DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2018) – Rollins bats came alive and hung 20 combined runs in a double header spilt with Embry-Riddle on Saturday, giving the Tars the Sunshine State Conference series victory.
The Tars came from behind Friday to win 8-6 and set up Saturday's action. ERAU won game one 12-7 and Rollins posted a dominant 13-3 win in the rubber match.
Garrett Leonard took the game one loss on the hill for the Tars, getting chased in the second inning after allowing six hits and seven runs. Anthony Trovato picked up the game two victory in relief, allowing just two hits and one run with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.
Rollins improves to 18-28 on the season and 6-21 in the SSC while ERAU drops to 19-28, 8-19 SSC.
Embry-Riddle went back-to-back-to-back with home runs down the left field line in the first and added another homer in the second to put the Tars down 7-0 early. The Eagles added another score in the fourth and Rollins found themselves in an 8-0 hole.
Rollins got going in the sixth with five runs in the frame to get within three runs. Breen got the rally started with an RBI double to left and Peterson knocked in two with a triple. Two more Tars runs came on an error later in the inning to put the score at 8-5.
Embry-Riddle then put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth-inning to lead 12-7.
Brian Auerbach was solid in relief of Leonard, scattering four hits and four runs, just one earned, with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Breen and Luke Reidy both had two hits for the Tars with Peterson knocking in three runs.
Garrett Goodall picked up the win for ERAU, allowing four hits and five runs with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Kyle Guttveg was 4-4 with four runs and Kyle Marsh hit 4-5 with six RBI on a pair of homers.
The nightcap saw the Tars seize control early, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the third. Isaiah Russell hit an RBI single in the second, Peterson knocked in one with an RBI double in the third and the Tars plated four on back-to-back errors to close the frame.
Embry-Riddle scored twice in the bottom of the third, but the Tars got one back on another Eagles miscue in the fourth.
Rollins then blew the game wide open with three runs in the fifth. Breen singled in Brenden Brundage, Peterson singled in Brundage and Luke Reidy knocked in Breen.
Embry-Riddle scored in the fifth to make it a 10-3 Tars lead.
Rollins any idea of an Eagles comeback with three runs in the ninth. Breen singled and Meehand scored on ERAU's fifth error of the day. Peterson provided the exclamation point with a two-run homer to deep centerfield.
Whit Brennan got the start for the Tars and surrendered two runs on five hits in four innings before giving way to Trovato. Peterson was 5-6 with four RBI and three runs scored and Breen added a 3-6, three-runs scored day.
J.C. Carrell took the loss for Embry-Riddle, allowing three runs and six hits in 2.1 innings. Jake Malone went 2-3 and Kyle Marsh 2-4 for the Eagles.
Rollins will close the 2018 season at home, hosting Florida Tech May 10-12 at Alfond Stadium.