WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – The Tars fell victim to a quartet of errors, and struggled to get some key outs, falling 12-3 against the Saint Leo Lions in the second game of their non-conference matchups. With the loss Rollins falls to 15-7 on the year, while the Lions improve to 12-10.
The Tars fell behind early, and were unable to dig themselves out of the hole. Every time the Tars sent a run across the plate Saint Leo was able to respond quickly, restablishing their command on the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Rollins surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first. The Lions manufactured the three runs, on two hits, and were helped out by a Rollins error.
· Saint Leo tacked a pair of runs onto their lead in the third, another two errors by the Rollins defense allowed Shane Williams to hit an RBI double to right center, then come around to score on a single.
· The Tars notched their first tallies in the top of the fifth. Mike Dolan found the gap in right center, doubling home Grant Ashline and Brian Brooker, to make the score 5-2.
· The Lions chased Anthony Trovato in the bottom of the fifth, as he was replaced by sophomore Erik Rivera, Saint Leo tacked another two runs onto their lead with a two out RBI single, and a balk.
· Rollins again tried to claw back into the contest with a run in the sixth. Peter Nicoletto doubled down the right field line, then scored on a Nick Breen RBI single. The Lions repelled the Tars’ rally, however, scoring five in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a Zach Scott RBI triple, putting the game out of reach.
· Rollins committed nine errors in their two games at Saint Leo.
· The two games at Saint Leo were the Tars first road matches of the year. Rollins is now 1-1 away from Alfond Stadium in 2017, and do not travel again until Friday, March 31, when they will go to Lynn.
· Peter Nicoletto’s double in sixth inning was his 16th multi-base hit of the year, the most on the team.
· The Tars and Lions split their two games at Saint Leo, which were non-conference contests, the two teams will now prepare for a three game set of conference play here in Winter Park.
Saint Leo will make the trip to Winter Park tomorrow, Friday, March 17, to open the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.