WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 17, 2017) – The Tars staged an epic comeback to defeat the Tampa Spartans in their Sunshine State Conference opener Friday evening.  Chelsea Reed hit a two RBI single up the middle to give the Tars the walk-off win.

With the victory the Tars move to 6-4 on the year and 1-0 in SSC action.  Tampa falls to 6-2 on the young season and 0-1 in conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
·      Tampa jumped out to the early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first inning.  After crossing the plate once the Spartans loaded the bases, but Grace Street managed two quick outs to escape the frame.
·      Street got out of another bases loaded jam in the fourth, forcing Taylor Farre to pop out to center field.
·      The Spartans managed a three spot in the top of the fifth.  Sarah Piening came in for the Tars half way through the inning, and forced Jennie Sittloh to groundout into a double play to end the frame.
·      Brianne Lint hit her third homerun of the year to give the Tars a much needed spark in the top of the sixth.
·      Tampa looked to blow the game open in the top of the seventh but Piening and the Tars escaped another bases loaded situation.
·      Kacie Booth started Rollins rally in the seventh, reaching on a single to first base.  Then, with two outs, Tampa walked the bases loaded.  Abigail Sexton drove in the Tars' first run with a single up the middle.  Lint picked up her second RBI of the game when she walked in a run, making in 4-3.  Chelsea Reed proved to be the hero, when she drove a two strike pitch back up the middle, scoring Sexton and Rachel Minier to give the Tars the walk-off win.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
·      Brianne Lint (DP) – 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Run
·      Makaleigh Dooley (1B/P) – 2-4, 1 Run, 1 RBI
·      Kacie Booth (SS) – 2-3, 1 Run
·      Sarah Piening – W, 3.0 IP, 0 Runs
·      Corynn Miner – L, 6.2 IP, 5 Runs, 6 SO 

NOTES:
·      The Spartans left the bases loaded three times.  Overall Tampa left 11 runners on base to the Tars 7.
·      The Tars drew six walks in the contest, including three during the comeback in the bottom of the seventh.
·      These to teams will faceoff in a double header tomorrow to decide the series; the winner of this series has won at least a share of the SSC Championship in six of the last eight seasons.
·      With three homeruns on the year Brianne Lint now sits atop the conference, she is also tied for third with 10 RBI.
·      Head Coach Michelle Frew is now 748-305-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.  

NEXT:
The Tars and the Spartans conclude their series with a double header tomorrow.  First pitch has been moved to 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.