WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 13, 2019) – Rollins was unable to get by Embry-Riddle, dropping both games of their Saturday doubleheader. A Tars' comeback came up short in a 6-5 game one, and an Eagle comeback doomed the Tars in game two, Rollins falling 3-1, in nine innings.
Rollins moves to 34-9 overall and 16-8 in the Sunshine State Conference. Embry-Riddle jumps to 20-18 overall and 12-12 against SSC opposition.
Ashley Worrell and Lindsay Gehring each tallied a homerun, and two RBI to lead the Rollins attack. Brianna Ernst registered the other Rollins RBI. Jordan Davis extended her hit streak to 15 games with a 1-3 game, scoring two runs.
Abby Summers got the start, leaving in the middle of the contest before reentering to end the game. The senior totaled 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on just two hits. Grace Street also threw an inning allowing three runs, while striking out two.
The Eagles got on the board early with a homerun in the top of the first. But the Tars would respond in the bottom of the inning, manufacturing a run of their own. Davis reached third on a walk, a steal, and a Eagle error. The centerfielder then came home on a Gehring fielder's choice.
Teams each added to their totals in the fourth. The Eagles scored twice on a bases loaded single, but Rollins cut into the lead with Ernst RBI. The senior slapped a single, plating Abigial Sexton.
Embry-Riddle extended the lead again in the fifth, when they brought nine batters to the plate, and scored three runs. Again Rollins would pull back with two homeruns in the bottom of the frame. Davis tallied a one out single and came home on Worrell's shot to left field. Gehring followed her with deep ball to left center, making the score 6-5.
The Tars could not complete the comeback, generating just one baserunner over their final two at bats.
Niether offense could create a threat through the first four frames, as both pitchers gave up just one hit.
Worrell retired the side in order in the fifth, and set the table for Rollins to take the lead. Raiven Bryant blasted her second homerun of the season over the centerfielder wall, just over the outstretched glove a Embry-Riddle outfielder.
Rollins used a doubleplay to get out of a hectic sixth inning. Talia Kentoffio picking a hard line drive at third base, and firing across to double up a runner at first.
The Eagles would claw back into the game with two outs in the top of the seventh. Embry-Riddle scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
After one scoreless extra frame, Embry-Riddle took the lead in the top of the ninth. The Eagles hit a two-run shot over the left centerfield wall to make the score 3-1. Rollins could not pull the game back in the bottom of the frame.
The Tars leave Winter Park for the final time this campaign, as they go on the road to face Nova Southeastern in a three game series. The first pitch of game one is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.
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