WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 3, 2018) – Rollins let early leads slip away in both games of a doubleheader against No. 17 Palm Beach Atlantic. The Tars dropped game one in nine innings by a score of 5-4, and could not rebound in game two, falling 7-1. With the losses the Tars drop to .500 on the year, at 11-11, and below .500 in Sunshine State Conference action, at 4-5. The Sailfish improve to 13-2 on the year, and stay a top the SSC with a 6-0 conference mark.
Rollins would score the first two runs of game one, but lose the lead late, and could not complete a comeback in extra innings. In game two the both teams would start slow, but Rollins would get on the board first. However, the Sailfish bats again caught fire late, as PBA put up crooked numbers in the fifth and sixth to ice the game away. Rollins committed five errors, and left 16 runners on base over the two games.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Chandler Middlebrook started the game with a bang, blasting a homerun deep over the left field wall.
- Grace Street battled out of a bases loaded, no outs jam, getting two infield fly outs and ground out to retire the Sailfish and keep the Tars infront.
- Rollins doubled their lead in the fifth, manufacturing a run when a single by Brianna Ernst, was followed by a sacrifice, another single, and a sacrifice fly by Brianne Lint.
- PBA would tally their first run in the sixth when Maddie Bertisch crossed the plate.
- The Sailfish would tie the contest in the seventh on a Michaela Hynes homerun to left center.
- After a scoreless extra frame, PBA pulled ahead in the ninth, sending three runners across the plate on an inning extended by a Tars' fielding error.
- The Tars would cut into the 5-2 lead in the bottom of the inning, getting a sacrifice fly from Middlebrook and a RBI single by Lint, to make it 5-4. However, Jana Wagner, who came in for the Sailfish starter Abbey Busby, would shut the door on Rollins with the tying run on first base.
- Both teams would have chances in the early frames, but no one could convert. Rollins stranded three runners in the first three innings, while the Sailfish left five.
- The Tars would strike first, taking a 1-0 lead on a Lindsay Gehring double. Talia Kentoffio, who had drawn a two walk, came around to score.
- The Sailfish would find their bats in the fifth, putting together a three run, two out rally. A pair of Rollins errors extended the frame, in which eight PBA players came to the plate.
- Palm Beach Atlantic would strike again in the sixth, putting the game out of reach. The Sailfish plated four, helped by a string of four consecutive singles, and four steals, chasing Rollins starter Abby Summers.
- Jana Wagner closed out the contest for the Sailfish, earning her SSC leading fifth save.
- Chandler Middlebrook (1B) – 1-1, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
- Michaela Hynes (1B) – 1-4, HR, RBI, 2 Runs
- Grace Street – L, CG, 5 Runs, 2 ER, 9 SO
- Abbey Busby – W, 8.0 IP, 4 Runs, 4 SO
- Talia Kentoffio (SS) – 1-2, 2B, 1 Run
- Michaela Hynes (1B) – 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 Runs
- Abby Summers – L, 5.1 IP, 5 Runs, 2 ER, 1 SO
- Jana Wagner – S, 3.0 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 1 SO
- Chandler Middlebrook's game one homerun, was the first homerun given up by Sailfish pitching this season. It also prompted a string of three straight intentional walks.
- With two hits on the day Brianne Lint is now at 97 for her career.
- Middlebrook tallied two RBI in the first game, and took the SSC lead from teammate Abigail Sexton. Middlebrook has now driven in 19, while Sexton sits at 18.
- Michelle Frew is now 782-335-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars begin a busy week by hosting the Tiffin Dragon to Rollins Softball Stadium on Monday, March 5, for doubleheader action. First pitch of game one is set 5 p.m.
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