WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 17, 2017) – Rollins could not come up with some timely hits, falling to the Saint Leo Lions for the second time in as many days. With the loss Rollins falls to 15-8 on the year, and 1-3 in Sunshine State Conference play. Saint Leo improves to 13-10, and 1-3 against SSC competition.
The Tars out hit Lions tallying 12 base knocks to Saint Leo’s nine; Rollins also only committed one error, against two for Saint Leo. The difference in the game was runners left on base, with Rollins stranding 11, including leaving the bases loaded twice.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Tars got on the board first, Isaiah Russell scoring on a Nick Breen sacrifice fly. The Tars followed the run with three straight singles to load the bases, but could not push another runner home.
· Saint Leo responded in the second, Alex Mata scoring on Chase Turner single to right field.
· Rollins took the lead back in the fourth. The Tars loaded the bases with no outs, chasing the Lion’s starter, Tyler Bauman. Rollins scored on a Peter Nicoletto fielder’s choice, but could not get anymore, ending the frame with a 2-1 advantage.
· The Lions took the lead for good in the sixth with a pair of RBI doubles. Saint Leo extended their lead in the next frame, manufacturing a run to take a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning stretch.
· The Tars put one run across in the eighth. Mike Purcell scored on a throwing error, after a Grant Ashline bunt single. The Tars has runners at second and third with no outs, and bases loaded with two outs, but could not generate the tying run, stranding three on the base paths.
· Nick Breen (RF) – 2-4, RBI
· Alex Mata (RF) – 2-4, RBI, Run
· Brad Case – L, 7.0 IP, 8 Hits, 4 Runs, 3 Earned Runs, 6 SO
· Jordan Pendleton – W, 4.0 IP, 2 Hits, 1 Run, 0 Earned Runs, 2 SO
· Rollins is now 1-2 on the year against Saint Leo, playing them in three consecutive days. The first two contests, at Saint Leo, were non-conference match ups.
· Brad Case has now gone 7.0 innings in five of his seven starts on the year.
· Peter Nicoletto’s RBI in the fourth was his team leading 24th of the season.
· The all-time series between Rollins an Saint Leo now stands at 86-84-3 in favor of the Tars.
Rollins and Saint Leo will play their fourth and fifth games in a four day stretch, finishing off the series, with a double-header tomorrow at Alfond Stadium. First pitch is set for noon.