WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – The Tars used a balanced effort to silence the Mount Olive Trojans, taking both games of a Thursday night double-header. With the wins the Tars move to 17-9 on the year. Mount Olive falls to 12-16 with the pair of defeats.
The Tars got solid pitching performances in both games. Both Sarah Piening and Grace Street went the distance and surrendered only one combined earned run. On offense the Tars got timely hitting; a trio of Tars recorded multiple RBI in game one, and Brianne Lint came up big in game two, driving in three runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Trojans jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of an early Rollins error to grab a 1-0 lead. However, the Tars would not let that stand for long. In the bottom of the first Abigail Sexton got the Tars on the board with a two out, RBI, single, driving home Chelsea Reed. Rachel Minier then tallied the first of her three hits on the game, a two RBI double down the left field line.
· Rollins extended their lead in the second when Hailee Keisling sent a ball over the wall in right field, making the score 4-1.
· Mount Olive would pull one run back in the fourth, but the Tars would ice the game away, putting up crooked numbers in both the fifth and sixth frames. Sarah Harrison slapped a two RBI triple in the fifth, and the Tars manufactured three runs in the sixth.
· Sarah Piening retired the Trojans in order in the seventh, including striking out Kelsey Hayes to clinch the contest for Rollins.
· Mount Olive jumped out to an early lead, again scoring a run in the top of the first. But, again, Rollins would pull back, scoring a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Kacie Booth reached on a bunt single, advanced on a Chelsea Reed double, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Abigail Sexton.
· The Tars waited until fourth to jump out on top. Tayler Holt started the rally with a single to right field, then Hali Marshall made it two runners on with a bunt single. Holt then came around to score when a Hailee Keisling grounder hit off the glove of the Trojans’ shortstop. Brianne Lint came to plate later in the inning, with the bases loaded, and cleared the field with a three RBI double, making the score 5-1 in favor of the Tars.
· Mount Olive pulled one run back in the sixth when Kayla Allen homered to center field. The Trojans’ centerfielder came up again in the seventh, with two runners on base, but this time Grace Street got her to fly out to left field to end the ball game.
· Rachel Minier (2B) – 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 Run
· Kayla Allen (CF) – 1-2, 2B, 1 RBI
· Sarah Piening – W, CG, 4 Hits, 2 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 3 SO
· Emily Chaisson – L, CG, 9 Runs, 8 Earned Runs, 2 SO
· For Chelsea Reed her game one RBI gave her 106 for her career, tying her for tenth in Rollins history, her game two run was her 110th, also placing her tenth in the Tars’ record book; also in game two, her first inning double tied her for tenth all-time.
· Hailee Keisling moved into a three way tie for fifth in Rollins history with 194 hits. The senior is now just six hits away from becoming only the fifth Tar to reach 200.
· Keisling’s game one homerun extended the Tars’ Sunshine State Conference leading total to 15.
· The Tars also turned a double play in both contests, moving their total on the year to 15, more than double the next highest total in the SSC.
· Sarah Harrison failed to reach base for the first time as a Tar in game two. The freshman had reached base safely in her first 24 consecutive collegiate contests.
· Abigail Sexton’s game two RBI gave her 20 for the year, Rollins now stands one-two in the SSC in RBI, Reed leads the conference with 25, Sexton is now alone in second place.
· Piening moved into sole possession of second place on the SSC win list. The freshman is 10-3 on the year and one win behind Tampa’s Makaleigh Dooley for the lead.
· Michelle Frew is now 759-310-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars conclude their busy week of non-conference action with a double header against American International, tomorrow, Friday, March 10. The first pitch of game one is scheduled for 6 p.m.