top of the third, Rollins went right back to work in the bottom half, adding 2 more to the deficit. After senior Meredith Foster reached on a fielder's choice, Lawna Hunter ripped a triple to score Foster. Hunter would score a batter later on a RBI ground out by Walters.
The Yellow Jackets would finally get on the board in the fourth, taking advantage of a Tars mistake. Cedarville had runners on first and third with two outs when catcher Ankrom sailed a throw back to McGowan that allowed Kelsey Wilson to score from third.
Rollins would add an insurance run in the sixth on a RBI single by Halpin, pushing the lead to 7-1, which would more than enough for McGowan (4-0) as she would toss a scoreless seventh to cruise to her fourth win of the year. McGowan went the distance while giving up just one run, zero earned, and striking out four. DeBartolo took the loss, giving up six runs, five earned, in three innings pitched.
Game two would start in similar fashion as the Tars would score one in the top of the first. Halpin opened the game with a walk and was sacrificed to second by sophomore Veronica Alred. With Meadows at the plate, Halpin took off for third. The throw from catcher Cristy Jenkins sailed into left field, allowing Halpin to score on the error.
Southern New Hampshire starter Ali Maloof would settle down after the first and would trade zeros with Rollins starter Hope Bitzer until the fifth.
It was then that the Tars would blow the game wide open, erupting for five runs in the frame on four hits, including two for extra bases, highlighted by a two run double by Halpin.
With the score 6-0, the Penmen would add a run of their own in the fourth on a RBI double by Nicole Newell that scored Maloof. Unfortunatly for Southern New Hampshire, that would be the only blemish on the scorecard on the evening for Bitzer.
Rollins would go on to score two more in the fifth, courtesy of a two run bomb by Hunter, and three in the sixth thanks to RBI doubles from Alred and Meadows.
Bitzer (8-2) would strike out the side in the bottom half of the sixth to wrap up the game in a run rule to earn her eighth win of the year. The senior pitcher scattered five hits while giving up just one run and striking out nine in six innings of work. Maloof (0-2) suffered the loss going five innings while giving up nine runs, six earned, on eight hits.
Rollins will be back in action Friday, Mar. 9th when they welcome Nova Southeastern to Winter Park to open conference play in game one of a three game series. Friday's game is set for 7 pm with a double header to follow on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.