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Ayala Powers Tars Past Pioneers

Ayala Powers Tars Past Pioneers

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 5, 2020) - The Rollins Tars started the 72nd Annual Baseball Week with a convincing 10-1 victory over the Malone Pioneers on Thursday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

With Rollins looking to bounce back from a sweep at the hands of Valdosta State last weekend, the Tars received an impressive start from Tate Stone-Frisina on the mound. The junior righty checked in with six innings of work, allowing one unearned run on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. He retired the first nine hitters who came to the plate, but ran into a spot of trouble in the fourth inning. Back to back singles and a fielding error put men on second and third with no one out. A groundball to first scored one run, but Stone-Frisina was able to buckle down and retire the next two hitters without allowing further damage. He also escaped a jam in the sixth when he left runners on second and third thanks to a strikeout and groundout. 

The Tars offense gave him plenty to work with. The scoring started in the bottom of the second when Eddie Ayala launched a laser off the scoreboard in right field with Jack Gonzalez on base to make it 2-0 in favor of the Tars. After Malone scored their run in the fourth to cut the lead in half, Rollins was able to answer back with authority. Adams Torres led off with a single, and moved to third on a Ryan Coleman double off the right-center wall. Luke Reidy and Gonzalez then followed with back-to-back RBI singles to make it 4-1. After a wild pitch put Reidy and Gonzalez in scoring position, Ayala came through once again with a double down the right field line to plate both runners. After two outs, Cameron Meehan joined in on the fun with an RBI single up the middle that scored Ayala, making it 7-1. 

Rollins padded their lead in the fifth when Nick Santucci launched a bomb onto Holt Avenue, his second dinger of the year. He added another RBI in the 8th, driving in Joe Cosgrove on a groundball. The scoring wrapped up in the next at bat when Adams Torres dropped a single into left field to plate Sam LaFontaine.

Kyle Kramer, Justin Driscoll, and Carson Hauben did a great job preserving the lead with each pitcher tossing a scoreless inning. 

The win moves the Tars to 10-7 on the season. They will look to stay hot when they face the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on Friday at 3 pm. The game will not count against either team's SSC record. Stay tuned to RollinsSports.com for the latest updates. 

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