WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 24, 2017) – Tars ace, Brad Case had another fantastic outing as he earned his fourth win on the season, as Rollins defeats SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle by a score of 11-2. Rollins improves to 8-2 on young 2017 campaign, while Embry-Riddle falls to 3-8 overall.
Case, a sophomore RHP from Pelham, N.Y. struck out nine Eagles in the night, making it difficult for Embry-Riddle to get anything going on offense. Case threw seven full innings, walked no batters and only tallied one earned run on four hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Embry-Riddle jumped on Case early in the game, the Eagles took 1-0 lead in the top of the first after pair of hits and a sac fly off the bat of Jonathan Camp. Case would later settle in, not allowing another earned run after the first inning. Rollins answered in their half of the first, thanks to an early throwing error followed by a RBI single by senior captain, Christopher Corbett.
In the second inning, the Tars continue to apply pressure on the Eagles. Mike Dolan slugged his first HR of the season, a towering two-run shot to left field, putting Rollins on top, 3-1. The Tars scored once more in the inning as Mike Purcell singled in another run.
Embry-Riddle showed some life in the top of the third, scoring once to pull within one run thanks to an Eagles double and a fielding error. However, Rollins kept their foot on the gas in the third inning, earning three more runs thanks to some patience at the plate and a good piece of hitting by Grant Ashline to earn an RBI single.
Heading into the fourth inning, Rollins had a 7-2 lead but the Tars wanted more. Peter Nicoletto led the way with a single to start the inning, followed by a pair of walks. In total, the Tars had three hits, three walks, a pair of stolen bases and ended up scoring four runs. Rollins would ride the 11-2 lead to the end of the game, thanks to lights out pitching by Brad Case and a stellar 2017 debut for LHP Whit Drennan.
· Mike Purcell (RC): 2-4, 2 RBI, BB
· Mike Dolan (RC): 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
· Kyle Guttveg (ERAU): 2-4, 2B, 2 R
· Brad Case (RC): Win, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 9 K
· Nick Dearing (ERAU): 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2K
· Rollins tied the all-time record vs Embry-Riddle at 11 games apiece after Friday night's win
· With his home run Friday evening, Mike Dolan is the fourth Tar to hit a HR in 2017
· Dr. Jon Sjogren is now 302-278-3 as head coach at Rollins College
Rollins baseball returns to action Saturday, Feb. 25, as they take Embry-Riddle in a double header starting at 1 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.