WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 11, 2020) - It took a while for the bats to get going, but a close game turned into a blowout when Rollins defeated the Assumption Greyhounds by a score of 13-1 on Wednesday at Alfond Stadium.
Rollins was the first on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Cameron Meehan walked on four pitches to lead off, and moved to second when Devon Ortiz laid down a sac bunt. The Assumption pitcher was offline with his throw to first, allowing Meehan to go to third, and Ortiz to move to second. Nick Santucci was the next man up, and he did his job with a groundball to first that scored Meehan. Adams Torres followed with a sac fly to center that plated Ortiz, making it 2-0.
The score would remain that way for quite a while. The Rollins coaching staff had designated this as a staff day before the game. Austin Long drew the start, and worked two scoreless. Each pitcher that followed threw exacly one inning. Not only were the Tars pitchers getting work in, they were also frustrating the Greyhound hitters. Assumption only managed two hits through the first six innings. That was actually more than Rollins could muster ... the Tars were no-hit by starter Shea Ryan for six innings.
Assumption cut the Tars lead in half in the top of the seventh inning. Jared Brescia led off with a double to deep left-center, and moved to third on a groundball. Pinch-hitter Emilio Acosta then delivered Brescia home on a sac fly to center to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, giving up the run seemed to wake up the Rollins offense.
Torres led off the bottom of the seventh with a single through the left side, and then stole second base. The next two batters were put out, but Rollins wasn't ready to quit. Andres Antonini worked a walk to put men on the corners. Jake Rolly then delivered a double down the left field line to score Torres and move Antonini to third. Cody Oerther came through with a blooper double that dropped just inside the right field line to bring in both runners. Meehan walked to bring Ortiz back to the plate. He sent a ball to the right-center gap easily scoring Oerther from second. As Ortiz got caught in a run down, the hustling Meehan was able to come all the way around from first to score before Ortiz was put out. At this point the Tars had a comfortable 7-1 advantage.
Rollins padded their lead in the 8th by sending eleven hitters to the plate. The Tars recorded six runs on five hits in the inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Luke Reidy and a two-run bomb to right center by Meehan, his team-high fourth of the year.
Long earned the win, his first of the year, with his two innings of work. He was followed by Timmy Tierney, Steven Swft, Justin Driscoll, Ryan Moore, Ross Korosec, Kyle Kramer and James Hoelle. Driscoll and Hoelle fired perfect 1-2-3 innings in their appearances.
"These mid-week games are great for the staff, " said pitching coach Patrick Szczerba. "Instead of throwing to air in a bullpen, our guys are throwing to live hitters and facing real-life situations. It's great to see that they were able to handle their business and keep the other team's offense at bay."
Meehan had his on-base streak snapped at 11 straight appearances when he flied out in the top of the sixth. Still, he finished 1-2 with a home run, three runs scored, three walks and a stolen base. Torres was the only Tar wth multiple hits, going 2-4. Meehan, Ortiz, Reidy and Oerther each had two RBI.
The win moves the Tars' record to 13-8 on the season. Next up is a Sunshine State Conference matchup with Lynn University. Things will kickoff on Friday night at Alfond Stadium at 5:00 pm, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. Stay tuned to RollinsSports.com for the latest updates.