WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 17, 2017) – The Tars timely hitting in Sunday’s affair gave Rollins the edge, defeating the Bentley Falcons 7-6. With the victory, Rollins moves to 7-2 on the season, winning their last three games played.
Five Tars had extra base hits in the contest, three of which were triples. Peter Nicoletto stroked his third of the season, while Christopher Corbett and BJ Minarcin both hit their first three baggers this year. Freshman outfielder, Nick Santucci hit his third double of the season and drove in three RBI on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game started with a bang as lead-off batter BJ MInarcin drove a deep fly ball over the right fielder’s head for a triple. Minarcin was driven in as the first run of the game on a sac fly by the next batter, Nick Santucci.
The Falcons answered in the next inning, putting a couple of men on base thanks to a pair of singles. Both runners crossed the plate after Jake Pierce hit a high fly ball to right field that was dropped, giving Bentley a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Rollins was able to regain the lead in their half of the second, Brian Brooker drove in a run with a single to right field. Brooker later scored the second run of the inning when left fielder Mike Dolan drove him in with a line shot up the middle, giving the tars the 3-2 lead.
The Bentley offense was able to pull even again in the sixth. Brandon Grover and Ryan Berardino tied together a pair of hits to scrape together a run, in Caleb Jakes’ last inning of work.
Two frames later, the Rollins offense exploded to separate themselves from their opponent. Senior Captain, Christopher Corbett led off the inning with his first triple of the season. Peter Nicoletto answered with his own triple, scoring Corbett. The next batter drove in the centerfielder as he reached on a throwing error by the Falcon shortstop. Nick Santucci came in clutch with the bases loaded, scorching a double to right field which drove in two runs to extend the lead to 7-3.
Despite Bentley scoring three more runs in the game, the Tars defense was able to back up their pitchers to maintain their lead. Garrett Leonard earned the save on the game, his first of the season and the third Tar to earn a save.
· Nick Santucci (RC) – 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
· Brian Brooker (RC) – 2-3, 2 R, RBI
· Caleb Jakes (RC) – 6.0 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 K
· Brandon Grover (BEN) – 2-4, 3 R, 2B
· Drew Abramson (BEN) – 3-4, R, RBI
· Luke Dawson (BEN) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER
· With the victory on Sunday, Rollins improves to 34-8 all-time vs. Bentley
· With his third triple of the season, Peter Nicoletto moves up in the Rollins record book and is tied for second place with 14 career triples.
· BJ Minarcin’s triple was also his first in a Rollins uniform.
Tars return to action on Friday, February 24, 2017 as they take on SSC provisional member, Embry-Riddle at Alfond Stadium. Game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. 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.