WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 9, 2019) – Rollins split a doubleheader, as they won their first Sunshine State Conference series of the year against the Barry Bucs. The Tars got clutch hitting in the first game of the day, defeating Barry 5-2. The Bucs would respond to take the series finale by a score of 6-0. Rollins moves to 7-1 on the year, and finish their first SSC action of the year at 2-1. Barry sits at 6-7, and 1-2 in conference play.
Ashley Worrell and Lindsay Gehring stayed hot at the plate to lead the Tars in game one. Worrell tallied two hits, one double, scored two runs, and drove in one run. Gehring also had a pair of hits, both going for extra bases. The sophomore catcher tallied three RBI on a double and homerun. Talia Kentoffio also recorded two hits on the day. Abby Summers threw a complete game to improve to 3-0. The senior struck out 12, while giving up just two runs on four scattered hits.
Rollins put runners on base in each of the first three frames, and stranded runners on second and third in the fifth. However, it would be the Bucs who would strike first. Barry would score twice in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 2-0. Rollins would not stay behind for long however. The Tars would pull even in the top of the sixth. Ashley Worrell would lead off the inning with a single before back-to-back doubles by Gehring and Kentoffio leveled the score. Rollins would then ice the game away with three runs in the seventh. Brianna Ernst would spark the rally with a two out single. Worrell would drive her home with a RBI double to deep center, giving Rollins a 3-2 advantage. Gehring would then provide the Tars a pair of insurance runs with her second homerun of the season.
Rollins only managed three total hits in game two. Davis earned two, going 2-3 on the day, adding two stolen bases to her stat line. Abigail Sexton slapped a double to account for the other hit. Ashley Worrell tossed a complete game, giving up six runs, only three earned, while striking out seven.
The offenses started slow in the series finale as well, as the first three innings were scoreless. The Bucs found their bats in the bottom of the fourth. Barry manufactured a pair of runs, the first earned runs given up by Worrell in her college career. The Buccaneers would then extend their lead again in the fifth, scoring four runs, including three unearned tallies coming off a Rollins error. The Tars could not mount a comeback in the final frames, only generating one baserunner, as they fell for the first time in 2019.
Rollins will continue SSC play on the road when they head to No. 5 Saint Leo for a three game set. The First pitch of game one is scheduled for Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m.
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