WINTER PARK, FL – Aubrey Ehlers put Florida Southern in position again with her pitching, and Lindsey Wilson did the same with a couple of late-inning hits in her return to the lineup, but Rollins College was still able to pull out a 3-2 win in nine innings to complete a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader and the weekend series. The Tars won game one earlier in the day, 8-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Rollins (25-5, 11-4 Sunshine State Conference) scored three times in the bottom of the first even with only one ball hit out of the infield. The Tars capitalized on an infield single by Jordan Davis, a hit batter, and two walks to score their first run, and scored their second on a sacrifice fly that was dropped for an error. The third run scored on a fielder's choice before Kensie Green got the Moccasins (9-14, 4-11) out of further trouble by turning an unassisted double play at third. The sophomore third baseman caught a line drive off the bat of Raiven Bryant and got back to put the tag on Talia Kentoffio that ended the inning.
- The Tars scored four runs in the bottom of the third when Bri Ernst doubled in Kentoffio after a leadoff single that started the inning, and Ashley Worrell later delivered a bases-clearing double following a pair of walks for three more. A walk, two hit batters and a sacrifice fly by Abbie Sexton ended the game by the run-rule in the bottom of the sixth.
- Abby Summers earned the win for Rollins by tossing the 6-inning no-hitter, striking out five and not walking a batter. She retired the final 14 batters of the game to move to 8-1 on the season. Kelli Gault fell to 1-6 for the Moccasins, pitching the first 2.1 innings before Kristen Beacham and Jenna Weldon finished the game. The Tars had seven hits against them.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Davis and Kentoffio each had two of Rollins' seven hits, with Davis beating out two infield singles and stealing two bases.
- The Moccasins turned two double plays, the unassisted line drive hit to Green in the first inning, and another line drive hit to shortstop Makayla Deuberry that allowed her double Kentoffio off first base at the end of the of the fourth.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- With Ehlers pitching game two for Florida Southern, and Worrell in the circle for Rollins, the second game of Saturday's doubleheader followed a similar script to Friday night's game between the same two pitchers. In that one, the teams had only one hit between them through the first four innings, and Saturday they had only one hit through the first 3½. It came from Rollins second baseman Abbie Sexton in the bottom of the second, but it was Florida Southern that had a 2-0 lead.
- The Moccasins scored those two runs in the top of the third when they received three base on balls and an additional base runner when the Tars were unable to get a force play after the first one. That came from Zierra Flodman leading off the inning and it was pinch-runner Annemarie Tracey who beat the throw to second. A bunt by Shannon Reilly moved the runners along before Jadin Dewith walked to load the bases. When Worrell issued another walk to Deuberry, Tracey came home with the first run of the game and Jessica Trana followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
- Rollins got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth after Ehlers retired the first two batters of the inning, giving her 11 outs against the first 12 batters. Grace Street doubled to center though and a single by Kentoffio brought pinch-runner Kara Wagstaff in for the run. The Tars tied the score two innings later after Davis led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and came home when Lindsay Gehring punched a single up the middle.
- Florida Southern broke up another no-hit bid by Worrell when Green singled in the top of the sixth, and the hits began pouring for the Mocs after that. Including Green's, the Mocs had seven of them in the span of 15 at-bats, including two in the seventh, two in the eighth, and three in the ninth. Two of those came from Wilson leading off both the seventh and ninth innings, and she reached third each time. The Mocs, however, had a runner thrown out on the bases in the seventh, one picked off first base in the eighth, and saw the ninth inning end on a 1-2-3 double play when singles by Wilson, Flodman, and Maddi Conner had loaded the bases.
- After escaping the top of the ninth, the Tars scored the winning run in the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back doubles by Street and Kentoffio.
- Worrell, now 12-3, picked up her second win of the series by giving up two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Ehlers fell to 8-7, giving up three runs on eight hits with no strikeouts and one walk. Three of the eight hits against her were infield singles, including both hits by Davis, one of which turned into the tying run. Five of the 13 hits she allowed in her two complete games in the series were of the infield variety.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Wilson went 2-for-4, and Deuberry and Flodman each had one hit and one walk. Deuberry was also hit by a pitch, putting her on base in three of four trips to the plate. Flodman added another runner caught stealing to her stat line, throwing Davis out at third in the bottom of the eighth.
- Davis, Street, and Kentoffio all had two hits for the Tars, but Ehlers held the other six spots to a combined 2-for-19.
- The Moccasins have now played five extra-inning games this year with a 2-3 record.
- The teams combined for only one error in the three-game series.
Florida Southern will be at home Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader with Minnesota-Duluth.