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PREVIEW: Tars to Play Seven Games over Six Day Stretch

PREVIEW: Tars to Play Seven Games over Six Day Stretch

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (11-11, 4-5 SSC) vs. Tiffin (6-3, 0-0 GLIAC)
Rollins (11-11, 4-5 SSC) vs. Southwest Minnesota State (3-3, 0-0 NSIC)
Rollins (11-11, 4-5 SSC) at Florida Southern (12-5, 5-4 SSC) 

WHERE:
TU: Rollins Softball Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
SMSU: Rollins Softball Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
FSC: Barnett Athletic Complex – Lakeland, Fla. 

WHEN:
TU: Monday, March 5, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. (DH)
SMSU: Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. (DH)
FSC: Friday, March 9, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
        Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. (DH)

COVERAGE:
TU: Watch | Live Stats
SMSU: Watch | Live Stats
FSC: Watch | Live Stats 

SET-UP:
The Tars do not have long to dwell on a Sunshine State Conference sweep at the hands of the No. 17 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, as they have to turn around quickly for nonconference action on Monday.  Rollins hosts the Tiffin University Dragons, who make their way to Winter Park for doubleheader action on Monday.  The Tars will host another doubleheader on Thursday, against Southwest Minnesota State.  Rollins then returns to SSC play with a trip to Lakeland to take on rival Florida Southern, for a three game series, closing a busy week of action. 

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins is batting .253 on the year as a team, and have scored 94 runs through their first 22 games of 2018.  Chandler Middlebrook leads the Tars at the plate.  The senior is batting .359, with a .469 on base percentage, and a .625 slugging mark.  The Auburndale, Florida native has also blasted two homeruns on the year, tied for the team lead with Brianne Lint and Grace Street.  Middlebrook and junior Abigail Sexton are locked in a tight race for the conference lead in RBI; Middlebrook currently leads with 19, but Sexton is right behind her with 18 driven in. 

The Tars have used three pitchers on the year, who have combined for a 2.67 ERA.  Abby Summers has made 17 appearances, 16 starts, and hold a 3.07 ERA, with 71 strikeouts.  Grace Street has tallied a 2.17 ERA, and is one week removed from being named SSC Pitcher of the Week.  Erin Crawford tallied a no-hitter in her first career start last week against Kentucky State. 

TRACKING THE DRAGONS:
Tiffin opened the year with five consecutive wins, but fell in doubleheader action last time out against SSC institution Eckerd. 

Through nine games Jamie Sevenish leads the Dragon offense, batting .400, with an on base percentage of .417.  The junior also leads the team in runs with seven, and stolen bases with five.  Sierra Besser-Paul is pacing Tiffin in RBI, driving in nine so far in 2018, while Brooke Lambert has blasted the Dragons only homerun. 

In the circle Tiffin relies heavily on Tiffany Snell, a junior, and Kimmy Reynolds, a senior.  Each have made four starts, Snell registering a 4-1 record, while Reynolds holds a 2-2 mark.  Snell has a 1.81 ERA in 31.0 inning, while Reynolds has struck out 28 batters in just 22.1 innings pitched. 

TRACKING THE MUSTANGS:
Southwest Minnesota State enters the week 3-3, having gone 3-1 at the Dragon Beaver Bash last time out.  The Mustangs have busy week as well; before they head to Rollins Softball Stadium they have to close out a three game series against Eckerd, and play doubleheaders against Tampa and Warner. 

Southwest Minnesota State is batting a combined .267, and have scored 24 runs in their first six contests, with two Mustangs keeping their averages over. 400.  Baily Johnson is hitting .467, with an on base percentage of .600, both tops on the team.  Kali Tomlinson has maintained a .444 average, and leads the team in slugging at .778, coming on the back of three doubles and a homerun. 

Three pitchers have taken to the circle for the Mustangs.  Athena Golling has appeared in four games, and hold a 3.27 ERA in 15.0 innings of work.  Shelby Crank has tallied a 2-1 record in three appearances, all starts.  Megan Cull has struck out five batters in four appearances, and 7.0 innings. 

TRACKING THE MOCS:
The Mocs used a doubleheader sweep to take an SSC series from the Lynn Fighting Knights over the weekend.  Before they welcome Rollins Florida Southern will host doubleheaders against Chestnut Hill and Hillsdale. 

Shannon Bell has proved to be the most dangerous bat in the Mocs lineup through the first part of the year.  The senior outfielder is hitting .453, with a .508 on base percentage, a team leading 12 RBI, 12 runs scored, two homeruns, three triples, and a double.  Junior catcher Zierra Flodman is batting .340 on the year, and is tied for second on the squad with seven RBI. 

Kelli Gault leads a deep pitching rotation.  Gault have earned a 1.40 ERA over 40.0 innings, going 4-2 in seven starts, with one complete game.  Kristen Beacham is not far behind with a 1.62 ERA in nine appearances, including six starts; she also leads the team in strikeouts with 26.  Aubrey Ehlers holds a 2.24 ERA in 34.1 innings of work. 

NOTES:

  • Brianne Lint needs just three hits to tally hit number 100 in the Blue and Gold.
  • Rollins swept Florida Southern last season, taking all three games here in Winter Park.
  • Michelle Frew is 782-335-1, and ranks as the 16th winningest active coach in Division II. 

NEXT:
Rollins will close out their nonconference slate next week.  The Tars will start with a pair of games in Clermont for the PFX Spring Games, against Quincy and Bloomsburg, then battle Southern Connecticut State in doubleheader action on Thursday, March 15. 

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