WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2019) – The Tars used timely hitting to win a rain shortened contest against the Tampa Spartans, 4-1. The Tars improve to 10-2 on the year, and 5-2 in Sunshine State Conference play. The Spartans, who received votes in the latest NFCA National Poll, fall to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in SSC action.
Rollins got a full five innings from Ashley Worrell, as she gave up eight scattered hits, and just one run, while striking out three, including her sister, a senior on the Spartans, to end the first inning. The freshman also registered two RBI at the plate, with a double in her second at bat. Grace Street blasted her first homerun of the run season in the win. Lindsay Gehring added to her SSC leading homerun tally with a solo shot, her fifth of the 2019 campaign.
Tampa got on the board first with a lead off homerun in the top of the second. Rollins would respond in the third, Brianna Ernst lead off the inning with a single, before the Tars registered two quick outs. Jordan Davis then got Rollins another baserunner and kept the inning alive for Worrell. The freshman then blasted her double to left center plating a pair and giving Rollins the 2-1 lead. Grace Street lead off the fourth with homerun over the left center field fence. Gehring then took the first pitch of her fifth inning at bat, and sent it over the left center field wall with a towering shot. The rain started in the top of the sixth, and the field was declared unplayable, giving the Tars a win in a shortened game.
The Tars and Spartans will finish their three game set with doubleheader action tomorrow, Saturday, March 2. The first game of the twin bill is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.
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