WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 6, 2011) - After a late rally by the Tars tied the score at five runs apiece, Rollins fell 7-5 in the ninth to the Saint Leo Lions Friday night at Alfond Stadium. The Tars fall to 26-22 on the year and 5-14 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Tony Brunetti and Brian Lattanzi each got three hits off the Lions as Rollins recorded double-digit hits for the seventh consecutive game. Lattanzi had two doubles, a run scored, and one RBI, while Brunetti added a stolen base.
Rollins rallied late in the game after two ties and being down by three runs in the eighth. The Tars scored their usually first inning run, followed by a lone run in the third and fourth. Zach Persky and Brian Lattanzi scored Rollins' two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Persky led off the (eighth) inning with a single up the middle and scored on a Lattanzi double to right center. Three batters later, Lattanzi scored on a ground out to second.
With the score all knotted up, Rollins ran into some trouble in the ninth after loading the bases on back-to-back hits and an intentional walk. Rollins was able to get the second out of the inning at home to preserve the tie, but gave up a run on a bases loaded walk, followed by a two-out single.
Right-handed hurler Garrett Yount (5-4) was charged with the loss in two-thirds of an inning on the hill. He gave up two runs on three hits.
Saint Leo second baseman Ryan Brnovich managed three hits off the Tars, along with two RBIs and a run scored. Reliever Henry Johnson (2-1) picked up his second win of the season in one inning of work. Johnson gave up one hit. Closer Austin Buck earned the save with one inning on the mound, giving up one walk.
Rollins wraps up the weekend series with Saint Leo tomorrow afternoon on Senior Day as 10 senior members will be honored for their hard work and dedication. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. Fans can catch all the live action on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.