WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 24, 2017) – Rollins allowed two first-inning runs, which proved to be the difference as the Tars fell to Florida Tech 3-1 to open a home three-game, Sunshine State Conference set.

The Tars (22-14) had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t push the winning run across.

Brianne Lint hit 2-3, including a double, with a run scored to lead Rollins at the plate. Hailee Keisling, Sarah Harrison and Chandler Middlebrook also had base knocks for the Tars.

Florida Tech (17-17) scattered its offensive production with six different players getting one-hit each. Makayla Palmer drove in a run and Julianna Goldberg went 1-4 with an RBI double.

Sarah Piening took the loss in the circle for the Tars, surrendering three runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Rachel Pence earned the victory for Tech, allowing five hits and one unearned run while fanning six.

Rollins and Florida Tech will meet in an SSC doubleheader at MLK Jr. Park on Saturday, March 25 with game one starting at 1 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
•    FIT jumped on the Tars early with two runs in the first. Alexus Smith drew a lead-off walk and eventually scored on a Vanessa Rubio fielder’s choice. Hailey Leonard added the second run, scoring after a Palmer strikeout.
•    Rollins put two on the second off a Lint single and FIT error, but both were left stranded.  
•    The Tars kept Tech off the board and continued to get runners on base, but couldn’t get the big hit. Rollins left seven on base in the third through sixth innings.
•    Tech added a run in the top of the fifth on a Goldberg RBI double that scored Rachel Kraak.
•    Rollins made a rally in the last of the seventh, with Sarah Harrison and Chandler Middlebrook each getting singles to lead things off. After a Reed fielder’s choice and steal, Lint was walked to load the bases. Rachel Minier struck out and Abigail Sexton battled to a nine-pitch at bat, fouling off the last six pitches before eventually fouling out to the shortstop and ending the game.  

NOTES:
•    Rollins drops to 51-48 all-time against Florida Tech.
•    Hailee Keisling is just one hit away from fourth on the Tars all-time list with 204.
•    Chelsea Reed is now 11-of-11 in stolen bases.
•    Rollins is second in the SSC with 63 stolen bases.
•    Michelle Frew is now 764-315-1 in her 22nd season leading the Tars.

NEXT:
The Tars and Panthers will play two at MLK Jr. Park on Saturday, March 25. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.