WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 9, 2019) – Rollins swept doubleheader action against the Saint Leo Lions, taking the series from the preseason Sunshine State Conference favorites. The Tars took a competitive game one, 3-1, in extra innings, before coming from behind to capture game two 6-3. Rollins improves to 9-2 overall and 4-2 in SSC play. The Lions fall to 8-9, and 3-3 against conference foes.
Grace Street tallied her first RBI of the year, driving in the Tars first two runs, her first RBI of the season, as part of a 2-4 game. Jordan Davis and Ashley Worrell each went 1-3 and crossed the plate for Rollins. Abby Summers got the start in the circle, tossing the full eight innings, giving up just the one run. The summer continued her strikeout tear, retiring 10 via the K.
After two scoreless frames the Tars got on the board first. Davis led off the inning with a bunt single, then came across the plate with a Grace Street single. The Lions would equalize in the fourth, when a two out walk came back to bite the Tars, after the next batter slapped an RBI double. Neither team could separate themselves in regulation, and the came went to extras. Rollins bats came to life in the first bonus frame. The first four batters all got on with a Worrell double, followed by a single from Lindsay Gehring, a RBI base hit from Street, and a Talia Kentoffio walk. Abigail Sexton popped up a sacrifice fly for the second run, giving Rollins a 3-1 lead. Summers retired the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth by blowing strike three by them, before getting Player of the Year candidate Kacie Kelly to fly out to end the game.
Lindsay Gehring continued to show pop in her bat, blasting her fourth homerun of the year. The sophomore catcher ended the contest 2-3 with two RBI. Talia Kentoffio registered a two RBI single, and Ashley Worrell went 2-4, while driving in two as well. Jordan Davis earned two hits and scored two runs. Worrell made her sixth start of the season for Rollins, but she was chased early and replaced by senior Grace Street. Street threw the remaining seven innings, giving up no runs on three scattered hits while striking out four.
Saint Leo jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first on two singles, a double and a triple. Rollins would pull a pair of runs back in the fourth. Worrell would lead off the inning with a double. She then could jog home after Gehring's deep shot to left field. Rollins took the lead in the sixth on the back of a two run single by Kentoffio, Davis and pinch runner Kara Wagstaff scored for the Tars. A two RBI single by Worrell gave Rollins a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, as Davis and Raiven Bryant crossed the plate to make the score 6-3. Saint Leo got the lead off runner on in the top of the seventh, but Street finished the inning in order from there, securing the win.
Rollins will face SSC competition at Rollins Softball Stadium for the first time in 2019 next weekend. The Tampa Spartans will visit Winter Park for a three game set, with game one set for 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1.