WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 2, 2020) - The Rollins Tars closed out their opening weekend in shutout fashion, blanking the visiting Spring Hill Badgers by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
It was a fast-paced game on Sunday as both starting pitchers were able to limit the damage done by opposing lineups. For Rollins, freshman Carson Hauben made his debut in impressive fashion. The young righty tossed five innings of scoreless baseball, holding the Badgers to three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The only problem was Spring Hill starter AJ Fell was able to match Hauben, leading to a 0-0 game through five innings.
After transfer Steven Swift made his debut with a scoreless top of the sixth, the Tars' bats finally came alive. Joe Cosgrove led off the inning with a bunt single down the left field line, and then was able to steal second after getting caught in a rundown. Cameron Meehan then lifted a deep fly ball to right-center that dropped in between two Spring Hill outfielders. Meehan, hustling the whole way on the play, ended up on third with an RBI triple. Devon Ortiz then followed with a slap single through the left side to score Meehan and make it 2-0.
The story all weekend has been the Tars bullpen, and Sunday was no different. Following Swift, James Hoelle, Ross Korosec, and Kyle Kramer each threw flawless innings to wrap up the game. Rollins also added an insurance run in the eighth when Jack Gonzalez plated Meehan with an RBI groundout.
The Rollins pitching staff held Spring Hill to six hits, and did not allow a run after the fifth inning of game two on Saturday. Swift took the win in this one, with Kramer earning his first save.
Meehan carried the offense for the second straight day, posting a pair of hits and a a pair of runs. The leadoff man reached base safely seven times over the course of the weekend. Cosgrove, making his first appearance of the year behind the plate, also had two hits.
"As a team, we are beginning and ending the game wth a good approach," said Meehan after the game. "We aren't looking to do much, but rather looking for spark innings that we can build off of for momentum. Our offense was able to feed off the pitching which was outstanding and consistent all weekend."
Next up for the Tars is a three-game set in Pensacola, Florida against the West Florida Argonauts. Games will be played on Friday February 7 at 5 pm, Saturday February 8 at 1 pm, and Sunday February 9 at 12 pm. Those unable to attend can follow the action live at RollinsSports.com.