WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 18, 2017) – The Tars split their season concluding doubleheader, losing their series, against No. 14 Saint Leo two games to one. Saint Leo captured the first game, 12-8, to secure the three game. Rollins responded with a 6-3 win in the finale. The Tars move to 29-24 overall, and 11-13 in Sunshine State Conference play. Saint Leo remains at the top of the SSC with a record of 37-13, and 17-7 in conference play.
Game one was a back and forth affair. The Tars took an early lead, then ultimately made a dramatic comeback in the top of the seventh to give themselves a chance, however, a walkoff grad slam gave game one to Saint Leo. Rollins grabbed a lead in the middle innings of game two, and were able to hold on for the win, forcing the Lions to strand 10 runners on base.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Tars jumped out to a four run lead in the second inning. Seniors Claire Hamilton and Hailee Keisling each registered RBI doublesin the frame. The Lions, however, clawed back, putting up a run in the bottom of the inning.
· Rachel Minier drove in Chelsea Reed, after the centerfielder stole a pair of bases, resecuring the Tars four run lead at 5-1.
· Saint Leo put up three runs in the fifth to pull the Lions within one, making the score 5-4.
· The Tars got one run in the fifth, coming on Brianne Lint's first homerun of the contest. But the Lions put up another three spot to take the lead heading into the final two frames.
· Rollins, trailing by two, got a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, Lint hit her second homerun, and Grace Street drove in Reed with an RBI single.
· The Tars could not overcome a leadoff double by the Lions in the bottom of the seventh, eventually succumbing to a walk-off grand slam by Amanda James.
· An RBI single gave Saint Leo a first inning 1-0 lead.
· The Tars put up two runs in both the third and fourth frames. Chandler Middlebrook drove in Sarah Harrison for one run, and a Grace Street, two run, homerun brought the Tars lead to 4-1.
· Hailee Keisling hit a solo shot in the fifth, which was cancelled out by another RBI single by the Lions, leaving the score 5-2 after five innings of play.
· Saint Leo fought back, scoring in the sixth, but an insurance run generated when Chelsea Reed drove in Harrison put the game away.
· Street retired the Lions in order in the seventh, making sure the Tars avoided the sweep.
· Brianne Lint (DP) – 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
· Samantha Ohmie (1B) – 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
· Sarah Piening – L, CG, 12 Runs, 4 SO
· Stephanie Adkins – W, 1.0 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 1 SO
· With their game one loss the Tars failed to reach the 30 win plateau, breaking a 16 year streak.
· Hailee Keisling's game two homerun gave her 224 hits in her career, moving her into third all-time on the Rollins hit list.
· Chelsea Reed will graduate with 197 hits, sixth most in Rollins history.
· Brianne Lint's two game one homeruns move her into a tie for second in the SSC.
· Rollins closes the 2017 campaign with 40 homeruns, 12 more than any other team in the SSC, and 29 double plays, also 12 more than the second highest total in the league.
· Michelle Frew moves to 770-324-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
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