Softball Stumbles On The Road Against Rollins

Softball Stumbles On The Road Against Rollins
Taylor Sabol struck out four batters in Saturday night's loss against Rollins. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Barry University’s softball team dropped a 7-2 contest against the Tars of Rollins College Saturday night at Martin Luther King park.

Taylor Sabol (6-5) got the start for the Bucs (18-9, 3-4 SSC) and worked efficiently through the first 1.2 innings. However, after retiring the first two batters she faced in the second, Sabol struggled to close the inning and Rollins (22-8, 7-3 SSC) loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a four-pitch walk. Hailee Keisling drove in the Tars’ first run with an infield single, and Courtney Dublin capped the two-out rally with a bases-clearing triple to right-center, giving Rollins a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Rollins loaded the bases and threatened once again. With just one out Hilary Brown drove a fly-ball to right field. Kelsey Oonk attempted to tag up from third base, but Hunter Mars had other ideas. The freshman delivered a spot-on throw at the plate and Alexis Kent applied the tag to complete the inning-ending double-play and escape the jam.

Megan Copeland led off the top of the fourth with a double to center field. Mars, attempting to sacrifice, reached on a throwing error that allowed Copeland to score for the Bucs’ first run.

After a walk and a pop-out, Lexi Correnti drove in the Bucs’ second run on a sacrifice fly.

The Tars answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth and then added two more in the sixth, capitalizing on a Buccaneers’ defensive miscue, to extend the lead to 7-2.

Sabol tossed six innings and allowed seven runs, just five earned, while striking out four batters, but the Bucs were not able to mount a comeback despite getting the leadoff hitter on base in five of the seven innings.

Niki Fogle (14-4) picked up the win throwing a complete game while allowing just two runs, neither earned, and finished with two K’s.

The two teams are scheduled to play a double-header on Sunday with game one set to begin at 1 p.m.