WINTER PARK, Fla. (June 14, 2011) - For the first time in school history, the Rollins softball team posted Division II's best earned run average, it was announced with the release of the final NCAA statistics on Tuesday.
The Tars held a 0.77 ERA at the completion of a season that saw Rollins go 45-4 and earn a third-straight Sunshine State Conference championship. Conference foe Tampa was second in the nation with a 0.98 ERA while Dowling was third (1.10 ERA). Rollins' staff was backed by the fifth best defense in Division II that committed just 30 errors and earned a .975 fielding percentage.
Individually, SSC Pitcher of the Year and All-America hurler Hope Bitzer held the top ERA in the nation with a 0.61. Kirsten Frame posted a 0.66 ERA and was second in Division II. Bitzer ranked 20th in strikeouts per game (9.0) with Frame's 8.4 K's per game coming in 31st. Bitzer allowed just 3.24 hits per game, ranking second in the nation, with Frame's 3.83 ranking eighth. In total shutouts, Bitzer was sixth with 12 on the season.
At the plate, the Tars finished 10th in the nation in team batting average, hitting .341. Grand Valley State topped the list with a .366 average. Rollins was also ninth in slugging percentage (.535), 13th in doubles per game (1.78) and 26th in home runs per game (0.96).
All-America catcher and SSC Player of the Year Christine Roser ranked 24th in the nation with a team-record 18 doubles, while drawing a sixth-best 0.86 walks per game and posting the eighth best on base percentage (.560). The senior was also 15th in runs scored per game (1.14) with fellow veteran Monica Meadows scoring a 22nd-best 1.08 times per night. Shortstop Amber Pederson, who hit between Meadows and Roser, was 11th in sacrifice hits per game.
Rollins pitching staff will remain intact for the 2012 as the Tars will look to stay remain as one of the nation's premier teams.