Skyhawks Drop Season Opener


 Angelo Bruno had two of the Skyhawks six hits in their loss to Rollins




Skyhawks Drop Season Opener


Winter Park, Fla. - The Skyhawks held Rollins to just one run over the first three innings, but couldn't muster any offense as the Tars exploded for 11 runs in the final six innings on their way to 12-0 win Saturday evening under the lights at Almond Stadium.

Stonehill was held to just six hits in their first outing of the season, while Rollins racked up 15 hits to improve to 11-6.

Stonehill starter Nick Peters (Newton, Mass.) was dealt the loss after giving up five runs, one earned, in 3.2 innings of work.  Freshmen Matt Olson (Winchester, Mass.), Greg Marakovits (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Michael Von Stein (Trumbull, Conn.), each making their first appearance in a Skyhawk uniform, finished up the contest for Stonehill.

Rollins was unable to get its bats going early as they were held scoreless for the first two innings.  In the third, the Tars broke the scoreless tie when Ferguson reached on a walk and scored on the Bennett double. 

From that point on it would be all Tars as they scored in every inning.

With a 1-0 advantage, the Tars received four runs in the bottom of the fourth after registering one hit and capitalizing on a Stonehill error.  The Skyhawks looked like they might be able to get out of the inning with a man on third and two outs, but Rollins mounted a four run, two out rally for the 5-0 advantage after four inning.

The Skyhawks best opportunity of the evening came in the fifth as Angelo Bruno (Norwalk, Conn.) singled to open the inning and Ryan Healey (Lynn, Mass.) advanced him to second on a single of his own.  However, Healey was picked off at first and the final two batters of the inning were unable get move the runner over.

Rollins added a run in the fifth before tacking on a pair of runs in the sixth, including a two-run homer. After adding another lone run in the seventh, The Tars scored  three more times in the eighth.  

In the ninth, Nate Weber (Hanson, Mass.) hit double to the right field gap with one out, but he was stranded at third as the final two batters both grounded out to short. 

The Skyhawks, who were playing their first game, dropped to 0-l.  Stonehill returns to action on Saturday as they travel to take on Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida.