PENSACOLA, Fla. (February 7, 2020) - The Rollins offense struggled to get anything going in game one of the series at West Florida, eventually falling by a score of 3-0 on Friday night.
Tate Stone-Frisina drew the Friday night start for the second straight week. He ran into some trouble in the bottom of the first when the first two batters of the game reached on a double and an error. The junior was able to buckle down and limit the damage to a single run on a Cullen O'Shea RBI base hit, and stranded two runners on base to end the frame.
The Tars had plenty of chances to tie things up, but they ended up leaving runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Rollins struggled to make hard contact against senior lefty Eric Keating, who limited Rollins to four singles over seven innings.
West Florida was able to break the game open in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double from Matthew Estrada and a sac fly from Adam Imwalle.
With the Argonauts leading 3-0 in the ninth inning, Rollins rallied to make things very interesting. Jack Gonzalez walked to lead off, and moved to second on a Luke Reidy single. The next two batters were put out, but Sam LaFontaine kept things going with a bunt single to load the bases. Unfortuately, the fairy tale ending was not in the cards as Jake Rolly struck out loooking to end the game.
Stone-Frisina took the loss with a final line of 4.2 innings, six hits, three runs, zero walks and three strikeouts. The silver lining for this one was that the Tars pitching staff did not walk a single batter. The bullpen, which was lights out last weekend, remained hot with 3.1 innings of shutout relief.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon for game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Fans can watch live here.