MATCH-UP:
Rollins (5-4) vs. Tampa (6-1)

WHERE:
Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park

WHEN:
Friday, February 16, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)

COVERAGE:
Video/Audio: Geico Tars Sports Network
Featuring: Victor Anderson
Live Stats: TarsStats.com 

SET-UP:
The Tars open Sunshine State Conference action this weekend, playing host to the Tampa Spartans.  The Tars have taken on some of the best teams in the country in their opening weekends, and will look to build on an upset of then No. 24 California University of Pennsylvania last time out.  The Spartans come to Winter Park after sprinting out to a 6-1 start on the year.  Tampa swept three games at the Eckerd Tournament in Clearwater, Florida, before taking three of four at the Flagler Tournament in St. Augustine, Florida. 

TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars have registered a .322 team batting average, second best in the SSC, while also putting up 48 runs through their nine games, the third highest total in the conference to this point.  Freshman Sarah Harrison ranks first in the SSC, batting .520 so far in 2017; she is followed closely by senior Hali Marshall, who is batting .500, good for second in the conference.  Junior, Brianne Lint ranks third on the team, hitting .364 on the season.  She is also tied for first in the conference in homeruns, blasting two balls over the wall, and tied for fifth, with eight RBI.

Grace Street, who was named to the National Fastpich Coaches Association Division II Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team for her work last weekend, leads the Tars in the circle.  The sophomore has registered a 1.66 ERA, while tossing four complete games, including one shutout.  She is joined by Sarah Piening, the freshman has earned a 2-1 record in four appearances.

TRACKING THE SPARTANS:
Tampa has recorded a team batting average of .318 on the season, good enough for third in the SSC.  The Spartans have been solid in field also, ranking first in the conference with a .977 team fielding percentage.  Elly Pillers is pacing the Tampa attack through six games, batting .467 with 3 RBI.  Sahrina Cortes leads the Spartans with 7 RBI, while Freshman Corynn Miner has tallied two homeruns.

Miner and, sophomore, Makaleigh Dooley have split time in the circle.  Dooley has earned a 3-1 record in 27.0 innings pitched, while striking out 27 batters.  Minier has gone 3-0 in three appearances, maintaining a 1.05 ERA and tallying 24 strikeouts.

NOTES:
The Tars won last season’s series against the Spartans, in Tampa.  The Tars took the first two games, 5-2, 3-0, before dropping the third, 2-1.

 

This matchup will feature the SSC’s first Softball Player of the Week of 2017, Lint, taking on its’ first Pitcher of the Week, Dooley.

With one triple, both Reed and Keisling can move into sole possession of fifth on Rollins’ all time list.

Michelle Frew is 747-305-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program. 

NEXT:
The Tars will head south for their first true road contest of the year, taking on SSC provisional member Palm Beach Atlantic in a three game series.  Game one is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 24.

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