WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 4, 2012) - After a back-and-forth battle through much of the series opener against Florida Southern, Rollins was unable to fend off the Mocs as FSC pulled through with the upset and defeated the Tars 8-7 Friday night at Alfond Stadium.
The Tars (27-18, 8-11 SSC) held a two-run cushion through the fifth and sixth innings but allowed Florida Southern to chip away at their lead and eventually take a one-run lead in the top of the eighth. Pinch hitter Michael Anthony and Colin Kish scored the tying and leading runs in the eighth on a two-RBI single by Jimmy Correnti.
Rollins was able to tie the score in the home half of the inning on a solo home run by Kevin Mager. Mager's home run was his second of the season and the second of the contest. In the bottom of the fourth, Boston Langley blasted a three-run bomb over the left center wall driving in Mager and Sean Reilly to take a 5-4 lead.
After the 7-7 tie in the bottom of the eighth, a costly Rollins error on a two-out single in the top of the ninth plated the winning run allowing Keith Curcio to score. The Tars were unable to make a comeback as FSC closer Nate Carter took Rollins down in order with two strikeouts to pick up his ninth save of the season.
Mocs reliever Matt Fuglesang earned the win in 3.0 innings of work as he struck out three and allowed just one earned run. His counterpart, Mike Howard was charged with the loss in 2.0 innings of work. The right-handed senior gave up one earned run on three hits.
Josh Band led all Rollins hitters with three hits as he was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He also scored a pair of runs and stole one bag. Mager and Langley each had two hits each, while Langely drove in three runs for the fourth time this season.
Florida Southern was led by Kish at the plate as the right fielder was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Rollins wraps up their final home series of the season against the Moccasins with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday will also serve as Senior/Family Day. Rollins will honor 12 student-athletes for their hard work and dedication on and off the field with family batting practice set to begin at 9:30 a.m.