Winter Park, Fla. (March 23, 2019) – Rollins split a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader with Eckerd Saturday and earned the series win. The Tars dropped the first game 10-4 and bounced back in the second, winning 7-6 in walk-off fashion.
Rollins improves to 16-10 overall and 4-5 in league play while Eckerd drops to 17-10, 8-7 SSC.
Game 1: After behind shutout in 13 innings on Friday night, Eckerd jumped on Rollins early and put the hosts down 8-0 after four innings to set the tone.
Whit Drennan with the loss (1-1), allowing eight runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in four innings of work. James Hoelle threw the final five innings, scattering four hits and surrendering two runs.
Mitch Calandra was 4-5 at the plate with an RBI and a double to lead EC. Justin Glover hit 3-4 with a double, homerun and two RBIs while Chase Achuff went 2-4 with four RBI.
Robin Allen got the win for the Tritons and is now 4-0 for the season. He threw a strong 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
In the fifth, Herron blasted a two run homerun that drove in LaFontaine and made the score 8-3. EC scored two in the eighth and Rollins got one back in the ninth after a LaFontaine RBI knock that scored Reidy.
Game 2: The series rubber match came down to a thrilling ninth inning. Eckerd scored twice in the top half to tie the score at six only to see Rollins snatch the win in the bottom, 7-6.
Cameron Meehan was 3-4 at the plate and just a single away from hitting for the cycle. The sophomore had a double, triple and homerun with two RBIs. Jack Gonzalez was 2-5 at the plate with a double and a RBI. Brendan Brundage went 2-4 with a double and Cameron Montgomery tallied a homerun.
Reliever Ross Korosec picked up the win, getting the final two outs of the ninth and not allowing a hit. Starter Garrett Leonard pitched six innings with five strikeouts, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits.
The Tars started off with a single from Kyle Hintz through the right side pushing Cameron Meehan home to put the first run on the board for Rollins in the second. In the bottom of the fourth. Eckerd then scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Meehan hit a solo homerun to centerfield in the fourth and got Rollins to within 3-2.
After another Tritons run in the sixth to make it 4-2, Rollins mounted its comeback.
In the bottom of the sixth, Meehan tripled to centerfield, scoring Gonzalez. Rollins took the lead in the seventh with Brundage scoring on an error and Herron crossing the plate on a wild pitch, putting the Tars ahead 5-4.
Montgomery then made it a 6-4 lead in the eighth with a solo shot to left center.
Mitch Donofrio homered in the top of the ninth for Eckerd and after putting two more on, Garrett Hiott doubled down the left field line and scored Keith Leavitt Jr. to knot the score 6-6.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, the game appeared to be headed to extras. Ortiz got on with a bunt single to the pitcher and then stole second. LaFontaine then walked to put two on. Gonzalez lifted Rollins to the win with a double to right center and Ortiz crossed the plate to end the game.
Hiott went 2-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Donofrio hit 2-4 with one homer.
Chase Achuff took the loss, pitching in 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Cameron Lanzilli pitched the first 5.0 innings with three strikeouts and allowing two runs.
Rollins and Nova Southeastern will battle in a Sunshine State Conference match-up on Friday, March 29 with first pitch at 6 p.m. The Tars and Sharks series will continue with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, March 30 and the finale at noon on Sunday, March 31.
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