WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 14, 2020) - For the third time this season, the Rollins pitching staff combined to blank opposing hitters. This time it was the Bentley who fell victim to fantastic pitching as the Tars defeated the Falcons by a score of 8-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Drew Daczkowski was phenomenal in his third start of the year for the Tars. Using his low 90s fastball and displaying impeccable control with his offspeed pitches, "Dutch" retired the first 15 batters who stepped into the batter's box. After a walk to Tim Zupkus to lead off the sixth inning, Daczkowski induced a flyout and then struck out two in a row to wrap up his day with a final line of six innings, zero hits, zero runs, one walk, and eight strikeouts.
"After losing four key guys from the pitching staff to the draft last year, we needed someone to step up into the leadership role," said pitching coach Patrick Szczerba. "Dutch has been that guy for us. He has worked incredibly hard to bounce back after last season, and the results on the field speak for themselves."
On the season, Daczkowski has tossed 16 innings, allowing only one run on five hits with four walks and 22 strikeouts. He has an ERA of 0.56 and a WHIP of .562.
The Tars' bats have been hot through two games in this series. On Saturday, Rollins tallied ten hits, with five going for extra-bases. After a scoreless first, Rollins hung a five-piece on Bentley thanks to an RBI double from Cameron Montgomery, a Devon Ortiz RBI single, a two-run error, and an RBI groundout from Adams Torres. They added another run in the third on a sac fly from Montgomery, and then wrapped up the scoring with solo home runs from Jack Gonalez in the 5th and Torres in the 7th.
Game three of the series will be played on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm. Fans who cannot attend in person can watch live here. Be sure to stay tuned to RollinsSports.com and our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages for the latest updates.