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Big First Inning Pushes Tars Past Pioneers

Big First Inning Pushes Tars Past Pioneers

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 8, 2020) - The Rollins Tars put the game out of reach early, posting nine runs in the first en route to a 12-6 win over the Malone Pioneers on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

Cameron Meehan and Nick Santucci led off the bottom of the first with a pair of walks, and each moved up on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, the next eight Rollins players reached safely. Ryan Coleman drove in Meehan with a single, and then Luke Reidy followed suit with a base knock that scored Santucci. Jack Gonzalez walked to load the bases, and Andres Antonini was hit by a pitch that scored Coleman. Eddie Ayala then picked up an RBI by drawing a walk to plate Reidy. The fireworks came in the next at bat when Sam LaFontaine lasered a fastball past the scoreboard in right for a grand slam. Meehan reignited the rally by singling through the left side, and came around to score when Adams Torres drove him in with a sac fly two batters later. By the end of it all, Rollins had scored nine runs on four hits, seeing 58 pitches from Malone starter Shawn Mills.

Ayala extended the Tars lead in the second with an RBI single that scored Reidy.

Carson Hauben drew the start for Rollins, and pitched admirably. The freshman righty tossed five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. The lone blemish on his ledger came in the top of the third inning when Joe Crank singled home Kail Hill to make it 10-1. 

The eleventh run of the ballgame for Rollins came in the fifth inning when Torres launched a solo shot, his team-high third home run of the year.

Things got interesting in the sixth when Malone managed two runs on three hits and an error. With the bases loaded, Justin Driscoll was called on to relieve Jack Tomich. The sophmore did his job, freezing Crank for a called thrid strike to avoid any further damage. 

A pair of RBI doubles in the seventh inning scored three more runs for the Pioneers, but they were never able to come all the way back. Rollins added their final run in the bottom of the frame when a Coleman sac fly scored Meehan. 

Meehan led the offense for the second straight day, reaching base safely five times on three hits and two walks. Coupled with his game last night, the junior outfielder has reached base safely in nine straight plate appearances while scoring five times in the process. Eddie Ayala reached four times on two hits and two walks, and also added two RBI. 

There was a scary moment in the sixth when Tars shortstop Tyler Colson was hit in the head with a pitch. Paramedics were called to the field, and Colson was taken away in an ambulance. The latest reports say that he will recover with no serious damage. 

The win moves Rollins to 12-8 on the season. Next up for the Tars will be a mid-week matchup at home against the Assumption Greyhounds on Wednesday, March 11. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm at Alfond Stadium.

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