WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 16, 2020) - Rollins earned their first series sweep of the season by defeating Bentley by a score of 8-5 on Sunday afternoon. The win was the fourth in a row for the Tars.
Carson Hauben drew the start on the bump for Rollins, looking to bounce back from a tough start last weekend against West Florida. The freshman did just that, finishing with a final line of 5.1 innings, six hits, two earned runs and six strikeouts. Using a nice mix of a high 80s fastball and off-speed pitches, Hauben was able to stifle the Falcons for most of the day.
The Tars spotted their pitcher an early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Luke Reidy and Jake Rolly delivered back to back RBI singles to score teammates Devon Ortiz and Jack Gonzalez. Rollins struck again in the second with even more offense. Andres Antonini led the inning off with a double, and came around to score when an errant throw from the catcher on a Cody Oerther sac bunt was muffed by the first baseman. Two batters later, Ortiz lifted a flyball to deep left field to score Oerther. The third and final run of the inning came in painful fashion as Reidy wore a fastball off the upper arm with the bases loaded that plated Tyler Colson and gave Rollins a 5-0 advantage.
Bentley got one back in the fourth inning on a Chris Hopkins RBI double, and then made things very interesting in the 6th. Tim Zupkus drew a leadoff walk, and then moved to second on a catcher's interference during Ryan Berardino's at bat. Luke Figueira was up next, and punched a single through the right side. However a strong throw from Cameron Montgomery was cut off by Hauben, and then delivered to the catcher to nail Zupkus at the plate. A pitching change saw James Hoelle spot Hauben, but the tactic did not work for Rollins. The next three Falcons hitters all earned RBI with a double, groundout and single to make the score 5-4. With the tying run on second, Hoelle was able to settle down and strikeout Austin farry to avoid the tie.
Rollins got a run back in the bottom of the frame via unconventional ways. Ortiz worked a walk to leadoff, and then took off for second base on a 3-2 pitch to Cameron Meehan. The pitch was a ball, meaning Ortiz would have been safe at second regardless of a throw. The Bentley catcher threw down anyway, and the throw trickled into center field, which allowed Ortiz to make it to third base. During the next at bat, the Falcons attempted a snap throw down to first base to pickoff Meehan, but Ortiz took off on the play and was able to score before the throw made it back home to make the score 6-4.
Jake Pierce had an RBI groundout in the top of the eighth to help the Falcons pull with in one again, but the Tars were ready to answer back. With two outs and the bases loaded, both Antonini and Oerther drew walks to add to their RBI totals and make the game's final score of 8-5. Ross Korosec, who entered the game in the eighth, earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Tars recorded twelve hits on the night, but they also left 13 runners on base. Four Tars had multi-hit games including Colson (first career multi-hit game) and Jake Rolly (multiple hits in all four games of the series). Rolly finished the series 9-13 with two additional times on base very intentional walk.
Next up for the Tars is the SSC opener. Rollins will host the Florida Tech Panthers at Alfond Stadium February 21-23.