Rollins (26-21, 8-10 SSC) vs. Barry (21-24, 9-12 SSC)

Buccaneer Field – Miami Shores, Fla.

Friday, April 21, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)

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The Tars recovered from a tough, extra innings, game one loss to the Lynn Fighting Knights, to take the final two contests, and win the series two games to one.  Rollins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one, but could not hold on, falling in eight frames.  Game two looked like it was slipping away from the Tars also, but Amanda Guglietta’s two out, two strike, walk-off grand slam gave Rollins a 6-5 victory.  The Tars fell behind early in the rubber match, but stormed back to take a 13-5 win in six innings.  Rollins will now begin a six game road trip with a three game set in Miami Shores where they will take on Sunshine State Conference foe, the Barry Buccaneers. 

Rollins holds the second highest batting average in the SSC, hitting .288 as a team, the Tars also remain second in the conference in slugging, at .414.  Senior, first baseman, Hailee Keisling is leading the Tars, and is seventh in the conference, hitting .356 on the year.  The first baseman is second in the conference in on base percentage, at .488, and leads the SSC in walks, with 34. Brianne Lint paces the Tars, and is tied for the third in the SSC, with seven homeruns.  Chandler Middlebrook does not appear to have any lingering issues from the injury that kept her out the first part of the Tars season, as the junior has already sent five balls over the outfield fence in just 12 games this season, including three against Lynn. Reed sits fifth in the conference in RBI, and leads the Tars with 32 runners driven in, Lint is one behind her at 31.  Freshman Sarah Harrison leads the Tars on the base paths, swiping 23 bags in her first season with Rollins.

Tars pitching has amassed a 2.96 ERA as a unit this season. Grace Street leads the Tars with 2.67 ERA. The sophomore moved to 8-10 on the year, picking up one win and one loss against the Fighting Knights.  Freshman Sarah Piening has tallied 14 wins on the year, picking up the game two victory, in relief, against Lynn. Guglietta was added to the pitching rotation late in the season, and has earned a 2-1 record in seven appearances, with one start.

Barry is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Keiser University.  Prior to their matchup with the Seahawks the Bucs took two of three from provisional SSC member Embry-Riddle.

Barry is batting .286 as a team, just under Rollins’ .288, and fourth highest total in the conference.  The Buccaneers are slugging .396, third best in the SSC.  Jasmine Harris is leading Barry, batting .373 on the year, she is also second in the conference with 15 doubles, and eight homeruns in 2017, giving her a league best .664 slugging percentage and 39 RBI.  Lynsey Duncan and Cheyanne Head have also stood out for the Bucs this season.  Duncan has hit .341 with 27 RBI, while Head is batting .340, and has been successful on 28 of her 29 steal attempts.

The Buccaneers pitching staff has recorded a 3.27 ERA, tallying a league low 144 strikeouts.  Christie Falcon has made 27 appearances for the Bucs, including 21 starts, producing a 3.05 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 133.1 innings.  Anieliese Palmeiro leads Barry with a 2.72 ERA in her 20 appearances, which include five complete games.

·      Barry came to Winter Park last year and upset the then No. 17 Tars with a three game sweep, including a 10 inning contest, that finished 10-9, in game two.
·      The Tars are 25-71 all-time against Barry.
·      Rollins is 3-6 in true road contests this season, dropping series to Palm Beach Atlantic, Eckerd, and Nova Southeastern.
·      Rollins and Barry currently sit six and seven in the SSC standings, as both teams look to jump over .500 in conference play.
·      The Tars are second in the conference, successfully stealing 81 bases on 92 attempts.
·      Rollins continues to pace the SSC in both homeruns and double plays.  The Tars have blasted 32 long balls, seven more than the next highest team, and have turned 26 double plays, 10 more that the second place squad.
·      Hailee Keisling needs just six hits in the Tars final six games to move into third place on the Rollins all-time list.
·      Michelle Frew is 767-322-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program. 

The Tars take to the road again next week.  Rollins will head west to close out their 2017 campaign with a three game set at No. 9 Saint Leo.  Game one is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m.

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