WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 7, 2017) – Rollins split their non-conference double-header against Lander; walking off with a 5-4 win in game one, before dropping game two by a score of 4-3. The Tars move to 15-9 on the year, while the Bearcats progress to 10-14.
Grace Street got to play hero for the Tars in game one, slapping a RBI single up the middle to win game one. A comeback attempt by the Tars fell short in game two, however, as the Bearcats earned the split.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Rollins jumped out to an early lead, scoring one in the first when Sarah Harrison came home on a Kacie Booth sacrifice fly.
· Both teams put a pair of runs on the board in the second. The Bearcats took the lead briefly on an Emily Marousek two run homerun. But, the Tars recovered in the bottom of the frame when Chelsea Reed lead off the inning with the homerun. Hailee Keisling then recaptured the Tars lead with an RBI single.
· Lander jumped back in front scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth frames.
· The Tars came up in the seventh with the game on the line, and responded in kind. Brianne Lint lead off the inning with a double off the wall in left center. Reed gave the Tars two base runners with a single. Abigail Sexton drove in the equalizer with a single down the right field line, paving the way for Grace Street who sent the ball up the middle for the walk-off base hit.
· Lander jumped on the board first, manufacturing a run in the first inning, but Rollins responded in the second. The Tars took the lead when Hailee Keisling smacked an RBI single into right center, scoring Rachel Minier and Abigail Sexton.
· Lander evened the score in the third when Destiny Clyde scored on an error.
· Both defenses controlled the next three innings, as both teams’ offences went stagnant
· Lander put up two runs in the top of the seventh, to leave the Tars with work to do in their final at bat. Keisling tried to spark a rally when the lefty sent a ball over the right field wall. But, Rollins could not complete another comeback.
· Chelsea Reed (CF) – 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Run, SB
· Chandler Carey (C) – 2-3, 2B, 2 Runs
· Sarah Piening – W, 2.0 IP, 1 Hit, 1 Run, 0 Earned Runs, 3 SO
· Brianna Surrento – 4.1 IP, 7 Hits, 3 Runs, 2 SO
· Grace Street’s game one walk-off was her second walk-off hit as a Tar
· Prior to the seventh inning of game one the Tars were batting 1-14 with runners in scoring position.
· Chelsea Reed sits at 105 RBI, one off the Tars’ top-ten all-time list.
· Sarah Piening moves into a tie for first place in the Sunshine State Conference with 9 wins on the year.
· Reed’s game one homerun moved her into a tie with teammate Brianne Lint for most in the SSC
· Hailee Keisling jumped into seventh on the Rollins all-time hit list with her seventh inning homerun of game two. The senior is just seven hits away from becoming just the fifth Tar to tally 200 hits.
· Michelle Frew is now 757-310-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
Rollins continues their non-conference home stand against Mount Olive on Thursday, March 9. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6 p.m.