WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 31, 2017) – Rollins snapped a four game losing streak, shutting out Sunshine State Conference provisional member Embry-Riddle, 2-0, in the opener of their three game series. With the win the Tars improve to 23-16 on the year, while the Eagles fall below the .500 mark, at 18-19 on the year.
Rollins sent three pitchers to the circle to hold Embry-Riddle scoreless. Sarah Piening got the start, Amanda Guglietta came in for relief, and earned the victory, and Grace Street slammed the door on the Eagles, earning the save. Both Rollins’ runs came in the first when leadoff batter Hailee Keisling and cleanup batter Brianne Lint both sailed the ball over the right field fence.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Tars jumped out to an early lead courtesy of the long ball. Hailee Keisling led off the Rollins half of the inning by sending the ball over the right field wall. Brianne Lint doubled the Tars' advantage with a homerun to right center.
· Sarah Piening escaped the second inning, getting defensive help from Rachel Minier, the second baseman fielded a groundball and delivered a strike to Abigail Sexton at the plate, throwing out pinch runner Natalie Morales trying to score.
· Amanda Guglietta retired the first seven batters she faced in the circle. The freshman retired two Eagles in the top of the fifth before she was replaced by Grace Street. Street struck out Maggie Scott to keep Embry-Riddle scoreless in the frame.
· Street stayed in to pitch the seventh, earning the save by striking out Destiny Carroll for the final out.
· Chelsea Reed moved into sole possession of eighth place on the Tars’ all-time hit list with 181, and moved into a tie for eighth with 34 career doubles.
· Hailee Keisling’s homerun was her second leadoff shot as a Tar.
· Brianne Lint moves into a three-way tie for first in the SSC with six homeruns.
· Rollins now has 24 homeruns as a team, seven more than the next highest team in the conference.
· The win for Amanda Guglietta was her first collegiate victory, in her second appearance in the circle.
· Grace Street’s save was her first as a Tar, in her fifth relief appearance on the season.
· Rollins has shutout five opponents on the year.
· Michelle Frew is now 765-317-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars and the Eagles will conclude their three game series with a double-header tomorrow, April, 1. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.