Rollins (23-18) vs. Flagler (30-17)
Rollins (23-18, 5-7 SSC) at Nova Southeastern (20-19, 8-7 SSC)
FC: Winter Park, Fla. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
NSU: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
FC: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
NSU: Friday, April 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars have lost three consecutive series, as they enter their final non-conference battles of the year, and prepare to close out the regular season with a string of 12 consecutive Sunshine State Conference opponents. Last time out the Tars shutout the Eagles of Embry-Riddle in game one, but fell in games two and three to drop the series. This week the Tars will play a midweek double-header against the Flagler Saints before reentering SSC action with a visit to Fort Lauderdale to take on the Nova Southeastern Sharks.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins currently sits third in the conference, batting .289 as a team, while their .412 slugging percentage places them second on the year. Senior, leadoff hitter, Hailee Keisling leads the Tars, and ranks eighth in the SSC, with a .365 batting average. The first baseman is second in the conference in on base percentage, at .494, and leads the SSC in walks, with 30. Brianne Lint is tied for third in the conference with six homeruns, while the Tars as a team lead the Sunshine State with 26 long balls. Lint and Chelsea Reed sit one-two in the RBI race, Reed pacing the conference with 32, while Lint is right behind her with 30.
Rollins has amassed a 2.95 ERA as a team this season. The pitching staff has struck out 140 batters over 273 innings of work. Grace Street leads the Tars with 2.70 ERA, while freshman Sarah Piening has tallied 13 wins on the year. In recent contests the Tars have used a pitcher by committee system, with Piening, Amanda Guglietta, and Street all seeing time in the circle.
TRACKING THE SAINTS:
Flagler comes in riding an eight game winning streak, sweeping four straight double-headers over Peach Belt Conference opposition. Most recently the Saints downed Georgia Southwestern 4-3 in eight innings, then 10-2 in five frames.
The Saints come to Winter Park batting .270 as a team, having scored 190 runs in 47 contests. Mackenzie Conley is pacing Flagler batting .338 on the year. The senior has also blasted a team leading 11 homeruns and slapped eight doubles, second most on the team, earning a .615 slugging percentage. Whitney Woodard has hit 15 doubles, earned a .448 on base percentage and, has also successfully stole on 36 of her 38 attempts, all team leading totals.
In the circle Flagler is led by Ally Marcano. The freshman from Middletown, New York has registered a 20-5 record in 31 appearances for the Saints. The lefty has held batters to a .193 average and has maintained a 1.81 ERA. Katelynn Smith and Callie Reed have both made 19 appearances, tallying 2.46 and 3.52 ERA’s respectively.
TRACKING THE SHARKS:
Nova Southeastern comes into the Rollins series following two losses to Florida Tech. The Sharks took game one of their three game set, but fell in both games of a Saturday double-header to drop their series to the Panthers.
Nova Southeastern are batting .251 as a squad, with a .339 slugging percentage and a .330 on base percentage. Dana Edmundson leads the Sharks with a .371 batting average. The junior outfielder is atop the SSC with nine homeruns on the year. She is also second in slugging percentage at. 653, fifth in on base percentage at .455, and seventh with 26 RBI. Dakota Villella is batting .306, second highest total on the team, while stealing 21 bases in 25 attempts to lead Nova Southeastern on the base paths.
Lexie Storrer highlights a staff that has recorded a 2.98 ERA on the year. The freshman from Olathe, Kansas has made 23 appearances for the Sharks, and all but one have been starts. She has recorded a 2.02 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 149 inning of work, throwing 22 complete games and 6 shutouts.
Rollins and Flagler split a double-header last season, the Saints took game one 9-3 before the Tars rebounded to win game two 5-4.
The Tars are 6-3 all-time against the Saints, first facing off in 2009.
Rollins swept Nova Southeastern in Winter Park last season. The Tars won both games of a double-header, 7-4. 7-0 to open the set, then completed the sweep with a five inning 11-1 victory in game three.
Rollins is 33-9 all-time against Nova Southeastern, and 21-1 since 2010.
Rachel Minier, who is batting .303, with eight doubles, for the Tars as a senior, will return to her old stomping grounds; the Orlando native saw action in 22 games for the Sharks last season.
Michelle Frew is 764-319-1, in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
The Tars will return to Winter Park for their final home series of the year. Rollins will host SSC foe Lynn to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for a three game set. The two teams will play a double-header on Thursday, April 13 to kick off the series; play is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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