WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 13, 2020) - The power may have gone out in the stadium lights, but their was plenty left in the Tars' bats as Rollins defeated Bentley 10-2 on Thursday evening.
Tate Stone-Frisina drew the start for Rollins in this one. He ran into immediate trouble in the first inning when Max Troiani reached on an error, and then scored on a double from Ryan Berardino. A base hit moved Barardino to third base, and he was then brought in on an RBI groundout from Chris Hopkins to make it 2-0. After the first inning however, Stone-Frisina was able to tighten up and pitch a respectable game. There was a scare in the third when Troiani tripled to lead off the inning. However, when the speedy centerfielder tried to score on an infield chopper, third baseman Nick Santucci gunned him out at the plate.
Stone-Frisina, a junior, ended his night with a line of six innings, five hits, one earned run and six strikeouts.
The Tars offense bounced back after a tough weekend at West Florida. The first run of the game came in the second inning on a sac fly from Jakob Rolly, who plated Jack Gonzalez. Then, in the third inning, Cameron Meehan scored from third when Adams Torres stole second. Rolly then came through again with a single through the left side that scored Torres to give the Tars a 3-2 lead.
Rollins blew things open in the fourth with an impressive display at the plate. Devon Ortiz beat out an infield chopper for a single to lead things off, and then scored on a Meehan double. After a groundout, Jack Gonzalez doubled to left center to plate Meehan. Next up was Luke Reidy who reached first on an infield single to short. Parker Smith kept the rally going with a ground-rule double to deep center that drove in Gonzalez. The final came when Rolly ripped a sharp grounder at the drawn in shortstop. The ball deflected off his glove, allowing Reidy to score. A double play ended the inning, but not before Rollins had a 7-2 lead.
The Tars added two more runs in the seventh inning when Adams Torres laced an opposite field double to right that scored Eddie Ayala and Ortiz, making it 9-2. The final run of the game came on a Santucci sac fly to center in the eighth inning that scored Smith.
Rolly enjoyed his best day at the plate for Rollins, going 3-4 with 3 RBI. He was one of five Tars with multiple hits in the game.