SAINT LEO, Fla. – Rollins College pitching made their statement on Friday night as the visiting Tars quieted the host’s bats as Rollins defeated Saint Leo 4-0 in Sunshine State Conference baseball action from a frigid Thomas B. Southard Stadium in the first game of a three-game series between the teams.
Locked into a pitcher’s duel between SLU starter Matt Smith and Rollins hurler Stephen Hiscock, the Tars managed to plate half of their runs with one swing of the bat. With two out in the top of the second, Rollins right-fielder Joey Manning singled up the middle, leaving the door open for designated hitter Scott Chase, who deposited a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence for a 2-0 lead.
Aside from that pitch, Smith would toss an impressive six-plus innings, surrendering just three earned runs in 108 pitches but would be outdone by his counterpart on the Tars.
Hiscock seemingly has the Lions’ number throughout the contest. Only one Saint Leo (4-8, 0-1 SSC) batter, Dustin Brown, would touch third base as the Lions only managed five hits through the night. Brown would get the biggest hit of the night for the Green & Gold as he roped a two-out, 3-0 pitch into the right-centerfield gap for a triple, but the inning would end two batters later with a strikeout.
Only one Lion would post a multiple hit evening as centerfielder Ware Hart went 2-for-4.
Aside from Chase, Rollins’ (7-5, 1-0 SSC) best offensive performance came from left-fielder Tony Brunetti who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Lions will have an opportunity to still win the series against the Tars as both teams square off in doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.