Rollins (16-11) Vs. Nova Southeastern (17-9)
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – NSU Baseball Complex
Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.
The Tars will look to get back on track after dropping three straight games to conference rival Eckerd last weekend. Rollins fell in game one 3-1, followed by a 7-4 loss in game two, and couldn't complete the comeback in the final game of the series, falling 5-4. The Tars currently sit at 16-11 overall, with a 4-5 Sunshine State Conference mark, which is good for a seventh-place spot in the SSC standings. Nova Southeastern completed the three-game sweep over Palm Beach Atlantic in their latest series. The Sharks improved to 17-9 overall, and sit second in the conference with a 9-3 record.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Offensively, the Tars have compiled a .288 batting average as a unit, while scoring 197 total runs. Rollins is led by seniors Nick Breen, Bryce Peterson, and Brian Brooker. Breen ranks second on the team with 34 hits so far this campaign, to go along with 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. The powerful duo of Peterson and Brooker has proven effective. The pair have totaled 64 hits, 17 home runs, and 68 RBI together already this season. Also chipping in is junior Brenden Brundage, who leads the team with 38 dingers, while also generating nine RBI.
The Tar's pitching staff will have to be ready for Nova's high powered offense. From the mound, the rotation of Cameron Enck, Brad Case, and Garrett Leonard has been the Tars go to almost all season long. Enck ranks fifth in the SSC with 62 total punch outs, and Case is second in total number of innings pitched at 52.2.
TRACKING THE SHARKS:
The Sharks have won their last three, and are coming off a three-game series sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic. Nova Southeastern has the top ranked offense in the SSC, with a .319 team batting average. The Sharks are led by Dylan Harris with a .411 batting average, to go along with 44 hits and 25 RBI on the year. Also chipping in offensively is Jake Anchia. Anchia leads the team with 10 homeruns and 33 RBI already this campaign.
On the hill mound for the Sharks, has been the rotation of Devin Conn, Derik Beauprez, and Brady Acker. Beuprez leads Nova Southeastern with four wins in seven appearances. Conn has registered 63 strikeouts, which ranks him fourth overall in the SSC. Joe Strzelecki and Michael Gizzi have each tallied two saves for the Sharks on the season.
·Rollins trails Nova Southeastern, 35-23 in all-time matchups
·The Tars took the series 2-1 last season against a nationally ranked NSU team
·Head Coach Jon Sjogren is 336-311-3 in his 13th season at the helm of Rollins Baseball
Rollins will return home to Alfond Stadium after playing their last two series away. Florida Southern will make the trip down I-4 to Alfond Stadium for a three-game series scheduled to start on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
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