WINTER PARK, Fla. – Shortstop Justin Yount led the Rollins College baseball team with three RBIs and three runs scored to deny Division I foe, Georgetown, 9-2 in both teams Baseball Week opene, Monday evening at Alfond Stadium.
A native of Silvis, Ill., Yount was 3-for-5 with a triple and a walk to lead Rollins (13-6) to its fifth-consecutive victory. Fellow infielder Ryan Luker was 2-for-5 with a double and home run to increase his season total to seven homers.
Centerfielder Taylor Ferguson was also 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored to continue the offensive surge. Ferguson is now batting .441 with 20 runs scored and 19 RBIs.
Starter Tim Griffin (4-0) went seven innings with six strike outs and allowed just two runs off four hits to remain perfect on the season. Freshman Taylor Smith pitched the final two innings and surrendered just one hit and two walks in the appearance.
For the Hoyas (2-7), Jimmy Saris (1-2) suffered the loss allowing seven runs, four earned, on 13 hits in just six innings of work. Pablo Vinent came in for relief in the seventh and remained in the game until the ninth when Bobby Kirby closed out the final frame.
Dan Godefroi provided the lone highlight for Georgetown when he jacked a two-run fifth inning home run, but it would be the only time the Hoyas would get on the board.
After two scoreless innings, Rollins broke the tie with two runs in the third. Yount drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a Taylor Ferguson single up the middle. After an error by the shortstop on a Luker groundball, Yount scored. Catcher Ben Hewett followed with a rope down the left field line to record the RBI when Ferguson scored.
The Tars added another pair of runs in the fourth after again capitalizing on another error by the Hoyas’ shortstop. Designated hitter Eugene Martinez reached on the throwing error to lead off the frame. He eventually scored on a Yount RBI single that found the hole through the right side. Ferguson followed with a double to right center scoring Yount from first.
Leading 4-0, Rollins again put two more runs on the scoreboard when Martinez and Yount both recorded RBI hits.
The Hoyas denied the shutout in the fifth with the Godefroi two-run shot, but Rollins answered with the Luker solo shot in the sixth and secured the victory in the seventh with, again, two more runs.
The Tars will now prepare to host Baseball for a Cure, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society-Search for a Cure for Breast Cancer. All gate receipts from each game, concession revenue, proceeds from apparel sales, and individual contributions will be donated to the cause. Penn and Georgetown kick off the event at 11:00 a.m. with Rollins and Maine to follow at 2:30 p.m.