WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 6, 2012) - After three straight shutouts, the Tars were unable to keep the momentum going as they fell 7-3 to the Rockhurst Hawks Tuesday night at Alfond Stadium.
Rollins gave up a total of 13 hits, the most given up to an opponent this season; the seven runs was also the most an opponent has scored on the Tars. Rollins now falls to 11-5 on the season, while Rockhurst improves to 5-1.
The Tars were led by Steve Betcherman with two hits, while Nick Adams was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Zach Persky 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run. Kevin Mager had one hit on the night with a stolen base and Brian Lattanzi registered one hit with a run scored and a walk.
Rollins jumped out to 3-0 lead after three innings of play and kept the Hawks off the scoreboard through five. Lattanzi scored the first run of the night for the Tars in the second frame crossing home plate on a Josh Band grounder to first. In the bottom third, Persky drove in Adams on a bases-clearing double and was then brought in on the sacrifice fly by Sean Reilly.
In the top of the sixth, freshman Brett Mueller gave up a lead-off walk and was replaced on the mound by senior right-hander Garrett Yount. Mueller received the no-decision allowing seven hits and one run. The Tars were able to get out of the inning allowing just one run after committing two errors.
In the top of the seventh, Rockhurst took hold of the lead as they scored five men to take a 6-3 lead. Yount (1-1) was charged with the loss in 1.1 innings of work. He struck out two and allowed no walks while giving up three runs on three hits.
Rockhurst's Josh Samuelson (1-0) earned the win in three innings of work, striking out two and allowing no walks or runs to score. Second baseman Tyler Gans had three hits, two RBIs, a walk and run scored for the Hawks.
The Tars will return to the diamond on Thursday, March 8 in the fourth game of the 64th Annual Rollins College Baseball Week tournament as they play host to the Wayne State Warriors. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.