WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 29, 2019)- Rollins let an early lead slip away, but rallied late to beat Nova Southeastern 5-4 Friday in the Sunshine State Conference series opener.
The Tars (17-10, 5-5 SSC) saw the Sharks (19-11, 9-7 SSC) tie it up in the seventh, but scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the frame to grab the win.
Jimmy Robbins picked up the win in relief, throwing the final three innings and surrendering one run with six strikeouts. Cameron Enck started and got a no decision, scattering four hits and three runs over the first six frames.
Andrew Lobosky led NSU, going 3-5 with two RBIs. Duncan Pastore hit 2-4. JP Williams took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in two innings. Devin Meyer tossed a solid first five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.
The Tars got the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Kyle Hintz led off the game with a single and Meehan later knocked him in to get the Tars on top.
In the top of the third, the Sharks got the run back. Laboksy doubled up the middle on a ball that bounced awkwardly off the mound and plated Jeffrey Cyr.
The Tars came back in the bottom of the third to hang three runs on the board. Jack Gonzalez had a two-out single and was followed by a single from Luke Reidy and Meehan, RBI double down the left field line. Montgomery followed with a two-RBI double to nearly the same spot that scored Meehan and Reidy, putting the Tars ahead 4-1.
The Sharks then tied it up 4-4 in the wild seventh, scoring three runs behind a Christian Kuzemka pinch hit, two RBI double and Labosky RBI single.
Sam LaFontaine led off the bottom of the seventh with a single off the leg of NSU pitcher Meyer, who then threw the ball away and put LaFontaine on second. He later scored the go ahead run on a Meehan deep sac fly to right.
Robbins then took care of business, allowing just one base runner the rest of the way and preserving the win.
The teams will play game two of their series on Saturday, March 30 with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. The finale is slated for 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.
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