WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 14, 2018) – Late drama highlighted a doubleheader sweep for the Tars over Nova Southeastern, as a pair of Chandler Middlebrook walk off homeruns secured the two wins for Rollins. With the wins Rollins now sits at 25-19 overall and 11-12 against Sunshine State Conference opponents. The Sharks fall to 18-25 on the year, and 7-6 in SSC play.
The homeruns were Middlebrook's fifth and sixth of the season, a total good enough for second on the team, and a tie for third most in the SSC. They were made possible by strong pitching performances from Grace Street in game one, and Abby Summers and Street in game two.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Middlebrook started the scoring, driving in Jordan Davis in the bottom of the fourth, on an RBI single to left field.
- Both pitchers would dominate the proceedings, as Grace Street held the Sharks to a lone hit in the first six innings, and the Tars carried their 1-0 lead into the seventh.
- A pair of RBI singles in the seventh put the Sharks on top 2-1, as Rollins headed into their final at bat.
- With a runner on and two out, freshman Lindsay Gehring snuck a single under the glove of a diving shortstop to keep the inning alive and bring up Middlebrook. The senior lifted a three run blast to left center, walking off with the game one victory.
- Abby Summers would escape a jam with two runners on and only one out in the first inning by fanning a pair of Sharks batters. The Tars would then take an early lead in the bottom of the frame. Middlebrook would score on a single by Lindsay Gehring to give Rollins a 1-0 lead.
- Both pitchers would settle in until the fifth, when the Sharks would put up a pair of unearned runs on a Tars fielding error, taking a 2-1 lead.
- Grace Street would enter for Abby Summers with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. The junior from Tampa would get retire the Sharks with a fielder's choice on her first pitch, giving Rollins a chance in the seventh.
- Amanda Guglietta kept Rollins alive with a two out RBI single. The sophomore slapped the ball to right center, plating Abigail Sexton, tying the score at 2-2, and forcing extra innings.
- Street would force Nova Southeastern to strand two more runners in the top of the eight. Chandler Middlebrook would then waste no time, leading off the the bottom of the eighth with her second walk off, into the netting behind right centerfield.
- Chandler Middlebrook (DP) – 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 1 Run
- Dana Edmundson (CF) – 2-2, 2 2B, 1 Run
- Grace Street – W, CG, 4 Hits, 2 Runs, 7 SO
- Lexie Storrer – L, CG, 9 Hits, 4 Runs, 1 SO
- Chandler Middlebrook – (DP) – 2-4, HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs
- Kayla Kight (3B) – 2-4, 1 Run
- Abby Summers – ND, 6.2 IP, 2 Runs, 0 ER, 5 SO
- Lexie Storrer – L, CG, 7 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 SO
- This was almost one year to the day since the last walk-off homerun for the Tars, which occurred on April 13, 2017 when, then freshman, Amanda Guglietta hit a walk-off grand slam to beat Lynn.
- With two stolen bases on the evening Jordan Davis moves into sole possession of sixth in the single season steals list, and becomes only the sixth Tar ever to swipe 30 bags in a season.
- Chandler Middlebrook took back the lead for most RBI in the SSC; she has now driven in 36 base-runners.
- Michelle Frew is now 796-343-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars and Sharks will conclude their three game set with a single game, tomorrow, Sunday, April 15, at 10 a.m.
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