WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 8, 2011) - The Rollins baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader falling 13-8 in game one and capturing a 3-2 victory on a walk-off sacrifice in game two. Saturday also served as Senior Day as the Rollins baseball team honored 10 senior members.
Hitting well over .500 in both games combined, Kevin Mager was 4-7 on the day with four runs scored, three RBIs, a double, and his ninth triple of the year setting a new school record in triples in a season.
In game one, Rollins gave up a two run lead (7-5) in the eighth giving up eight runs to the Saint Leo Lions. The eighth inning alone saw three different Rollins arms as starting pitcher Steven Gropler faced six batters and was charged with the loss (3-1). The right-handed hurler worked 7 1/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on seven hits.
The Tars were kept scoreless in the home half of the inning, but put up a run in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Adams crossed the plate after reaching on double and taking third on a groundout to second. He then scored on another groundout to SLU pitcher Henry Johnson.
Adams finished 3-5 with two runs and a double. Tony Brunetti, Kevin Mager, and Sean Reilly each got two hits off the Lions.
Three Lions players picked up multiple hits off the Tars with Lions first baseman Anthony Santa getting three hits, while Chris Newcomb and Frank Rawdow had two. Reliever Rick Teasley (3-3) earned the win tossing 2 2/3 innings. He retired five of 11 batters faced giving up no runs on two hits.
Game two was a duel as the fans at Alfond Stadium were treated to some free baseball in the final home series of the season. Rollins held a one-run lead through two innings, but gave up a late run in the sixth. Lions third baseman Kory Wan evened the score at two runs apiece on a sacrifice fly after reaching on a double and advancing to third on a passed ball.
SLU put up a threat in the seventh placing two on base as lead-off batter Jason Hamm singled up the middle. Rollins starter Matt White, who received the no decision in seven innings on the hill, retired the next two batters, but gave up another hit to put runners on the corners. The Tars' defense then backed up White on the next batter as Rollins retired the inning on a groundout.
The Tars would go scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and would preserve the tie with a 1-2-3 top of the eighth by Cori Warren (1-1), who got the winning nod in one complete inning of work.
Kevin Mager, leading off in the bottom of the frame, started things off for Rollins reaching on a double on a 1-2 pitch. He then took third on a sacrifice bunt and remained at third on the next at-bat as the Lions intentionally walked Zach Persky. With runners on the corners, Greg Smith flied out to center scoring Kevin Mager for the win.
Mager, Sean Reilly, and Greg Smith each had two hits. Smith was 2-3 in the night cap with two RBIs and a run scored.
SLU catcher Jason Hamm had two hits off of Rollins, while Matt Smith (0-1) pitched a complete game for the loss.
Rollins will wrap up the 2011 season on the road for their final conference series. The Tars will square off with the Florida Southern Moccasins on Thursday, May 12 at Historic Henley Field in Lakeland, Fla. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Fans can catch all the live action at RollinsSports.com.