WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 9, 2019) – Rollins picked up a pair of wins over Southwest Minnesota State, coming from behind to defeat the Mustangs 9-4 in game one and taking a pitching duel, 2-0, in game two. The Tars improve to 19-4 overall on the year. SMSU falls for the first and second times on the year, ending the day at 4-2.
Sarah Harrison went 3-3 with a triple, driving in two runs, and scoring two of her own. Talia Kentoffio went 2-3 and crossed the plate twice. Jordan Davis finished the contest 2-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Lindsay Gehring drove in two runs. Grace Street got the start throwing 4.1 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and striking out three. Abby Summers entered in relief, picking up her seventh win of the season. The senior threw 2.2 innings, giving up just one hit and fanning four.
Both pitchers were cruising until the fourth when the Mustangs used three consecutive two out hits to take a 2-0 lead. SMSU would double their lead in the top of the fifth, with a two run homerun. Summers entered the game with one out in the inning and struck out the first two batters she faced. The Tars would cut the lead to one, scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame. Kentoffio started the inning with a leadoff double, then scored on a Harrison triple. Harrison came home on a Davis bunt single. The speedy centerfielder then crossed the plate on Ashley Worrell's first hit of day. Having finally found their bats, the Tars put up six runs in the sixth inning to complete the comeback and ice the game away. Rollins managed a string of singles with Kentoffio, Abigail Sexton, Harrison, Worrell, and Gehring all driving in runs, as Rollins sent 10 batters to the plate. Summers would retire the Mustangs one, two, three in the seventh, closing the contest with a strikeout.
Ashley Worrell, Lindsay Gehring, and Talia Kentoffio all went 2-3 in game two, with Kentoffio tallying the lone RBI. Worrell improved to 9-2 on the year with a complete game shutout. The freshman surrendered just five scattered hits while striking out six.
The Mustangs would threaten first, loading the bases with just one out in the second, but Worrell would get two of her six strikeouts to extinguish the threat. The Tars would put runners on second and third in the fourth, but could also not take advantage, as the contest went into the late innings scoreless. Rollins would break the tie in the sixth. Worrell started the inning with a double. Rollins would finally score when a miscommunication in the Mustang outfield allowed a ball off the bat of Gehring to fall in. Pinch Runner Victoria Whalen would head home on the play after a subsequent Mustang throwing error. Kentoffio would give Rollins an insurance run, slapping a single and plating Brianna Ernst. Worrell would give up a pair of base runners in the seventh, but would dispel any hopes of a comeback by ending the game with a strikeout.
Rollins will host the West Chester Rams in doubleheader action on Tuesday, March 12, with the first pitch of game one set for 1 p.m.
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