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Tars Win in Extras over Pace
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 03/14/2012
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WINTER PAR, Fla. (March 14, 2012) - With one out and bases loaded, senior Kevin Mager laced a ball through the left side to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Pace Setters in extra innings Wednesday night. 

Rollins (15-6) took the early lead in the opening frame putting up one run.  Nick Adams scored the Tars' first run on an RBI single by Zach Persky after Adams reached safely on a bloop single to center and then moved to second on a grounder to short, followed by a wild pitch to third.

The short-lived lead was brought to a halt in the top of the second as the Setters scored a run of their own.  Rollins went scoreless through three innings before managing to plate a run in the fifth.  By this time, Rollins trailed Pace 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.  Brian Lattanzi scored Rollins' run on a Pace (5-5) wild pitch after escaping a potential double-play on a ball lined out to the shortstop by Josh Band.

After another scoreless three innings, the Tars put together a late-inning rally in the ninth and pushed a run across with two outs on the board.  Kevin Mager led off the inning with a shot up the middle and moved to second on a passed ball.  Mager then moved to third on a ground ball to second from Lattanzi.  On a 2-2 count, Pace catcher Steven Sterlacci let a ball get by him which allowed Mager to cross the plate and tie the ball game to head into extra innings.

Garrett Yount, who came in relief in the top of the ninth for Jack Murray, went 1-2-3 and did the same in the top of the 10th to keep the score tied at 3-all.

Hunter Mayfield got things started for the Tars in the bottom of the 10th with a lead-off single.  A grounder to first from Adams moved him into scoring position while a bobbled ball by the Setters shortstop allowed for bases to be loaded.  On a 0-1 pitch, Mager laced a ball through the left side to drive in Mayfield for the winning run.

Yount (2-1) earned the win in two innings of work, striking out two and allowing no walks, runs or hits.  His counterpart, Jonathan Hornung was charged with the loss going five innings on the hill.  He failed to record a strikeout and allowed three walks and two runs on five hits.

Rollins outhit their opponent 10-7 and were error-free on the night while Pace committed two costly defensive miscues. 

Persky, Mager and Mayfield each tallied two hits while Mayfield and Mager each scored a run.

The Tars will be back in action on Thursday, March 15 as they host the Wayne State Warriors at 6 p.m.  Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.


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