Rollins (12-8) vs. Claflin (7-7)
Rollins (12-8) vs. Lander (9-13)
Rollins (12-8) vs. Mount Olive (11-11)
Rollins (12-8) vs. American International (0-0)
Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
CU: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
LU: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
UMO: Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
AIC: Friday, March 10, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
Rollins is set to start a busy week; the Tars will host four non-conference opponents to Martin Luther King Jr. Park for double-header action. The Tars are coming off a sweep of Sunshine State Conference rivals Florida Southern. The Tars were sparked by a two homerun game by Chelsea Reed in game one, got a stellar pitching performance from Erin Fortney in game two, and, finally, got timely hitting from senior Hailee Keisling to take game three. The wins improved the Tars’ record to 12-8, and 4-2 in SSC play.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars boosted their team average to .301, third highest total in the conference, while also sitting third with a .406 team slugging percentage. Sarah Harrison still holds the team’s highest average, despite losing a 12 game hitting streak in the matchup with the Mocs, as the freshman is hitting .414 on the year. Keisling has seen her average climb in recent contests, and is now hitting .393, eighth highest in the SSC. Brianne Lint took over the conference lead with her fourth homerun of the year, and is currently third in the Sunshine State with a .615 slugging percentage. Reed leads the SSC with 20 RBI.
As a unit, Rollins pitchers have a 3.19 ERA, with batters hitting .258 against them. Sarah Piening tallied two wins against Florida Southern to boost her record to 7-2 on the year. Fortney’s impressive outing in game two lowered her ERA to 1.71 on the year.
TRACKING THE PANTHERS:
Claflin is coming off a hard fought double-header sweep of Augusta University, taking a 10 inning contest 9-8 in game one, and winning an 11-6 shootout in game two.
Chelise Morman is pacing the Panthers at the plate. The sophomore outfielder is batting .409 on the year with five homeruns. Tiaria Norman is slugging .913 to lead Claflin, hitting three doubles and three homeruns on the season. Chelsea Hall has knocked in 15 runs on the campaign.
In the circle Norman has amassed a 4-1 record in six appearances, including four starts. The junior has thrown 36.0 innings, maintained a 2.53 ERA and struck out 42 batters.
TRACKING THE BEARCATS:
Lander is coming off a double-header sweep of UNC Pembroke, but prior to the 6-0 and 3-1 wins, the Bearcats had dropped five in a row.
Brianna Surrento is batting .373, slugging .627, and has powered four homeruns, all three numbers lead Lander. Madison Moore, a sophomore infielder, has batted in 15 runs to top the Bearcats. MaKenzie Smith has earned a .419 on base percentage and stolen six bases.
McKenzi Ferguson leads Lander with four wins on the year; the Erwin, Tennessee native has also registered a 3.12 ERA in 13 appearances and 60.2 innings. The Bearcats have used four pitchers on the year, and they have combined to give up 18 homeruns.
TRACKING THE TROJANS:
Mount Olive is 3-3 in their last six games, and are coming off a pair of home wins over Belmont Abbey.
Kayla Allen has only appeared in 10 games for the Trojans, but leads the team with .471 batting average and six doubles. The junior outfielder is also slugging a team best .706. Karen Foley has blasted two of Mount Olive’s five homeruns on the year.
Emily Chaisson is pacing the Trojans pitchers with a 2.40 ERA, and a 6-2 record. The freshman has also tossed four complete games. Kylie Ward has made 11 starts for the Trojans, with a 3.16 ERA in 31.0 innings. The Trojans have yet to register a shutout on the year.
The Trojans will visit Embry-Riddle and Flagler before making the trip to Winter Park.
TRACKING THE YELLOW JACKETS:
American International is coming off a 17-21 campaign in 2016. The Yellow Jackets were selected fifth in the Southwest Division of the Northeast10.
Keymell Cartwright is the Yellow Jackets top returner at the plate. The senior outfielder hit .326 in her junior campaign. Kaley Klepf enters her sophomore year after leading American International with four homeruns and 19 RBI as a freshman.
Senior Alyssa Camargo highlights the pitching staff for the Yellow Jackets coming into the 2017 season. The senior made 20 appearances last year, earning an 8-10 record and a 3.85 ERA and a pair of shutouts.
· Last time Rollins and Claflin faced off, the then seventh ranked Tars dominated the Panthers 14-0 at the 2009 Clark Atlanta Invitational.
· The last time the Tars faced off against the Lander Bearcats was opening day of the 2014 season, the Tars defeated Lander 4-2 in eight innings.
· The then 19th ranked Tars swept a double-header against Mount Olive in 2012, taking game one 4-3 before shutting out the Trojans 8-0 in game two.
· The Tars have shown talent with both their gloves and their bats, leading the SSC in both homeruns, with 11, and double plays, with 11.
· Keisling has moved into eighth on the all-time Rollins hits list with 187. She is five hits from seventh place, and only 13 away from becoming only the fifth Tar with 200 career hits.
· Keisling and Reed are both on the cusp of breaking into the career top-ten list in both homeruns and RBI.
· Michelle Frew is 754-309-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars continue their non-conference home stand with double-headers against Kutztown on Tuesday, March 4, and Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday, March 15. Games are scheduled to begin a 6 p.m. both nights.