The Rollins College baseball program finished a postseason run that had the fourth-seeded Tars reaching the final round of the NCAA Division II National Championship for the first time since 1954.
The team advanced to the championship round, held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., with a 10-8 victory against fifth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, June 9. The win came a day after the Tars fell 16-11 to Cal State; according to double-elimination tournament rules, Rollins needed to win two games against third-seeded Angelo State to claim the title.
The Saturday, June 10, championship round began with Angelo State going up 1-0 in the third inning. Rollins would tie the game in the fourth, but trail 6-2 at the top of the ninth. After loading the bases, the Tars would score three runs off two walks and a hit, but would come away with a runner-up finish in a 6-5 loss.
The Tars finished the season 42-19 and achieved four team records:
- 687 hits – beating the 2010 record of 655
- 127 doubles – tied with the 1998 season
- 84 home runs – tied with the 1998 season
- 449 runs batted in – beating the 1994 record of 434
The 2023 Tars also rank second in team history for wins (the 2004 team recorded 48), and runs with 481 (the 1994 team record 484). For more on the 2023 season, go to rollinssports.com.