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PREVIEW: Tars Face Eagles in Three-Game Series

Anthony Travato
Anthony Travato

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (16-27, 4-20 SSC) at Embry-Riddle (18-26, 7-17 SSC) 

WHERE:
Sliwa Stadium – Daytona Beach, Fla. 

WHEN:
Friday, May 4, 2018 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Noon
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Noon 

COVERAGE:
WATCH/LISTEN – SSC Digital Network
LIVE STATS 

SET-UP:
Rollins takes its last road trip of the season, making the short trip up I-4 to Daytona Beach for a three-game set with Embry-Riddle. The series features three, single games beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday, April 4. Games on Saturday and Sunday are both set for Noon starts. The Tars are looking to bounce back after a winless April as the calendar turned to May and a final six games of the season. ERAU, in its first year as a full Sunshine State Conference member, is 7-17 in the league and coming off a series win against Barry and victory over Florida National.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Bryce Peterson leads the Tars offense on the season, hitting .319 with 23 extra base hits and 36 RBI. Brendan Brundage is hitting .285 while Nick Breen bats .284 with 23 RBI. Brian Brooker leads the team in runs batted in with 41 while hitting .273. Isaiah Russell and Nick Santucci have both swiped eight bases to lead the Tars on the season.

Brad Case carries a 3.31 ERA over 81.1 innings pitched to lead the Tars. He has struckout 68 while walking just 14 on the season. Cameron Enck has a 4.64 ERA on the year and leads the team with 75 strikeouts over 66 innings, good for 10.23 strikeouts per nine innings. Garrett Leonard is 4-5 on the year with a 6.05 ERA. Whit Drennan got a start against Tampa last week and was solid, allowing just four hits and two runs, one earned, with 11 strikeout sin four innings.

TRACKING THE EAGLES:
Embry-Riddle has won eight if its last nine, including a sweep of Lynn and series win of Barry in Sunshine State Conference action. Kyle Marsh is hitting .385 with 50 RBI behind eight doubles, three triples and nine homeruns. Kyle Guttveg bats .346 and has stolen a team-best 19 bases. Luis Oliver (.343 BA) and Zach Howard (.276 BA) both have 48 runs batted in for the Eagles.

Cody Crouse is 4-3 with a 6.09 ERA in 10 starts to lead ERAU's pitching staff. Matthew Russell is 2-2 with a 5.98 ERA and Garrett Goodall is 2-3 with a 5.89 ERA and team-high 41 strikeouts.  

NEXT:
Rollins closes the 2018 season at home with a three-games series against Florida Tech, May 10-12 with all three games starting at 1 p.m.

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