WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 17, 2017) – Another stellar outing on the mound by sophomore starting pitcher Brad Case, coupled with timely hitting from the Rollins offense led the Tars to their fifth victory of the season, defeating Bentley 7-0. With the win, Rollins moves to 5-2 on the season, and Bentley drops to 0-4 in their young campaign.
In his 7.0 innings of work, Brad Case punched-out six of the opposing batters, and only walked three. At the plate, Peter Nicoletto led the way for the Tars earning three hits and driving in three RBI. Sophomore Isaiah Russell was also hard to get out, going 3-4 in the game, all singles.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Mike Purcell and Christopher Corbett both singled in the bottom of the first inning, setting the table for centerfielder, Peter Nicoletto. The centerfielder hit the first pitch he saw, driving the ball over the Bentley leftfielder, earning two RBI and his second triple this year.
Junior infielder, Grant Ashline slugged his first homer of the season in the bottom of the third inning, extending the Tars lead 3-0 over the Bentley Falcons. The Rollins bats remained quiet until the sixth inning, where the Tars were able to combine for four hits and tally two more runs. The inning was led off by a Peter Nicoletto double, followed by a Philip Burket RBI single. Burket was driven in by Isaiah Ruessell, giving Rollins the 5-0 lead.
The Tars never let up, scoring in the next two innings. Purcell led off the seventh inning with a gap shot for a double, and Nicoletto drove in the insurance run with his third hit of the game. Rollins extended their lead in the following inning with a lead off single by Russell, and Christopher Corbett later drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left field.
· Brad Case (RC) – Win, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K
· Bill Sullivan (BEN) – Loss, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER
· Peter Nicoletto (RC) – 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI
· Mike Purcell (RC) – 2-3, 2 R, 2B
· Isaiah Russell (RC) – 3-4, R, RBI
· Ryan Bernardino (BEN) – 2-4
· In his seven innings of work, Brad Case had four innings where he only faced three batters.
· Utility Man, Mike Purcell has hit safely in all seven games this season and has a nine-game hitting streak, extending back to last year.
· Rollins is now 33-8 all-time against Bentley
The Tars square off against Southern Connecticut State on Saturday, February 18th at Alfond Stadium. Game time is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. Rollins wraps up the two-game series with Bentley at Noon on Sunday, February 19th. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Rollins baseball team, fans can visit RollinsSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.