Jennies split with Rollins to complete 7-1 road trip

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WINTER PARK, Fla.) – The Jennies were a game away from a perfect trip to Florida but still walked away with a 7-1 record in eight games.
They split a road doubleheader with No. 15 Rollins, winning the first 4-2 before falling in the second 9-1.
Their win in game one was the Jennies’ first win over a ranked opponent since opening day 2012 against No. 12 Arkansas-Monticello. They also ran their winning streak to 11 games, the most since 2011 and the most under head coach Susan Anderson.  After splitting the doubleheader, they now stand at 15-6 on the season.
Game One: UCM 4, Rollins 2
After both sides went down 1-2-3 in the first, the Tars got on the board first, scoring a run in the second on a base hit from Chelsea Reed. The damage could have been far worse as Rollins knocked four hits in the inning, but Prater escaped a bases-loaded jam to limit the damage to just one run.
The Jennies evened the game back up in the top of the third with a two-out rally. After Lindsey Dawson walked to extend the inning, Jakki Prater moved her to second with a single and Lauren Mabe drove her in with another single, tying the game.
Rollins grabbed the lead right back in the bottom half of the frame, scoring an unearned run when Lint ripped a two-out single down the left field line.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of the home team until the fifth. The Jens put two in scoring position with nobody out and Dawson drove them both in with a single, splitting the center and right fielders.
The Jens added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh. Ali Jo Rogers lifted her second home run in three games over the left field fence, giving the Jennies a 4-2 lead.
Rollins got the tying run to the plate, but Prater shut the door, giving the Jens their 11th straight win.
Prater picked up her third straight win and improves to 7-2 on the season. She allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits with one strike out and one walk.
Rogers went 2-for-4 from the batters box with her second home run of the season and two runs scored. Dawson had a game-high two RBI.
Game Two: Rollins 9, UCM 1
The Tars scored early and often in game number two. After the Jens went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Rollins scored two in the bottom of the frame on just one hit. They scored one run on an error and another on a safety squeeze.
The Jens got one back when Carlie Rose singled up the middle to score Mabe. That would be all for the Jennies though.
Rollins put the game out of reach, scoring in every inning but the third, earning a split with a 9-1 win.
Mabe was 3-for-3 picking up half of the Jennies hits and scoring their only run. Rose collected the only RBI.
For Rollins, Niki Fogle started and finished both games. She earned the win in game two throwing six innings, allowing an earned run on six hits and striking out seven. Hailee Keisling was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI at the plate.
Next up for the Jennies is the final nonconference tournament of the season. They’ll head to St. Joseph for the Missouri Western Regional Crossover where they’ll square off with five teams from the Northern Sun Conference. Their first game of the crossover is Friday, March 20 against Wayne St., Neb.