WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 5, 2019) – Rollins won their eighth and ninth games in a row with a doubleheader sweep over the Emmanuel Lions. Rollins was victorious via the mercy rule in game one, 8-0, then needed a pair of seventh inning runs to walk off with a 4-3 win. The Tars move to 16-2 on the year. Emmanuel drops below the .500 mark at 6-8 on the year.
Jordan Davis recorded two hits and scored a run as part of a balanced Tars offense. Lindsay Gehring, Brianna Ernst, Abigail Sexton, Talia Kentoffio, Raiven Bryant, and Amanda Guglietta all registered RBI for Rollins. Grace Street tossed six scoreless innings, and has still not surrendered a run in 2019. The senior gave up just three scattered hits while striking out six.
Davis led off the first with a single, then came home on a RBI groundout by Gehring. Ashley Worrell scored on an Ernst sacrifice fly to put Rollins up 2-0 after one. Talia Kentoffio capitalized on an Emmanuel error, rounding the bases and eventually scoring on a double steal in the second. Rollins would be held scoreless until the sixth when they would end the contest with five runs. Rollins loaded the bases before a Sexton single plated their fourth run. Kentoffio also slapped a single, scoring another in the form of Emily Zientek. Bryant skied a sacrifice fly and Rollins earned their seventh run via a Lion error off the bat of Guglietta. Kentoffio scored the game's winning run when a throwing error allowed her to cross the plate, as they tried to pick her off third base.
Jordan Davis went 3-4 and scored the game winning run to again lead the Rollins attack. Ashley Worrell went 1-3 with two RBI, including the game winner, while also picking up her seventh win of the season in the circle. The freshman tossed a complete seven innings, giving up just three runs and striking out three.
The Lions would take the lead in the second inning of the second game. The Emmanuel run was the first the Tars have given up in 38 innings of play. Raiven Bryant would tie the game in the third, scoring on a throwing error by the Lions. However, Emmaunuel would fight back in the next frame, regaining the lead, 3-1, after a leadoff walk and back to back doubles. Rollins clawed a run back in the fifth when Bryant scored again, this time via a Worrell single. The Tars failed to score in the sixth, and pressure mounted as they came up foir their final at bat. Pinch hitter Brianna Ernst started the inning by getting hit by a pitch on the elbow. She advanced top second on a Cynthia Whitty sacrifice bunt, and made her way to third on a Jordan Davis infield single. With Worrell at the plate, an errant pitch made its way by the catcher, allowing Ernst to score the game tying run, and Davis to circle the bases and settle at third. Worrell then lofted a ball into centerfield, just deep enough for Davis to sprint home, giving the Tars the walk off win.
The Tars will return to Sunshine State Conference action by visiting Palm Beach Atlantic for a three game set. The first pitch of game one is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8.
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