GULF SHORES, Ala. (February 3, 2018) – The Tars recovered from an early morning loss to West Alabama to pull the upset over No. 11 Lee, on day two of the Gulf Coast Invitational. Rollins upset over the Flames was the Tars first victory of the year as they now sit at 1-3.
West Alabama jumped on the Tars early, scoring in the second and third innings. A late Rollins rally was not enough, as the Tiger would ice the morning game away. Rollins and Lee battled back and forth, with neither team able to hold a lead, finally the Tars put up four in the sixth to secure the first victory of 2018.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One (West Alabama):
- The Tigers jumped out on top, scoring one run in the second inning, then extending the lead to 4-0 with three runs in the third.
- The Tars looked to rally in the top of the sixth. Chandler Middlebrook singled home Abigail Sexton for Rollins' first score, then Lindsay Gehring plated Middlebrook with a single to left.
- West Alabama would snuff out the comeback, however, putting two runs of their own on the board in the bottom of the sixth, and finishing the game in the seventh.
Game Two (Lee):
- The Tars capitalized on a leadoff single by Middlebrook to start the scoring in the second inning. The Auburndale, Florida native crossed the plate on a Whitney Foyer double.
- Lee would pull even in the top of the third, but Rollins would regain the lead in the bottom of the frame. This time Middlebrook drove in the run, with a single up the middle, scoring Jordan Davis.
- The Flames would chase Tar's starter Grace Street with four runs in the top of the fourth inning, as they took a 5-2 lead.
- The Tars got back in the contest with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sexton pushed Davis across the plate with a RBI single, and Grace Street got her revenge, scoring Sexton with a single to left center field, making the score 5-4.
- Tayler Holt and Sarah Harrison each singles to start a four run sixth, that would give the Tars a lead they would not give up. Sexton drove in Holt and Harrison, tallying her second and third RBI, on a single to left center. A Chandler Middlebrook RBI double, and a Brianne Lint RBI single gave Rollins an 8-5 advantage.
- Lee managed a base runner in the seventh, but the Tars turned a Taylor Moran liner into a double play to seal the contest.
- Jordan Davis's two runs were her first points in the Rollins Blue and Gold.
- Through four games the Tars are hitting .263, have a team fielding percentage of .949, and a team ERA of 2.17.
- Michelle Frew is now 772-328-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will conclude play at the Gulf Coast Invitational tomorrow, February 4, with a contest against SIAC school Tuskegee, at 10 a.m.
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