WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 9, 2019) – Rollins took both games of a doubleheader against Florida Southern to sweep the Sunshine State Conference series with the Mocs. Led by Abby Summers no-hitter, the Tars dominated game one, 8-0, winning in six innings. Rollins then came from behind and used timely hitting and defense to walk off with a 3-2 victory in game two.
The Tars improve to 25-5 overall and 11-4 in SSC play. Florida Southern drops to 9-14, while falling to 4-11 in conference action.
Ashley Worrell, on the back of her no-hitter in the series opener, made a splash at the plat in game two. The freshman went 1-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs. Jordan Davis continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-4 and scoring twice. Talia Kentoffio went 2-2 with a run and a RBI, while Brianna Ernst drove in two. Summers threw six full innings, allowing no hits and striking out five. The only baserunner to reach advanced on a dropped third strike.
A Grace Street bases loaded walk started the scoring in the first for the Tars. Kentoffio drove in Worrell to double the Rollins lead. Street then crossed the plate on a Ernst fielder's choice, giving the Tars a 3-0 lead after the first. Kentoffio started the third with a single, and was doubled home by Ernst to extend Rollins lead in the third. Rollins would then load the bases for Worrell. The Oviedo, Florida native cleared them all, blasting a three run double, making the score 7-0. Abby Summers continued to mow through the Mocs, retiring the last 14 batters she faced and setting the Tars for the mercy rule win. Worrell would cross the plate on an Abigail Sexton sacrifice fly to seal the game after just six innings.
Talia Kentoffio recorded two more hits, and drove in two runs to lead the Rollins offense. Grace Street went 2-4 and scored the winning run, while Jordan Davis also recorded a multi hit game. Ashley Worrell registered his 12th win, throwing the full 9 innings, scattering eight hits, while giving up just two runs, and striking out six.
The Mocs grabbed a 2-0 lead by manufacturing a pair of runs in the third, taking advantage of walks, a fielder's choice, and a sacrifice fly. Grace Street doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to start the Tars rally. Kara Wagstaff pinch ran for the senior and crossed home on a Kentoffio single, cutting the Florida Southern lead in half. The Mocs tallied their first hit of the series in the sixth, but were thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Jordan Davis started the bttom of the frame with an infield single and eventually came around to tie the game on a Lindsay Gehring single. The Mocs looked to have the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh but a base running blunder allowed the Tars to shift momentum and escape the frame. Florida Southern got the leadoff batter on base in the eighth, but Gehring picked her off first base, to against quell a Florida Southern threat. The Mocs had perhaps their best chance in the ninth when they loaded the bases with no outs. However, Worrell fielded a chopper and started a one, two, three, double play, bringing the Tars to the plate for their winning at bat. The Tars got back to back doubles from Grace Street and Talia Kentoffio to walk off in the ninth.
Rollins and West Georgia will face off in doubleheader action on Thursday, March 21. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
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