Tars Can’t Get Past Panthers in Doubleheader
The Tars drop to 22-16 overall and 5-7 in SSC play while Florida Tech improves to 19-17 overall and 4-5 in the league.
The Tars could only muster three hits in the opener and just once had a runner on third. Grace Street scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs in seven innings of work, but still took the loss in the circle.
In game two the Tars fell into an early 1-0 hole before scoring three in the bottom of the first, all on a Chandler Middlebrook homer. A five-run FIT second again put Rollins down and they were forced to play catch-up the rest of the afternoon. Middlebrook hit another one out of the park in the fifth to make it a one-run game, but the Tars couldn’t keep the momentum going and fell by one. Sarah Piening took the loss, throwing 1.1 innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits.
Rollins will look to bounce back March 31-April 1 hosting Embry-Riddle in a three-game series at MLK Jr. Park.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Tech banged out three hits and scored two runs in the top of the first to grab an early lead.
• Rollins threatened in the second after Brianne Lint led off with a single and Abigail Sexton reached on a one-out error. Lint eventually made her way to third, but the Tars couldn’t come up with any runs.
• FIT pitchers Amanda Kahan and Rachel Pence then took over as the Tars would get just one more hit the rest of the way.
• Hailey Leonard tripled in the first and later scored after an error to give the Panthers and early 1-0 lead.
• Rollins offense came alive in its half of the first as Hailee Keisling led off with a single and was followed by Rachel Minier reaching safely on an error. Middlebrook then cleared the bases and gave the Tars a 3-1 advantage with a blast over the left field wall.
• FIT got those runs back and then some in the second and chased off Tars starter Piening. The Panthers scored five runs on five hits, highlighted by a Alexus Smith homer, to put the Tars down 6-3.
• Both teams went scoreless the next four innings.
• Middlebrook led off the Tars fifth with a solo homerun and Sexton later scored on an error to pull the Tars to within 6-5. However, that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way.
• Rollins drops to 51-50 all-time against Florida Tech.
• Hailee Keisling had two hits and is now fourth on the Tars all-time list with 206.
• Chelsea Reed is now 11-of-11 in stolen bases.
• The Tars current four-game slide is its’ longest of the season.
• Michelle Frew is now 764-317-1 in her 22nd season leading the Tars.
The Tars host Embry-Riddle on a three-game series, starting with a single game on Friday March 31 and April 1 doubleheader. Fans can follow all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.