WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 25, 2017) – After a decisive victory over Embry-Riddle on Friday, the Tars look for the sweep with their Saturday double header with the Eagles.
Rollins earned their ninth win of the season, improving to 9-2 on the season after defeating the Eagles in the first game of the afternoon. In the second matchup, the Tars trailed for the duration of the game until an offensive explosion pushed seven runs across the plate in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Unfortunately, Rollins was unable to maintain the momentum and gave the lead back to Embry-Riddle, with a final score of 14-10.
Rollins ends the weekend with an overall record of 9-3, and the Eagles improved to 4-9 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
AJ Chacon gave up his only runs of the game in the second inning, allowing two earned runs, before settling in to toss 4.2 innings and earning his third win of the season.
Rollins would hold on for the win, scoring four more insurance runs across the fourth, fifth and eighth innings. In the eighth, Peter Nicoletto and Brian Brooker paired up for back to back singles with runners on base to score the final two runs for the Tars, which put the game out of reach.
Embry-Riddle and the Tars both had a quiet start to game two, going scoreless for the first three innings. The Eagles jumped on Rollins starting pitcher, Brian Auerbach in the fourth inning. Justin Franklin of ERAU homered to deep right center field with two runners on base. The Eagles continued to hit well, driving three more doubles in the inning. Rollins came back to score twice in their half of the inning thanks to Peter Nicoletto’s fourth triple of the season. The visitors still led the game 5-2.
Embry-Riddle would score three more times in the fifth inning due to key base running and timely hitting, and once more in the seventh, which turned out to be key for the Eagles.
The Tars were held in check for most of the game, going scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. Brian Brooker set the tone for the inning, stepping up to the plate with the bases chucked and blasting a single to right field, scoring the first run of the inning. Junior catcher, Teddy Meissner doubled to bring in two more Tars runs. A bases-loaded walk followed by a hit batter led to two more runs for Rollins. With the bases-still loaded, Nick Breen hits a shot down the right field line for a 2 RBI double, and tying the game at nine apiece.
Unfortunately, Rollins was unable to hold onto the momentum after the ninth inning comeback, giving up five runs in the top of the 12th inning, falling to the Eagles 14-10.
· Mike Purcell (RC): 3-5, 2 R, RBI
· Brian Brooker (RC): 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
· AJ Chacon (RC) 4.1 IP, W, 2 ER, 2 K
· Cody Bogart (ERAU): 2-4, 2 R
· Troy Naab (ERAU): 5.2 IP, L, 4 ER, 8 K
· Nick Breen (RC): 2-6, R, 2 RBI
· Teddy Meissner (RC): 2-5, R, 2 RBI
· Gerret Leonard (RC): 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 K
· Justin Franklin (ERAU): 2-6, 2 R, 5 RBI
· Christopher Medina (ERAU): 3-7, 2 R, RBI
· Kenny Brukhead (ERAU): 8.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 K
· AJ Chacon is second on the team in wins, earning his third of the year after throwing 4.2 innings
· Earning three hits in the first contest, Mike Purcell leads the Tars with a .375 batting average
· Peter Nicoletto’s fourth triple of the season is his 15th all-time; bumping him up to the lone spot for second place in the Rollins College record book.
· After splitting the double header, Rollins and Embry-Riddle are still tied all-time at 12 wins per side.
The Tars return to action on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., as they take on Assumption College to kick off the Tars’ Annual Baseball Week Competition. 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.