ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 30, 2019) – Rollins extended their winning streak to 10 games, and completed their second Sunshine State Conference sweep, defeating Eckerd 4-0 and 9-1. With the victories the Tars improve to 30-5 overall and 14-4 in SSC action. The Tritons sink to 11-25, and 3-15 against conference opposition.
Raiven Bryant went 2-2, tallied her first collegiate triple, and scored a pair of runs to lead the Rollins offense. Ashley Worrell picked up a pair of RBI, while Jordan Davis registered three more hits, going 3-4, and adding a run. Abby Summers had another shining outing in the circle. The Weston, Missouri native tossed a complete game shutout, striking out 14 Triton hitters, and allowing just one hit.
Summers struck out the side in the first to set the tone for the game. She continued to roll with a one, two, three second frame, and another three strikeout inning in the third.
Rollins bats finally joined the contest in the fifth. Bryant slapped a triple to left field, and scored the first run of the game on a Sarah Harrison RBI single. The Tars would then load the bases, and tally a second run when Harrison crossed the plate on a Talia Kentoffio walk.
The Tars would double their lead in the sixth. Bryant and Davis each reached on singles, and came home on a Worrell RBI single to center field.
Summers did not give up a hit until there was one out in the seventh inning. The senior, however, easily regained her composure and got the final two batters swinging to earn her 10th win of season.
Lindsay Gehring led the Rollins offensive barrage in game two. The sophomore catcher went a perfect 3-3, with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Grace Street drove in three with her first triple of the year. Talia Kentoffio and Ashley Worrell each drove in two, while Jordan Davis upped her average to .522 with a 3-3 showing. Worrell threw the first four frames, surrendering just one unearned run, and striking out five. Grace Street saw out the bottom of the fifth, securing the early end to the contest.
The Tritons put two runners on in the first, but Worrell escaped the jam by striking out the side. The Tars defense again held Eckerd off the board in the second, wisely throwing out a runner trying to steal home with her teammate in a rundown.
Rollins then blew the game open with four runs in the third. A Street bases loaded triple plated Davis, Worrell, and Gehring. Kentoffio then brought Street home with a RBI single up the middle.
Davis scored her second run in the fourth, off the bat of a Gehring double. Kara Wagstaff entered to pinch run for the catcher, and came home on Kentoffio's second timely base hit. Eckerd clawed a run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Tars quickly eliminated any thought of a comeback.
Back-to-back doubles by Worrell and Gehring resulted in three runs for the Tars, and gave Rollins the eight run lead needed to finish the game early. Street struck out two in the final frame, clinching the Tars' 30th win of the season, the first time the Tars have reached that plateau since 2016, when Rollins went 40-16-1 and reached the NCAA Super Regional
The Tars will leave the SSC for the final time this regular season, hosting Flagler in doubleheader action on Wednesday, April 3. First pitch of game one is set for 5 p.m.
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