WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 1, 2017) – Rollins dropped a pair to Embry-Riddle at Martin Luther King, Jr. Stadium. With the defeats Embry-Riddle takes the season series from the Tars two games to one. The first game of the doubleheader was a back and fourth affair, but the Eagles were able to push one more run across, besting the Tars 5-4. The Embry-Riddle bats came alive in game two as the Eagles scored in the first three innings, eventually defeating Rollins 7-3. With the defeats Rollins moves to 23-18 on the year. Embry-Riddle improves to 20-19 with the victories.
The Tars used a committee of pitchers in both contests, with Sarah Piening, Amanda Guglietta and Grace Street each appearing in both games. The Tars also fell behind in both matches, giving up a pair of runs in the first, they now have surrendered 38 first inning runs on the year.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· A lead off walk came back to bite the Tars in the first, as the Eagles got on the board when Maggie Scott came home on a Kassidy Simon single, and Anna Battison later scored on a sacrifice fly.
· Chelsea Reed scored in the second for Rollins, reaching on a single, and crossing the plate on an Eagle error. However, Embry-Riddle manufactured a run in their next at bat reestablished a two run lead in the top of third.
· The Tars equalized in the bottom of the third. Rollins loaded the bases with no outs, and Chandler Middlebrook sent a single up the middle, scoring Hali Marshall and Hailee Keisling.
· Embry-Riddle took the lead back, scoring a run in the top of the fifth, making the score 4-3. Rollins responded though, Rachel Minier, with the heads up base-running, advanced home from second when Brianne Lint reached safely on a fielder's choice to the shortstop.
· The Eagles took the lead back for good in the sixth, sending a runner home on Eryn Chester's RBI single.
· The Eagles jumped on the Tars in game two, putting up two runs in the first frame. Hailee Keisling tried to spark the Tars, hitting a leadoff homerun over the right center field in the Tars’ half of the frame. But, Embry-Riddle came back with aggressive base running and timely hitting to tally four runs in the second, growing their lead to 6-1 after two innings.
· Maggie Scott sent home the Eagles seventh run, tallying a third inning RBI with her second double of the contest.
· Illona Andringa retired 12 straight Tars, following the leadoff homerun. Chelsea Reed ended the streak with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth. she eventually came around to score on an Abigail Sexton RBI single, making the score 7-2.
· Reed made it 7-3, leading off the seventh with a towering homerun down the left field line. The Tars then loaded the bases with two outs, but could not get another run across, falling 7-3.
· This marks the second consecutive season the Tars have taken the opener from the Eagles before being swept in the doubleheader.
· Rollins is now 4-4 all-time against Embry-Riddle.
· The Tars 38 runs given up in the first is the most Rollins has given up in any inning this season.
· Chelsea Reed, Hailee Keisling and Brianne Lint all occupy room in the top-10 of the SSC’s homerun list.
· Reed’s game two homerun moved her into a tie for ninth on Rollins career list, with 19 career four-base-hits.
· Keisling’s three hits today give her 211 for her career, 12 away from tying Kelly Cruz for third all-time.
· Michelle Frew is now 764-319-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
Rollins will close out their eight game home stand, and their non-conference schedule with a midweek double-header against Flagler. Game one between the Tars and the Saints is set to begin at 5 p.m.