Rollins (22-16, 5-7 SSC) vs. Embry-Riddle (18-18)
Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Friday, March 31, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars will look to recover from a sweep at the hands of the Florida Tech Panthers, and end a four game skid, as they host Sunshine State Conference provisional member Embry-Riddle to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for a three game set. Rollins struggled to get the bats going in the first two games against the Panthers, falling 3-1 and 2-0, before dropping a tight series finale by the score of 6-5. The upcoming games against the Eagles are the fourth, fifth, and sixth of an eight game home stand for the Tars.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins remains the third best hitting team in the SSC, with a team batting average of .291, the Tars sit second with a .411 slugging percentage. Rollins 190 runs on the year are also the second highest total in the conference. Sarah Harrison leads the Tars with a .358 batting average on the year. Hailee Keisling is close behind, batting .350, while the senior first baseman sits second in the SSC with a .483 on base percentage, and is tied for the conference lead, drawing 28 walks on the year. Brianne Lint is part of a six way tie for second in the conference in homeruns, blasting five balls over the wall this season. The Tars sit one and three in the RBI rankings, centerfielder Chelsea Reed sits atop the list with 31 runs driven in, while Lint is third with 28.
The Tars have recorded a 2.89 ERA as a staff in 2017, throwing four shutouts. Opposing batters are hitting .258 against Rollins pitching. Sarah Piening leads the Rollins staff, the freshman has tallied a 2.91 ERA, with 13 wins on the year. Amanda Guglietta made her first appearance in the circle for the Tars against Florida Tech. The Miami, Florida native threw 5.2 shutout innings.
TRACKING THE EAGLES:
Embry-Riddle is also looking to put a sweep behind them, as they fell to Palm Beach Atlantic in three straight, last time out. The Sailfish took game one 6-4, then completed the sweep, taking both games of a double-header 5-2 and 5-3 respectively.
Embry-Riddle is batting .259 as a team, with a .319 slugging percentage. Maggie Scott is pacing the Eagle offense, registering a team leading .418 batting average on the year. The freshman also leads Embry-Riddle with six doubles, four triples, .533 slugging percentage, and a .500 on base percentage. Kassidy Simons leads the Eagles with two homeruns and 20 RBI, while Anna Battison has been successful on a team leading 16 of her 18 steal attempts.
Simons and Ilona Andringa see much of the action in the circle for Embry-Riddle. Andringa has appeared in 22 games, making 21 starts and compiling an 11-9 record with a 1.59 ERA. The junior has struck out 160 batters in 132.1 innings. Simons has made 22 appearances with 15 starts and a 2.48 ERA. The Simi Valley, California native has tossed 11 complete games and three shutouts.
· Rollins is 3-2 all time against Embry-Riddle, the two teams first faced off in 2015.
· The Eagles took two of three from the Tars last year; Rollins captured the series opener, but Embry-Riddle won the final two games, including an 11 inning marathon in game three.
· Chelsea Reed is sitting on 117 runs scored, one away from tying for seventh in Rollins history, 179 hits, one away from taking sole possession of ninth in the Tars’ record books, 18 homeruns, one away from cracking the top-10 all time, 33 doubles, one away from a tie for eighth all-time, and 10 triples, one away from a tie for third.
· Hailee Keisling has moved into fourth all-time on the Rollins hit list with 206 career hits. The senior is also one steal way from the top-10 list, and one double away from taking sole possession of sixth place.
· The Tars are leading the SSC in both double plays turned and homeruns, tallying 22 of each. The team’s double-play total is two times higher than any other SSC member.
· Rollins is second in the conference with 66 stolen bases on the year.
· Michelle Frew is 764-317-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will venture outside of the SSC for the final time this season when they host Flagler to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for double-header action on Tuesday, April 4. First Pitch is set for 5 p.m.
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