Rollins (19-9) vs. Kutztown (9-5)
Rollins (19-9) vs. No. 25 Southern New Hampshire (5-1)
Rollins (19-9) vs. Eckerd (11-18)
KU: Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
SNHU: Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
EC: St. Petersburg, Fla.
KU: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
SNHU: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
EC: Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars are 13 games into a 17 home stretch, and have so far amassed a 12-1 record on the stand. Rollins is coming off a busy week, where they played four double-headers all against non-conference opponents. Rollins will continue their string of non-conference foes this week, welcoming Kutztown and Southern New Hampshire to Winter Park during the week. The Tars will then take to the road again to play a weekend series in St. Petersburg against Eckerd College.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars have seen their team batting average climb throughout the home stand; they currently stand at third in the Sunshine State Conference hitting .305 on the year. The Tars are also one of three teams in the SSC slugging over .400, at .424; the Tars have blasted a conference leading 16 homeruns. Sarah Harrison leads the Tars, batting .383, Hailee Keisling is close behind, hitting .373 in her senior campaign. A pair of Tars, Brianne Lint and Chelsea Reed, are tied for second in the SSC with four homeruns a piece. Two Tars sit atop the RBI count, Reed driving in 26 players so far, while sophomore catcher Abigail Sexton sits second with 22 RBI.
While the team batting average has grown the team ERA has shrunk, as Rollins has given up less than two runs in seven of the 13 games played on the home stand. The team ERA currently stands at 2.69, with opposing hitters batting .234 against Rollins’ pitching. Freshman Sarah Piening is currently second in the SSC with 11 wins on the year, also picking up her first save as a Tar last week.
TRACKING THE GOLDEN BEARS:
Kutztown received votes in the latest NFCA Division II Poll. Last time out the Bears were competing in the NTC College Spring Games. Kutztown went 2-2 at the competition, defeating Saint Anselm and Drury while falling to Walsh and Ohio Dominican.
Gabby Tarella leads the Kutztown offense, batting .488 on the year, slapping 6 doubles, tallying 11 RBI, and slugging .634. The left fielder has tallied a hit in 20 of her 41 at bats, and owns a .532 on base percentage. Cheyenne Jones owns the only two Bear’s homeruns on the season, the redshirt sophomore also leads the team with four triples.
Savannah Nierintz leads a staff that has registered a 2.25 ERA on the season. The senior has made 11 appearances, including seven starts, tallying a 1.71 ERA. The Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania native has also thrown six complete games, two of which were shutouts.
TRACKING THE PENMEN:
Southern New Hampshire comes to Winter Park after breaking into the NFCA Division II Poll top-25, checking in at No. 25. The Penmen split a double-header with Molloy last time out, winning game one 8-5, before dropping game two 7-3. Southern New Hampshire will play double-headers against Embry-Riddle and Dominican (N.Y.) before taking on the Tars.
Southern New Hampshire is batting .243 as a team, with a combined .313 on base percentage. The Penmen’s offense is paced by junior Katie Horiuchi. The outfielder is batting a team leading .345 on the year while also slugging a team best .621. Horiuchi is tied with sophomore Erin Garczynski and senior Jessica Torsiello for the team lead with two doubles, and with freshman Hannah Neverett for the team lead with two homeruns.
Four pitcher have split time in the circle for the Penmen. Together the quartet have a 2.56 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 71.0 innings. Maddy Barone has made five appearances, four of which were starts, tossing three complete games and two shutouts. Nicole Gubellini has appeared for times, recording a 1.22 ERA.
TRACKING THE TRITONS:
Eckerd enters their showdown with the Tars at 11-18 on the year, and 0-6 in SSC action. The Tritons dropped a pair of heartbreakers in a sweep at the hands of Saint Leo last time out. The Lions bested the Tritons 4-3 in eight innings, and 5-4 in nine innings to clinch the sweep.
Eckerd currently sits at the bottom of the conference in batting average, .221, slugging percentage, .276, and runs, 72. Rachel Luckett is leading the Triton attack, batting .286 on the year, with a .396 slugging percentage, and 13 RBI. The junior has registered five doubles, one triple, and one homerun on the year. Carrie Shere has taken two balls over the wall to lead the Tritons.
Nikole Van Gennep has seen much of the pitching action for Eckerd, tallying 128.0 innings pitched in 22 appearances, with 17 starts. The sophomore is 7-13 with a 2.08 ERA, 12 complete games and a pair of shutouts. The Mokena, Illinois native ranks sixth in the SSC with 57 strikeouts.
· Chelsea Reed is moving up a number of the Tars’ all-time lists. She is currently ninth in runs scored, just one run away from a tie for eighth, she is one hit away from tying assistant coach Brittany Johnson for 10th all-time at 170, she is one homerun and two RBI away from a tie for tenth all-time, she recently passed Johnson and Amber Pederson to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all time steals list, she is tied for 10th all-time in doubles, with 32, and tied for fifth all time in triples.
· Hailee Keisling looks to become just the fifth Tar ever to record 200 hits, the senior first baseman is currently sitting on 196. The lead off batter also need just one more double to move up to sixth on the all-time list.
· The Tars are leading the SSC in both double plays turned and homeruns.
· Rollins is second in the conference with 49 stolen bases on the year.
· Michelle Frew is 761-310-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will return to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for a three game series against the Florida Tech Panthers. Game one is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m.
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