DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – Rollins got back on the winning track Friday night with a thrilling 8-6 come from behind win over Embry-Riddle on the road.
The Tars (17-27, 5-20 Sunshine State Conference) snapped a 19-game losing streak and dropped the Eagles to 18-27, 7-18 SSC.
Down two with one out in the ninth, the Tars drew two walks and used an Eddie Ayala pinch-hit double and pair of two-RBI hits from Nick Breen and Bryce Peterson to take a two-run advantage into the last half of the inning. Caleb Jakes came in and allowed just one baserunner while striking out the final batter to pick up the save.
Mike Gaughan earned up the win in relief, allowing two hits and one run over two innings of work. Brad Case was the Tars starter, tossing six innings and scattering seven hits while allowing five runs, four earned.
Breen led Rollins at the plate, going 3-5 with three runs scored and two more batted in behind a pair of doubles. Peterson tallied three RBI on a 3-5, three runs scores night. Billy Lamm (2-3) and Grant Ashline (1-4) both knocked in runs.
Zach Howard and Justin Franklin both belted a pair of hits for Embry-Riddle with each of the nine starters reaching base during the night. Cody Crouse was solid in the start, throwing 5.1 innings with seven hits and four runs. Dominic Jeancola suffered the loss, allowing the Tars final two runs with two hits, a walk, strikeout and pitch in the ninth.
Rollins fell into a 2-0 hole in the second as Franklin hit an RBI double and was followed by a Jake Malone RBI single.
Breen blasted a one-out double in the Tars fourth and was brought home with a Nick Santucci double to left. After a Peterson walk, Lamm singled through the left side to score Santucci and get the Tars even at 2-2. Ashline then put the Tars on top 3-2 with an RBI groundout to third that was enough to score the speedy Peterson.
The host Eagles answered in their half of the fourth with a Howard solo homer and Jordan Hicks RBI double to put the Tars down 4-3.
In the sixth, Breen blasted his second double of the game and later scored on a Peterson hot shot back to the pitcher and resulted in an infield RBI base hit. Embry-Riddle took advantage of two Tars errors in the bottom of the inning and got back on top 6-5.
In the ninth with one-out, Luke Reidy drew a pinch-hit walk and replaced on the base paths by Kyle Hintz. Ayala came into pinch hit and blasted a double to right to put two-on with one out. Isiah Russell came into run and Cameron Meehan drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases.
Breen singled a full-count pitch up the middle to score Russell and Hintz and tie the game for the Tars. Santucci fouled out to the right field line before Peterson came up and doubled off the wall in left center to score Breen and Meehan and put the Tars ahead 8-6.
Jakes came in for the Tars in the ninth and earned the save, allowing just one walk and striking out Cole Habig in dramatic fashion to end the game.
Rollins and Embry-Riddle are scheduled for a game-two noon start on Saturday, May 5 in Daytona Beach. Game three of the series is slated for Sunday at noon, but may be moved to Saturday night due to weather concerns – updates will be posted on RollinsSports.com and Rollins Sports social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day.