BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 20, 2018) – After taking the series opener last night, the Tars could not capture the series win, falling in both games of a doubleheader this afternoon. The Lynn Fighting Knights took game one 8-2 and the rubber match 5-1. The Tars fall to 26-22 overall, and 12-15 in Sunshine State Conference play. Lynn improves to 24-23, 12-15 in conference action.
The Tars scattered nine hits in game one, while Lynn only managed one more, with 10 hits. However, half of the Fighting Knights game one hits traveled over the outfield fence. Rollins would manage only three hits in game two, while a big fourth inning from Lynn sealed the Tars' game two fate.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A lead off walk and an error allowed Lynn to take a first inning lead. The Fighting Knights loaded the bases with no outs, and ultimately plated two runs on a pair of RBI singles.
- After the Tars stranded two runners on base in both of the first two frames, Lynn extended their advantage in the bottom of the second, when Elizabeth Diaz homered to center field.
- Back-to-back-to-back homeruns blew the game open in the fourth, as the Lynn trio od Diaz, Victoria Rios, and Kayla Sheffield hit three homeruns, scoring four runs, and chasing Tars started Abby Summers.
- The Tars would get on the board in the fifth, but it was too little, too late. Chandler Middlebrook drove in Tayler Holt with an RBI ground out, and Brianne Lint plated Sarah Harrison with a two out, RBI, single.
- Diaz blasted her third homerun of the day, giving the Fighting Knights the 8-2 lead they would hold to the end of game one.
- The Fighting Knights would jump out to an early lead in game two as well. An error, a hit by pitch and a single loaded the bases, before Francais Olexa would pick up an RBI on a bases loaded hit by pitch, giving Lynn a 1-0 lead.
- Kayla Sheffield would double the Lynn lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring Olexa on an RBI groundout. The Fighting Knights would tally again in the frame, scoring three runs on back-to-back singles, taking a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning.
- Brianna Ernst scored the Tars first run of the game. The infielder led off the fifth with a single, and came across the plate on an Amanda Guglietta groundout.
- That was the only threat the Tars could mount, as both pitchers saw out the final two innings, and the game ended 5-1.
- Sarah Harrison (LF) – 2-4, 1 Run
- Elizabeth Diaz (1B) – 3-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 Runs
- Abby Summers – L, 3.1 IP, 7 Runs, 6 ER, 6 SO
- Kayla Sheffield – W, CG, 2 Runs, 1 SO
- Brianna Ernst (3B) – 1-3, 1 Run
- Shayle Arenson (2B) – 1-3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
- Grace Street – L, CG, 5 Runs, 3 SO
- Allyson Jameston – W, CG, 1 Run, 2 SO
- With the losses the Tars will not reach 30 wins for the second year in a row, and only the third time since 2000.
- Chandler Middlebrook's game one RBI gives her 38 on the year, two more than the next highest player in the SSC, Maddy Van Hagel from Barry, who the Tars will face in their final series next weekend.
- Michelle Frew is now 797-346-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will conclude their season with a three game set against the Barry Buccaneers at Rollins Softball Stadium. The first game of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27.
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