WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 3, 2017) – After a slow start, Rollins completed a six-run comeback for a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mike Purcell smashed a single over the centerfielder’s head with the bases loaded, to score the tying and go ahead run.
With Wednesday’s walk-off victory, Tars improve the 13-4 on the season, and 4-1 in Baseball Week contests. Concordia falls to 0-9 on the season with three more games left to play during Baseball Week.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Concordia jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs with two outs in the second inning. The Clippers took advantage of a couple of free bases, wild pitches and timely hitting by Jaylin Martinez.
· The Clippers lead was extended in the next two innings, again taking advantage of walks issued by Tars pitchers and four timely hits to score four runs. At the end of the fifth, Concordia led the Tars 7-1.
· Rollins continued to battle in the sixth inning, when the top of the Tars order had three hits in a row to put two runners across the plate, making the score 7-3.
· Christopher Corbett showed off a little pop with a solo shot in the eighth inning, letting the Tars pull within one run.
· A bottom of the ninth inning rally had Rollins with bases loaded for most of the inning, allowing Mike Purcell to deliver a hard-hit ball to the center field wall to score the winning run. Tars win 8-7.
· Mike Purcell (RC): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI
· Peter Nicoletto (RC): 2-4, 3B, 3 R, RBI
· Stephen Nigro (CONN): 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
· Whit Drennan (RC): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 K
· Peter Byrnes (CONN): 6.0 IP, 3 ER
· Peter Nicoletto’s was his sixth in 2017, the most of any player in Division II baseball.
· Nicoletto also extended his lead as the Rollins all-time triples leader with 21 career triples.
· Mike Purcell’s 2 RBI single was his first walk-off hit of 2017.
Rollins begins conference play Friday, March 10 as the Tars host Eckerd for a three-game series. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. For the latest news, updates, and information on Rollins baseball, 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.