WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 15, 2018) – Rollins could not complete the Sunshine State Conference series sweep of Nova Southeastern on Sunday morning, falling 6-1 to the Sharks. With the defeat the Tars fall to 25-20 overall, and 11-13 in SSC action. Nova Southeastern improves to 19-25, and 8-16 against conference foes. The Tars sit sixth in SSC, squarely in the middle of the standings.
The Sharks would get out in front early, and would use clutch hitting to secure the win. Four of the six Nova Southeastern runs came with two outs. Rollins managed eight hits on the day, two of which came in the first inning, and four came in the last frame, when a valiant comeback attempt came up short.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After two quick outs a hit batter came back to hurt Rollins. Megan Granitto took a pitch on the elbow, then came home on a Megan Maloney double.
- The Sharks would increase their lead with another two out base hit in the fifth. Pitcher Lexie Storrer helped her own cause with a bloop single into right field, that scored the second and third runs of the day for the Sharks.
- Granitto found herself at the plate with two outs again in the sixth, but this time she would register a hit, driving in Alex Suzuki with a single to left field.
- Dana Edmundson would hit a two run homerun to give the Sharks insurance going into the Tars final at bat in the seventh.
- The Tars would try to mount a two out rally of their own with their final plate appearance. Brianna Ernst knocked a double into left center, and came across the plate on a Sarah Harrison single. Back-to-back singles by Jordan Davis and Chandler Middlebrook loaded the bases, but the Tars could not capitalize, falling 6-1.
- Sarah Harrison (LF) – 2-4, RBI
- Megan Maloney (RF) – 3-3, 2B, RBI, Run
- Grace Street – L, 5.2 IP, 4 Runs, 1 SO
- Lexie Storrer – W, CG, 1 Run, 5 SO
- Despite the loss this remains the Tars first series win since March 9 and 10 when they took two of three from Florida Southern in Lakeland.
- Grace Street and Abby Summers each tallied a strikeout on the day. The pair sit third and fourth respectively in the SSC in batters struck out with 122 and 112.
- Michelle Frew is now 796-344-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
Rollins will take to the road for the final time in 2018 when they travel to Lynn University in Boca Raton. The Tars and the Fighting Knights will begin their three game set on Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m.
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