WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 9, 2012) - After an overpowering victory over Wayne State the night before, the Tars returned to Alfond Stadium early the next day and took down the Indianapolis Greyhounds 5-2 Friday afternoon.
Led by a strong pitching performance from Taylor Smith who earned his third win of the season went seven innings on the mound and struck out six batters. He gave up three walks and allowed one run on four hits. His counterpart, Donovan Drake, was charged with the loss in six innings of work. He fanned a game-high nine, allowing no walks, but gave up four runs on seven hits.
Rollins (13-5) got off to a slow starting scoring a lone run in the second frame. Kevin Mager scored the first run of the game on a Sean Reilly RBI double after reaching base on a double to left center and then advancing to third on a passed ball.
Indianapolis evened the score in the top of the fourth, but the Tars responded in the following two innings with a run in the fifth and another two in the sixth. Josh Band crushed a ball over the right field wall in the fifth, his first of the season, to put Rollins up 2-1. In the sixth, Mager plated Zach Persky from second and was then driven in by Reilly on a RBI single.
The Greyhounds (2-1) cut the deficit in half in the top of the eighth scoring a lone run. Rollins tacked on a final run in the home half to extend their lead to 5-2 for the final score. The Tars outhit their opponent 9-5 and were error-free while the Indy Greyhounds committed two errors on the day.
Persky and Reilly each had two hits while Persky added a pair of doubles and runs scored and Reilly two RBIs and a double.
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