WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 7, 2017) – Rollins' bats were stymied in a 6-0 game one loss, but bounced back to win game two 5-4 and take the weekend series from Palm Beach Atlantic.
The Tars improved to 27-20 on the year with the series victory over the Sailfish (27-23).
Freshman AJ Chacon took just his second loss of the season, allowing two runs on one hit in 3.2 innings. PBA's Sean Horner had the Tars number and took a no-hitter into the ninth before allowing Nicoletto's hit. The senior ended the day with three walks and eight strikeouts in a complete game effort.
Joey Vecchione improved to 3-1 with a game two victory, surrendering one hit in two-thirds of an inning. Whit Drennan got the last two outs and earned his first save of the season. Brian Auerbach started for the Tars, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs with six strikeouts. Joey Hennessey took the loss after allowing the winning run in the top of the ninth.
In the opener, PBA got on the board with a run in the third and made it a 2-0 lead after the fourth. Rollins finally got a baserunner in the second when Corbett walked and Mike Purcell reached on an error; however, both were stranded on the paths.
Mike Dolan walked in the eighth and moved to second on a wild pitch to give the Tars some momentum, but couldn't push a run across the plate.
The Sailfish scored four in the eighth and put the Tars down 6-0. Nicoletto singled in the Rollins ninth to break up the no hitter attempt.
Rollins lashed back at the Sailfish to open the game two with Purcell driving in a run in the first. PBA answered in the bottom and took a 2-1 advantage with a run in the second.
In the fourth, the Tars got back on top with a Sam LaFontaine RBI and BJ Minarcin RBI double, making the score 3-2. Rollins manufactured a run in the seventh with LaFontaine scoring on a wild pitch to give the Tars a 4-2 cushion.
The Sailfish totaled four eighth-inning hits and took advantage of a Tars error to score twice and knot the score 4-4.
Nicoletto blasted a one-out double in the ninth and stole third to set up the Tars comeback. Purcell then drove a ball to centerfield that was mishandled and reached on the error while Nicoletto scored and put the Tars ahead 5-4.
The Sailfish put two on in the ninth, but Drennan kept PBA from scoring to preserve the Tars win.
Rollins will close the season May 11-12 at Tampa. Fans can follow all the action live on RollinsSports.com.