WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 11, 2018) – Brian Auerbach didn't allow a hit in six innings of relief and Rollins used a four-run seventh inning to comeback and beat Florida Tech 5-4 Friday afternoon.
The win is a third-straight for the Tars (20-28, 8-21 Sunshine State Conference) and sets up an attempt at a sweep of Tech (19-30, 11-18 SSC) in the season finale Saturday.
Auerbach came on in the fourth with the Tars trailing 3-1 and stifled the Panthers line-up, striking out seven and walking just four in a full six innings of work to pick up the victory. Garrett Leonard was the Tars starter, tossing three innings and allowing four runs on three hits.
Ted Meissner led Rollins at the plate, batting 3-4 with a run scored. Grant Ashline was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored on a solo homer in the seventh. Mark Angelo entered as a pinch hitter in the fifth and batted 2-2 with an RBI and run scored.
Jordan Murray took the loss for Florida Tech, surrendering two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Andrew Beyer was the Tech starter, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Jacob Buser, Rodnie Bernard and Jakob Newton each had a hit for the Panthers.
After a scoreless first, FIT took advantage of a Tars error in the second and grabbed a 1-0 lead. Rollins answered in the bottom of the frame as Meissner singled and Ashline blasted an RBI double to right center.
The Panthers plated three in the third and put the Tars in a 3-1 hole. Buser led off with a single and, after two walks, Kevin Capella scored Buser on a sac fly. Bernard later brought two home with a single through the right side.
After four scoreless innings, the Tars took control with a big seventh. Ashline blasted the first pitch of the inning over the 367 sign in right field to get the rally going. Isaiah Russell was hit by a pitch and later ended up at third after an error and stolen base. Angelo then came up and smacked a triple to right that scored Russell. Nick Santucci brought him home with an RBI single to tie the score 3-3 and Bryce Peterson put the Tars on top 5-4 with an RBI double that plated Santucci.
Auerbach put the Panthers down in order in the eighth and allowed two baserunners in the ninth, but struck out Buser on four pitches to end the game.
Rollins and Florida Tech will conclude the 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Tars will honor its 14 seniors for their service to Rollins Athletics. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.