Rollins (9-8) vs. Florida Southern (7-6)
Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Friday, March 3, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars hope a double-header sweep over the Kentucky State Thorobrettes will help them recapture their winning ways as they head into a Sunshine State Conference showdown against rival Florida Southern. Prior to their showdown with KSU, the Tars dropped their first conference series of the year against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, two games to one. The Tars will look to correct their mistakes in order to win this weekend. The Mocs come to Winter Park 8-5 on the year, and 4-2 in SSC play. Florida Southern swept Eckerd to open their conference slate, but dropped a series to Lynn their last time out, winning the opener, but losing both games of a double header to close the three game set.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins currently sits fourth in the conference, batting .293 as a team, and are tied for third, slugging .385 on the year. The Tars are also tied with Saint Leo and Barry for the most homeruns in the SSC with eight. Freshman Sarah Harrison leads the Tars and sits at third in the conference with a .468 batting average and a .519 on base percentage. Brianne Lint is tied for the SSC lead with three homeruns, and Kacie Booth has also helped power the Tars with a pair of blasts. Centerfielder Chelsea Reed leads the Tars and is tied for fourth in the conference with 14 RBI.
The Tars have sent four arms to the circle so far this season, and have earned a team ERA of 3.42. Freshman Sarah Piening has amassed a 4-2 record to lead the Tars, the Old Tappen, New Jersey native has thrown three complete games and a shutout. Grace Street has made eight pitching appearances for Rollins, earning a 2.60 ERA in 43.0 innings.
TRACKING THE MOCS:
Florida Southern is batting .306 as a team, on the campaign, good enough for third in the SSC. Erica Morrissey is pacing the Mocs with .359 batting average, and a .471 on base percentage. Shannon Bell sits third in the conference with a .660 slugging percentage. The outfielder has slapped five doubles, one triple, and one homerun on the year.
Mocs’ pitchers hold the two lowest ERAs in the SSC, and as a team the staff has maintained a 1.31 ERA for the first 13 games. Kelli Gault is 4-1 in five appearances, with a conference leading 0.38 ERA, and Kristen Beacham holds a 1.19 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched.
The Tars swept Florida Southern in Lakeland last year, defeating the Mocs 5-3 to open the series, before winning both games of the double header, 7-3 and 2-1 respectively.
Since 2013 Rollins is 11-1 against Florida Southern, including sweeps in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Harrison is in the midst of an eleven game hitting streak, and has hit safely in all but one of the Tars’ games she has participated in this season.
Both Reed and Hailee Keisling stroked triples last week, giving each player nine for their career. The two now share the fifth spot on Rollins all time list, and need just two more to move into a tie for third.
Michelle Frew is 751-309-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars start a busy week of non-conference action next Monday, March 6, when they will be vistied by Claflin for a double header, first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Later in the week Rollins will play host to Lander, Mount Olive and American International.
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