The Rollins baseball team had a very busy week with three games in a row on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, they competed against the Columbia Lions at Alfond Stadium and, despite a rally late in the game, lost 8-7 in a nail-biter.
The Tars went scoreless throughout the first five innings, but scored three consecutive frames to come back, evening the score at eight in the bottom of the eighth.
Kevin Mager ‘12 started things for Rollins in the sixth, blasting a two-run homer. Sean Reilly ‘12 and Nick Adams ‘11scored the following runs in the seventh.
Reilly singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Holloway ‘12, then scored on a double by Adams. Adams then scored on a throwing error by Columbian third baseman Eric Williams to tie the score at four. The Lions then scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 7-4 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded the pitcher for the Lions walked and hit two Tars batters and was followed by an RBI single by Adams for the final run of the game.
Friday night the Tars played the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks at Alfond Stadium. UMass-Lowell took an early 3-0 lead but this gap was quickly abridged in the bottom of the third with three strong runs by the Tars.
In the bottom of the fifth, on a sacrifice by Reilly, Zach Persky ‘14 was able to score to lift the lead to 4-3. The score evened up again in the sixth but in the bottom of the inning the Tars took back the lead going up to 8-4 with runs by Adams, Crummer Student Max Pavy, Tony Brunetti ‘11 and Mager.
After defeating them on Friday, the Tars once again faced the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks this Saturday, suffering quite a detrimental loss of 11-2 to end a 13 game home stand.
Rollins was outhit 13-4 and only received their first hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Half of the Tars hits came on stand-up doubles by Holloway and Greg Smith ‘12.
These two were also the only two the Tars scored. Mike Herrmann ‘11 struck out three Riverhawks batters, while giving up two runs on three hits.
The Tars head to St. Augustine next and face Flagler on Wednesday, March 23. The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m.