WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 17, 2018) – Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Rollins trailed Bentley 8-2, but the Tars offense exploded for seven runs to take the first game against the Falcons, 9-8. Nick Santucci walked off with a double down the right field line to bring home Brian Brooker and Nick Breen, completing the Tars thrilling comeback.
Rollins improves to 4-3 on the year, while Bentley drops to 1-3 overall.
Santucci paced the Tars offense going 3-4 including two doubles, and three RBI. Breen also chipped in going 2-5 with one RBI, one double, and scoring the game winning run. Bryce Peterson recorded his third homerun of the campaign in the bottom of the first inning, while also registering one RBI and two runs scored.
Cameron Enck got the start on the mound, pitching 4.2 innings, while dishing out nine strikeouts. Appearances were also made by James Doherty, AJ Chacon, and Brett Scafidi, with Scafidi tallying the win, his first of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Rollins jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a solo home run by Peterson in the bottom of the first inning. Tars held a slight lead after the first inning, 1-0.
•Bentley would level the score at one run a piece in the top of the third when Luke Figueira singled up the middle, bringing home Max Troiani for the score.
• The Falcons would get things going once again in the top of the fourth inning, tallying two runs to take their first lead of the game, 3-1.
• The Tars and Falcons would exchange runs in the sixth inning. Bentley scored on a sac fly to center field while Santucci scored Brooker with a double down the left field line. Falcons still led 4-2.
• Bentley would increase their lead in the top of the seventh when Figueira would cross home plate once again, pushing the Falcons advantage to 5-2.
• Bentley piled on three more runs in the top of the ninth to increase their lead to 8-2, however the Tars would not go down easily and stormed back with seven runs of their own to take the first game of the series, 9-8.
• Santucci compiled his ninth and tenth doubles of his career
• Rollins is now 35-8 all-time against the Falcons
• Head Coach Jon Sjogren is 325-302-3 in his 13th season at the helm
Rollins will turn around to host Bentley for the second game of a three-game series on Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. at Alfond Stadium.
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