WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 14, 2018) – The Tars established an early lead, and were able to hold off a late Gyrenes comeback, taking the contest 10-9.
The Tars have now captured seven straight and improve to 14-7 overall, while Ave Maria falls to 10-20 on the season.
The Tars offense was led by reigning Sunshine State Conference player of the Week Bryce Peterson, who had himself a night against the Gyrene with two hits, two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. Brendan Brundage, Nick Santucci, Nick Breen, and Grant Ashline all had two hits in the Tars victory. Freshman Eddie Ayala totaled a game high three hits, with two RBI.
Rollins used a number of different pitchers on the hill to take down Ave Maria. Brett Scafidi gets his second win of the year, while Brian Auerbach records his first save. As a unit, the tars allowed 13 hits against 46 batters faced, while tallying12 strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rollins wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, putting up three runs in the bottom of the first. Santucci plated Brundage, while Peterson was able to bring home Santucci and Reidy to take a 3-0 advantage.
- Ave Maria answered back with a single run of their own in the top of the second to of the second, Tars still led 3-1.
- Rollins picked up right where they left off, scoring five in the bottom of the second including Ashline and Alaya doubles.
- The Gyrenes would put up five runs of their own during the third and fourth inning of play, cutting the tars lead to 8-6.
- Rollins slightly increased their advantage in the bottom of the fourth when Ayala singled to left field bringing home Peterson for the single score.
- Brundage would cross home plate on a wild pitch by the Gyrenes in the bottom of the seventh, but the Gyrenes would come storming back in the top of the eighth, with three runs of their own, cutting the tars lead to just 10-9.
- Auerbach would come in the final inning and a half to shut down Ave Maria's chances at any comeback, and help Rollins win their seventh straight, 10-9.
• Rollins leads the all-time series vs Ave Maria 4-0
• Head Coach Jon Sjogren is 334-306-3 in his 13th season at the helm of Rollins baseball
The Tars will jump back into SSC play when they welcome the visiting Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish. First pitch is slated for Friday, March 16 at 6:00 pm.
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