WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 31, 2012) - Freshman Brett Mueller pitched his first collegiate complete game in the series finale as the Tars took game three by a score of 6-2. A two-hour rain delay pushed back the start of the day as Rollins dropped a 7-5 heartbreaker in game one of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
Mueller (3-0) went the complete seven innings on the mound for the Blue and Gold, giving up two runs on six hits and did not allow a walk for the second time this season. The southpaw gave up the first run of the game in the opening frame on a one-out single by Eric Grabe that saw Connor Obrachta cross the plate. The second came in the top of the seventh as Zach Gawrych led off the inning with a stand-up double and came around on a grounder to short.
After dropping yet another heartbreaker to the eighth-ranked Spartans in the first game of the day, Rollins scored runs in the first two innings with a three-run first followed by a pair of runs in the second.
Rollins rattled off back-to-back hits to start the first followed by a fielder's choice that put runners on the corners. A ball through the left side by Kevin Mager drove in Nick Adams for the first run of the frame. Brian Lattanzi then hit a bloop-single to right that saw Zach Persky cross the plate. Mager then scored the final run of the inning on a Brandon Curson fielder's choice.
In the bottom of the second, Boston Langley hit a two-run bomb that hit the scoreboard in right field to give Rollins a 5-1 lead. The Tars then added an insurance run in the fifth on a RBI single that drove in Persky.
Taking the loss for Tampa was right-hander Ben Brown as he went 5.0 innings on the mound. Brown gave up all six of Rollins' runs on 11 hits but struck out a game-high four and did not issue a walk.
Much like the previous day, eight of the nine on Rollin's starting lineup notched at least one hit. Persky finished the nightcap going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
In the first game of the day, Rollins was unable to hold onto their lead as they fell 7-5 to the Spartans. Tampa got on the board quick scoring one run in the second and another in the third. Rollins then made it a ball-game tying the score in the home half of the third.
UT then took back their lead in the top of the sixth as they scored another lone run. Rollins would not go down without a fight as they scored three runs in the eighth after they were held scoreless through four innings of play.
In the bottom of the eighth, Boston Langley gave Rollins a one-run lead on a two-run blast over the rightfielder's head, driving in pinch-runner Brett Flutie on the play. Kevin Mager, who reached on a two-out single, scored the Tars' fifth run of the game on single to center.
As has been the case, Rollins' bullpen has struggled in their last couple outings and was unable to keep the Tars' lead. Reliever Mike Herrmann (2-2), who faced four Tampa batters, gave up three runs on two hits and was charged with the loss. Herrmann's counterpart, Evan Stobbs, earned the win in 1.0 inning of work while Preston Packrall picked up his sixth save of the season and second against Rollins.
Zach Persky finished the first game of the day going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, a run scored and a home run (first collegiate home run).
Rollins concludes its lengthy home stand and will hit the road as they head to St. Petersburg for SSC action again the Eckerd Tritons on Thursday, April 5. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.