AT A GLANCE: Rollins (20-18, 7-10 SSC) took game one of today's doubleheader by a score of 7-4. Saint Leo (29-13, 9-8 SSC) held a 1-0 lead early but the Lions were unable to overcome the Tars' fourth inning in which they rallied for five runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Leo struck first with a single run in the third inning when Daniel Torres reached on a base hit and came home on an RBI single from Chris Newcomb.
The Tars responded an inning and a half later by putting up a five-spot on the scoreboard after compiling six hits. Two-RBI hits from both Zach Persky and Lucas Valelly gave Rollins a 5-1 lead heading into the fifth.
Trailing by four runs entering the sixth inning, Saint Leo pushed across three runs in the inning. A double from Taed Moses and consecutive fielding errors by the Rollins' infield put the Lions in prime position to get a few runs back. Daniel Torres and Taylor Perez then came through with back to back RBI base hits to make it a 5-4 game.
The next half inning the Tars extended their lead back to two runs when a safety squeeze was executed right after Charles Neely relieved starter Rick Teasley.
Teasley went 5.1 innings on the hill—allowing six runs while striking out a pair of Tars' batters.
Moses finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.
Going 2-for-3 in game one was Torres who also drove in a run.
FINAL—Game 2: Saint Leo 7, Rollins 7 – (Winter Park, Fla. – Alfond Stadium)
SAINT LEO STARTERS: Newcomb (CF), Vitale (3B), Twitty (RF), Moses (LF), Revell (1B), Brnovich (DH), Rawdow (2B), Torres (C), Perez (SS), Williams (P)
AT A GLANCE: The back and forth game between Rollins (21-18-1, 7-10-1 SSC) and Saint Leo (29-13-1, 9-8-1 SSC) ended in a 7-7 tie after seven complete innings. The Lions rallied in the sixth to take the lead but Rollins tied it up in the bottom half of the inning to force the eventual tie.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tars came out of the gates swinging, scoring five runs in the first inning—four of which came before the Lions recorded an out.
The next half inning saw the Lions nearly erase the deficit as they scored four runs on five hits in the inning. The four runs came on RBI hits from Frank Rawdow, Taylor Perez, and Chris Newcomb.
After the Lions cut the Tars' lead to one, Rollins tacked on their sixth run of the game in the bottom of the second when Zach Persky scored on an RBI single from Brian Lattanzi.
In the top of the fifth, trailing by two, Brnovich led off with a walk, and after a single from Torres, Perez grounded out to shortstop to score Brnovich and cut the Lions' deficit to one, 6-5.
In the sixth inning the Lions got started by both Twitty and Moses being hit by pitches. After a passed ball allowed both runners to advance, a wild pitch went to the back stop to score Twitty and tie the game. Michael Revell then stepped to the plate and drilled a fastball into right field that plated Moses and gave the Lions a 7-6 lead.
The game was tied in the next half inning though when Evan Riveria reached base on a two-out base hit and advanced all the way to third base on a throwing error. Brian Lattanzi then singled to right field to tie the game, 7-7.
Entering the first extra inning, play was stopped as the rain began to fall heavily. After about an hour delay, it was decided that the game would end in a 7-7 tie.
Torres continued his impressive day at the plate—going 3-for-4 in game three. For the day Torres finished 5-for-7.
Brnovich went 2-for-3 at the dish.
Contributing two RBI each was Newcomb and Perez
Tossing 4.2 innings while not allowing an earned run was Adam Albers. Albers struck out five while giving up just five hits
NEXT UP Next up for the Lions is a three-game weekend home series with the Lynn University Fighting Knights. The first game of the series is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night and the doubleheader on Sunday is set for 1:00 p.m.