For the first time in program history, the softball team is ranked top-five in the national rankings. On Tuesday, a solo homerun by Jessica Moreland ‘11 was all that the Tars needed to defeat Florida Tech 1-0.The victory opens up a full two-game lead for Rollins, 38-2 in the Sunshine State Conference standings, with a record of 15-1. Florida Tech drops to 22- 18. Hope Bitzer ’12 pitched and improved to an SSC best 16-0 on the season. The Tars announced their presence with authority in the first, putting two on with one out. Back-to-back plays by Tech at the hot corner however, slow the Tars’ rally. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Moreland’s homer gave the Tars the 1-0 lead.
On Wednesday the Tars completed a series sweep over Florida Tech in a double header with two wins 8-3, and 11-2. The Tars improved their record to 40-2 overall and 17-1 in conference play. A sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning by Amber Pederso ‘11 put the runners on base in scoring position and they were then brought home by RBI singles from Bitzer and Hillary Brown ‘14. In the bottom of the sixth the Tars tacked on two solo shots from Bitzer, Moreland, and Meredith Foster ‘12. Kirsten Frame ‘13 went seven innings, collecting six strikeouts and only two earned runs and seven hits to achieve her 13th victory of the season.
In game two of the double header the Tars put on a hitting exhibition, hitting five round trippers in the game, with Veronica Alred ’14 crushing two of her own. Also collecting home runs were Pederson, Bitzer, Christine Roser ’11 and Krista Rodden ‘12. Redshirt freshman Amye McIntyre ’13 collected the victory for the Tars, obtaining the11th victory of her career. The Tars will finish the season on the road with match-ups against Barry and Saint Leo to close out the season.