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PREVIEW: Tars Start Busy Week at Home Tuesday

PREVIEW: Tars Start Busy Week at Home Tuesday

Tuesday, April 16 – Rollins vs. Flagler – 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 – Rollins vs. Barry – 4  p.m.
Friday, April 19 – Rollins vs. Barry (DH) - Noon

Winter Park, Fla. | Alfond Stadium

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Set-up:  Fresh off a series win over Saint Leo, which included walk-off hits in a doubleheader sweep, Rollins continues its homestand with four games at Alfond Stadium this week. The Tars host Flagler in nonconference action on Tuesday and then welcome Barry for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series before the Easter weekend. Rollins is 22-13 (10-8 SSC) on the year and has won four of its last five. The Tars visited Flagler in the sixth game of the season, coming out with a 6-2 win in St. Augustine…The Saints sit second in the Peach Belt Conference with an overall record of 24-17. They have won seven in a row, including a sweep of 19th-ranked Columbus State; a team that swept Rollins earlier in the year. Flagler is 2-8 against SSC teams this season…Barry is 24-13 overall and 11-10 in league play. The Buccaneers are coming off a nonconference series win over Montevallo, missing out on the sweep with a 15-7 loss its last time out. Rollins is 17-5 at home this season will Flagler is 6-10 on the road and Barry 5-5 away from Miami.

Tracking the Tars: After dropping the series opener to Saint Leo on Friday, Rollins won a pair of thrillers Saturday to take the series from the Lions. The Tars came back from six runs down to win 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth to start the double dip and took the nightcap 4-3 in 10 innings. Rollins is fifth in the SSC standings, a game back of Embry-Riddle in fourth and three behind second place Eckerd and Tampa.

Jack Gonzalez leads the Tars offense on the year, hitting .348 with 15 extra base hits (five homers) and 21 RBIs. Luke Reidy had a big week against Saint Leo and is now hitting .293 with a team-best nine doubles on the year. Cameron Montgomery is batting .289 with 22 RBI with Cameron Meehan's 32 RBIs leading the way.

Rollins pitching staff leads the conference with 351 strikeouts and is second in the SSC with a combined 3.84 ERA. Jimmy Robbins (3.14 ERA) picked up both wins against Leo and is 6-2 with three saves on the year. His 75 strikeouts in 51.2 innings is third best in the SSC. Cameron Enck has a 3.31 ERA and is 5-2 on the season while Garrett Leonard is 2-2 in 10 starts with 64 strikeouts.

Tracking the Saints: Flagler is in the hunt for the Peach Belt Conference title and brings a seven game winning streak into Winter Park. Aaron Anderson leads the way for Flagler, hitting .363 with 26 RBI. Sean Lawlor bats .329 and leads the team with 31 runs batted in. Jason Moore (.315) is also a top hitter as the Saints are batting .272 collectively. Robert Girgis is 8-0 in 10 starts and carries a 1.88 ERA to highlight Flagler's pitching staff. Ryan Ashworth (4.07 ERA) is 5-2 on the year and Derick Garcia (6.04 ERA) is 3-3 on the season. Flagler has used no less than four pitchers in its midweek, nonconference games and is expected to get the bullpen work against Rollins.

Tracking the Bucs: Barry is seventh in the league standings heading into the final few weeks of the season. The Bucs are the best hitting team in the SSC with a combined .314 average, but rank third to last in ERA at 5.14. Freddie Matos leads the SSC and Barry with a .409 batting average. Chris Caberea is third in the conference with a .398 batting average and 40 RBIs. Justin Lamazares hits .359 with five homers and Andrew Rapoza is batting .336. Frank Gonzales II leads the Bucs pitching staff with a 3.58 ERA and 5-1 record in 11 appearance. He has 56 strikeouts to just eight walks on the year. Pablo Arevaleo has a 4.57 ERA in 45 inning of work and Myles Gayman carries a 8.24 ERA and 2-3 record in 10 appearances.

Next up: Rollins will cap its eight-game home stand on Tuesday, April 23 hosting Florida Southern in a nonconference game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at


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