WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 22, 2017) – Rollins and Barry each salvaged a game in Sunshine State Conference double header action. Game one was a back and forth, 12 inning, marathon in which the Bucs walked-off with a homerun. In the rubber match of the three game set Rollins used a big first inning to capture a 10-5 win. After the two games Rollins now sits at 28-22, and 10-11 in SSC action. The Buccaneers move to 22-26 overall, and 10-14 in conference play.
The Tars hit very well on the day, scoring a combined 22 runs on 30 hits. Runners left on the base paths cursed both teams in their defeats; Rollins stranded 13 in game one, while Barry left 12 players on base in game two.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Rollins got on the board first when a pair of doubles resulted in Chandler Middlebrook driving in Sarah Harrison. The Bucs responded though, with the first four batters all recording hits, as the Bucs scored three in the bottom of the frame.
· The Tars grabbed the lead back in the third, sending five runners across the plate. The inning was highlighted by a Brianne Lint double, which scored Rachel Minier and Chelsea Reed.
· Minier came up second for the Tars in the fifth and blasted a solo homerun over the left field fence, making the score 7-3. However, Barry would storm back, tallying five runs in the bottom of the fifth, four coming on a grand slam by Kristina Osorio.
· Middlebrook would drive in Harrison again in the sixth inning to tie the score at 8-8 in the top of the sixth, but the Bucs connected on back-to-back, two out, long balls, taking a two run lead into the Tars final at bat.
· Lint, Abigail Sexton, and Kacie Booth led off the seventh for the Tars with a trio of walks. Senior Hailee Keisling came up clutch, knocking in the Tars ninth run of the game with a single up the middle, before Harrison locked the game at 10-10 with a RBI walk. A Middlebrook sacrifice fly gave Rollins a lead, and Grace Street registered a sacrifice pop-up to give the Tars a two run cushion.
· The Bucs used the homerun to equalize again in the bottom of the seventh, with Peyton Rawls blasting a two run shot.
· Barry found the winner in the bottom of the 12th inning when Jasmine Harris tallied her second homerun of the day, a walk-off shot.
· The Tars jumped out to a big lead, putting up six runs in the first. Brianne Lint opened the scoring with a three run homerun to centerfield. Rollins manufactured three more runs before recording their third out, tallying one an error, one on a sacrifice, and one on a Hailee Keisling single.
· The Bucs pulled one run back with an RBI double in the second frame.
· Chelsea Reed slapped a two RBI triple in the fourth scoring Lint and Kara Wagstaff.
· Barry tried to battle back into the contest in the bottom of the fourth, with the bases loaded, game one hero, Jasmine Harris hit a bases clearing double to make the score 8-4. Barry would tack on another run to make it 8-5 after four innings.
· Kacie Booth gave the Tars a pair of insurance runs, tallying an RBI single in the top of the seventh, scoring Tayler Holt and Grace Street.
· Sarah Piening gave up a pair of hits in the final frame, but ultimately held the Bucs off the scoreboard to secure the Rollins win.
· Chandler Middlebrook (3B) – 4-6, 2B, 3 RBI
· Jasmine Harris (1B) – 3-6, 2B, 2HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
· Grace Street – L, 6.2 IP, 5 Runs, 5 SO
· Christie Falcon – W, 5.0 IP, 3 Hits, 0 Runs, 2 K
· Rollins is now 27-78 all-time against the Barry Buccaneers.
· The Tars are 1-2 in games that go into extra innings this season.
· This was the Tars highest scoring series of the year, as Rollins sent 35 Runs across the plate in three games.
· Sarah Piening’s game two win gives her 15 on the year, tied for fifth most in the SSC.
· Hailee Keisling needs three hits to move into third on the Rollins all-time hit list, while Chelsea Reed moved into eighth on the list with her performance; she needs six hits in the Tars final series to tally 200 for her career.
· Reed also tied for third in Tars’ history with 11 career triples.
· Michelle Frew moves to 769-323-1 at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
Rollins now heads into their final series of the season, as they travel to No. 9 Saint Leo for a three game set. The first pitch between the Tars and the Lions will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27.