WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2017) – After a tough opening game to start the weekend series with Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday night, the Rollins softball team bounced and took the first game of the doubleheader before the Sailfish claimed the series with a comeback win in game two.
Rollins earned a 2-1 win against Palm Beach Atlantic to open the afternoon’s slate. In game two, the Tars found themselves holding onto a 3-1 lead in the top of the 5th, but a strong outing in the bottom of the inning saw the Sailfish score three to take a 4-3 lead that they held onto for the remainder of the game.
The Tars head into their next contest with an overall mark of 7-8, while the Sailfish advance their record to 9-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Tars took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to Sarah Harrison. The leadoff hitter singled up the middle to start the game, then came around on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lint
PBA knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth after Brianna Skipper tripled to center field, allowing Loren Kilgore to score and even the game.
Rollins scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the sixth, as Rachel Minier had her third hit of the day with one out. Brianne Lint then had an infield single, with both runners advancing on a fielding error. With one out and runners on second and third, Reed lofted a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Minier to cross the plate.
This time, it was the host Sailfish who scored in the first inning on back-to-back base hits with two outs.
The Tars knotting the score in the third inning, as Hali Marshall started the rally with a one-out walk. Harrison and Hailee Keisling then both reached on bunt singles, which loaded the bases for Minier. The third baseman lifted a fly ball to left, allowing Marshall to scamper home.
Rollins then took a 3-1 lead on the top of the fifth, scoring twice on three hits. Harrison began the rally with a walk, then stole second base. Keisling then stepped to the plate, and singled to center, sending Harrison home. Up next was Minier, who reached base successfully on an error by the PBA second baseman, which sent Keisling home. The offensive barrage chased PBA starting pitcher Jana Wagner out of the circle, but it did not deter the Tar attack. Lint doubled to greet the new pitcher, Nikki Brinegar, but Minier was out at third on the play. Chelsea Reed singled, but was left stranded to end the inning.
However, in the bottom half of the frame, the Sailfish responded. PBA loaded the bases with no outs, and took control. In all, three runs scored on four hits to close out the contest.
- Rachel Minier (3B) – 3-3, 1 Run
- Sarah Harrison (LF) – 1-4, 1 Run
- Sarah Piening (P) – 7.0 IP, 1 Run, 1 Earned Run, 1 SO
- Hailee Keisling (1B) – 3-4, 1RBI, 1 Run
- Hali Marshall (RF) – 1-2, 1BB, 1 Run
- Grace Street (P) – L, 6.0 IP, 4 Runs, 3 Earned Runs, 3 SO
- Sarah Piening earned her fourth win of the season in the circle, scattering five hits over seven full innings, while striking out one.
- Rollins had at least one baserunner in five of the game’s seven innings
- Minier had three hits in as many at bats, singling in the first, third, and sixth innings.
- Grace Street shouldered the loss for Rollins, as she yielded three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out three.
- Rollins batted .375 with runners in scoring position
- Five of the team’s seven hits came with runners on base
- Keisling had three hits in the game, including singles in her first three at bats
Rollins return to action on Sunday, February 26, when they return home to host Kentucky State at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. First pitch in game one of Sunday’s double header is set for 1 p.m. Fane who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.
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