BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 18, 2012) - The No. 13 Tars (23-4, 6-0) finished off the three game sweep of the Fighting Knights of Lynn University Sunday afternoon, taking game one 9-0 in run rule fashion while squeaking by 5-2 in game two, needing three runs in the seventh to secure the sweep.
After the slow start in Saturday afternoon's game, Rollins came out swinging early Sunday, scoring three runs in the top half of the first in game one.
The Tars led off the game with back to back walks drawn by junior Aimee Halpin and sophomore Veronica Alred. After Halpin and Alred both moved up on a wild pitch, senior Monica Meadows drove in the first Rollins run on an infield single to third, scoring Halpin.
Alred and Meadows would both later come around to score in the inning thanks to a sacrifice fly and a Knights miscue respectively.
After Lynn went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, Rollins would add to their lead, scoring one, courtesy of an Alred RBI double that drove in Halpin, to push to the lead to 4-0 after two.
After a scoreless third, Rollins poured it on in the fourth, scoring five runs on four hits. Both senior Hope Bitzer and senior Meredith Foster drove in two runs in the inning, with Bitzer plating two on a single to right and Foster doubling to deep left to drive in two more.
Starter Amye McIntyre (7-2) coasted the rest of the way, including striking out the side in bottom half of the fifth, to secure the win for her seventh win of the Year. McIntyre gave up just one hit while striking out eight in five innings pitched.
Kasey Murray (0-7) took the loss for the Knights as she couldn't get out of the second inning, giving up four runs, three earned, in 1.2 innings of work.
Meadows went 2-4 with two runs scored and one RBI in game one.
Game two was a completely different story as the Tars found themselves trailing for the first time in the series. The Knights used small ball to get to Rollins starter Bitzer, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to three bunts, a Tars error, and two hits, neither of which left the infield.
It wasn't until the third that the Tars were able to restore order. After Meadows drew a one out walk, Bitzer followed with a double to the left center field wall to score Meadows. Bitzer would then come around to score on a Lawna Hunter single to tie the score at 2-2.
Neither team would score again until the seventh. Halpin led off the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Alred. Meadows would follow with an infield single to advance Halpin to third. Meadows would then steal second to put runners on second and third with one out.
The Knights chose to intentionally walk Bitzer to load the bases to create a force opportunity everywhere, bringing up Hunter.
Hunter would answer the call, sending the 2-1 pitch from Lynn pitcher Missy Montgomery to right, just deep enough to score Halpin on the sacrifice fly to take the lead for good.
Rollins would add two more in the inning for good measure to put it out of reach at 5-2.
The Knights would threaten in the bottom of the inning but Bitzer (12-2) stranded two Lynn base runners to secure the win and the sweep. Bitzer went the distance for her tenth complete game of the year, fourth shutout, giving up two runs, zero earned, on six hits.
Montgomery (1-8) suffered the loss for the Knights, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits in three innings of work.
Rollins will be back in action Friday, Mar. 24th, when they travel to Tampa to take on conference foe, the University of Tampa Spartans, in a three game series. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.
*Notes: Meadows extended her hit streak to eight games, raising her average to a team leading .400