Rollins (17-12, 6-6 SSC) vs. Quincy (8-6, 0-0 GLVC)
Rollins (17-12, 6-6 SSC) vs. Bloomsburg (4-3, 0-0 PSAC)
Rollins (17-12, 6-6 SSC) vs. Southern Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NE-10)
QU: Hancock Park – Clermont, Fla.
BU: Hancock Park – Clermont, Fla.
SCSU: Rollins Softball Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
QU: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.
BU: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.
SCSU: Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars will venture outside of the Sunshine State Conference for the final time this week. The Tars, who took two of three from Florida Southern, in Lakeland, last time out, will play four nonconference games against three opponents this week. The Tars will start the week with a pair of contests as part of the PFX Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. Rollins will take on Quincy, who will make the trip down from Illinois, and Bloomsburg of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Tars will then close nonconference play by hosting a doubleheader against the Southern Connecticut State Owls.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars are hitting .265 as a team, and have produced 126 runs on the year, third most in the SSC. Chandler Middlebrook continues to pace the team offensively. The senior is batting .356, with a .463 on base percentage, a .609 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, and three homeruns, all team bests; she also leads the SSC with 25 RBI. Jordan Davis is batting .337, primarily out of the leadoff roll, and leads the SSC in stolen bases, with 18. Freshman Talia Kentoffio has seen her average balloon to .317 with her recent performances.
Abby Summers and Grace Street continue to see the majority of the time in the circle for the Tars. Summers has appeared in 21 games, making 20 starts, and sits third in the SSC with 88 strikeouts. Street has tallied 85.2 innings pitched, and has earned an 8-3 record in 2018.
TRACKING THE HAWKS:
Quincy had a five game winning streak snapped by Findlay last time out. At the PFX Spring Games already the Hawks have downed Ashland, Minnesota State-Moorhead, and California (Pa.). The Hawks take on St. Cloud State and Southern Connecticut State before facing the Tars.
Morgan Heckman leads the Quincy attack, batting .479 through 14 games this season. The junior leads the team in runs, with 13, doubles, with eight, triples, with three, and homeruns, with three. She is slugging an outstanding .958. Jessica Poore has seen action in 10 games for the Hawks and has maintained a .424 average. Megan Sharpshair and Kylie Powers have each driven in 10 runs.
Mackenzie Collier and Sara Demuth have seen most of the action in the circle, however the Hawks have used a total of five pitchers on the year. Collier is 3-1 with a 3.36 ERA, while Demuth is 4-1 with 31.2 innings pitched.
TRACKING THE HUSKIES:
Bloomsburg lost back-to-back games against Chowan and West Virginia Wesleyan to close out their Regional Crossover Tournament last time out. The Huskies face off against the Southern New Hampshire Penmen at the PFX Spring Games before turning their attention to Rollins.
Through seven games Ashli Venokur and Kalynn Wheeland are both hitting .647. Both players have also knocked two doubles and a homerun, while Wheeland, a redshirt junior, leads the team with seven RBI. Venokur, Maggie Hall, and Emily Mayhew have each driven five runners home. Taylor Winkelman is the only Huskie to attempt a steal on the year, and she was successful.
The Huskies have sent four pitchers to the mound, and have a team ERA of 5.84 on the year. Tara Baney has pitched 11.2 innings, and has maintained a 1.20 ERA. Abby Wild and Alyssa Davis are each 2-1 on the year.
TRACKING THE OWLS:
Southern Connecticut State opened their season with a pair of losses, against Fairmont State, and NYIT, at the PFX Spring Games. The Owls will match up against Minnesota-Crookston, Quincy, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Lock Haven in Clermont before making the short trip to Winter Park on Thursday.
The Owls were selected seventh in the Northeast-10 Preseason Poll. Bryanna McIntosh paced SCSU in their opening two games, going 4-5 at the plate, with a homerun, a steal, and two runs scored. Sara Buscetto and Delany Turner tallied the only other RBI for the Owls.
Southern Connecticut State used four pitchers over their two games. Jazmyn Martinez and Victoria Ceballos picked up the decisions. Martinez threw 4.0 innings, and holds a 1.75 ERA, while Ceballos threw 6.3 with a 3.15 ERA.
- Chandler Middlebrook leads the SSC in doubles and RBI, while Abigail Sexton sits third in the conference in RBI.
- Jordan Davis needs just nine more steals to move into the Rollins single season steals top-10 list.
- Brianne Lint needs just two more homeruns to move into a tie for ninth on the Tars' all-time list.
- Michelle Frew is 788-336-1, and ranks as the 16th winningest active coach in Division II.
After taking a week off, the Tars will host SSC foe Eckerd at Rollins Softball Stadium. First pitch of game one against the Tritons is set for 7 p.m.
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