FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 8, 2017) – Rollins and Nova Southeastern battled back and forth on the day, with each team earning one win. The Tars took game one in extra innings, defeating the Sharks 4-3 in eight frames, but Nova Southeastern responded with a come from behind 5-2 win in the second contest. Rollins now sits at 24-20 overall and 6-9 in Sunshine State Conference play. The Sharks are now 22-20 and 10-8 in SSC action.
The Tars game one victory snapped a five game conference losing streak, and assured the Tars avoided a second consecutive SSC sweep. The Tars, however, could not avoid dropping their first series to the Sharks since 2009.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Tars got on the board first, scoring once in the top of the second. Brianne Lint crossing home plate following an errant throw on a Rachel Minier bunt single.
· Dakota Villella tied the game up, stealing third and advancing home on an error by Abigail Sexton.
· Lint got the Tars back in front with a solo shot in the fourth.
· The Sharks got themselves back in front in the bottom of the frame, manufacturing runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
· Amanda Guglietta entered the circle in relief of Sarah Piening, and retired the first six batters she faced.
· The Tars were the beneficiary of a fielding mistake in the top of the seventh, Sarah Harrison equalizing the score on a bases loaded error by the Sharks.
· Another two out error gave the Tars the lead in the first extra frame. This time a ball off the bat of Harrison was bobbled by the Shark’s pitcher Erica Winter, which allowed Kacie Booth to score, making it 4-3. Guglietta gave up a two out single in the bottom of the frame, but that was all, as she held on to clinch the Tars’ victory.
· Rollins again jumped out to a lead in the top of the second; this time back-to-back, two out, doubles from Grace Street and Kacie Booth resulted in the Rollins 1-0 advantage.
· Booth drove in the Tars second run also, singling through the right side, and sending Rachel Minier across the plate.
· After being held dormant for five at bats the Sharks offence came alive in the bottom of the sixth. A leadoff triple ignited a five run inning, in which Nova Southeastern sent 10 players to the plate.
· Hailee Keisling managed a seventh inning single, but Rollins could not mount a rally.
· The Tars and Sharks both tallied nine hits, but Rollins stranded eight runners on the base paths.
· Brianne Lint (DP) – 2-4, HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs
· Samantha Gonzales (DP) – 2-3, 1 Run
· Amanda Guglietta – W, 4.2 IP, 3 Hits, 0 Runs, 1 SO
· Erica Winter – L, CG, 4 Runs, 2 Earned Runs, 2 SO
· Brianne Lint’s game one homerun was her seventh of the year tying her for second in the SSC.
· After four hits on the day, Hailee Keisling is now just eight away from moving into third on the Rollins all-time list.
· A game one diving catch by Rachel Minier started Rollins SSC leading 24th double play of the season, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
· The Tars are now 34-11 all-time against Nova Southeastern
· Michelle Frew is now 765-321-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program
Rollins will return to Winter Park for their last home series of the year. The Tars will be hosting the Lynn Fighting Knights in doubleheader action on Thursday, April 13, before concluding the series with a single game on Friday, April 14.