The Rollins baseball team showed strength and resilience as they defeated the 10th-ranked Florida Southern Mocs. The Tars traveled away to Lakeland, FL to play the conference rivals on April 7 and handed the Mocs an 11-9 loss, ending their 17-game win streak. Rollins is now 19—13 overall, and 4—6 in Conference play, making this win extremely important in their quest towards making regional playoffs come May.
There were many standouts from Rollins throughout the game, especially when it came to offense. Infielder Brian Brooker ‘18 hit 3—5 and contributed one home-run to the overall 5 the Tars blasted that game. Outfielder Peter Nicoletto ‘17 also continued to show his offensive strength by going 2—4 on the game with two home-runs. Nick Breen ’18 and Christopher Corbett ’17 each contributed a home-run to the total as well, scoring 2.
Breen and Booker started off the game by immediately blasting one over the fence and putting runs on the board, and from there came Nicoletto’s in the top of the second inning. The Tars were up 5—0 at this point. However, the Mocs proved their earning of a 17-game win streak by responding with 5 runs in the second inning, tying the game 5—5.
Although Rollins ended up falling behind at one point, it was smart baserunning and timely hits from Billy Lamm ’19 and Peter Nicoletto ’17 to put the Tars back in the game. As the game went on, both teams continued to rally and send runners around the bases. Their defense was tight and effective, as both teams only contributed one error each.
However, with another home-run by Nicoletto and a double by Corbett to send Grant Ashline ‘18 home, the Tars defeated Florida Southern 11—9.
Although the Mocs still hold the all-time series record 149—78, this was a vital win for Rollins and improved their on-the-road record to 3-3 for the season. Rollins next hosts conference rival Nova Southeastern on Thursday April 13 and Friday April 14 to continue their fight for a spot at regionals.