Rollins (22-17, 8-10 SSC) vs. Embry-Riddle (25-11, 13-8 SSC)
Daytona Beach, Fla. – ERAU Softball Stadium
Friday, April 6, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars have dropped back to back series for the first time this season, and will be looking to get back on track as they prepare to face Sunshine State Conference newcomer Embry-Riddle. The Tars could only salvage one game at Florida Tech last time out, and Rollins will stay on the road to face the Eagles. Rollins and Embry-Riddle were selected in a tie for fourth in the Preseason SSC Coaches Poll, but currently the Eagles sit second with the Tars in fifth.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins is batting .265 on the year, the Tars have scored 161 runs, the fourth highest total in the SSC. Chandler Middlebrook continues to lead the Rollins offense. The senior first basemen is pacing the Tars in batting average, on base percentage, slugging, doubles, and RBI. Jordan Davis, who is batting .339 primarily out of the leadoff spot in the order, has tallied 28 stolen bases on the year. Brianne Lint has blasted six homeruns on the year to lead Rollins in that category. Abigail Sexton has driven in 26 runs, including two crucial scores in the Tars' lone win over Florida Tech last weekend.
Grace Street leads the Tars in the circle, earning an 11-6 mark on the year. The junior has maintained a 2.23 ERA while striking out almost six batters per seven innings. Abby Summers has made 27 appearances for Rollins, tallying a 10-11 mark so far in 2018.
TRACKING THE EAGLES:
Embry-Riddle, who is receiving votes in the latest NFCA Division II Poll, came out on the short end of a battle of the first and second place teams in the SSC last time out. Palm Beach Atlantic swept the Eagles, winning each game by just one run. The final score of both the second and third games of the series was just 1-0.
The Eagles sit fourth in the conference, batting .301 on the year, while their 13 triples is the most by any SSC team. Maggie Scott accounts for five of the three base hits, while also batting .328, with 23 RBI. Scott is also tied for the team lead with eight doubles, and leads the team with 32 runs scored. Katy Thompson is batting .370 to lead Embry-Riddle, her .425 on base percentage is also a team best. Kailah Rain is just edging Scott for the team lead in RBI, driving home 24 runs.
Ilona Andringa heads the Eagles pitching rotation. The senior has registered a 16-8 overall record in 24 appearances. The Netherlands native has maintained 1.33 ERA while tossing 19 complete games and three shutouts. Jayla Jackson and Lisa Hop with also see action in the circle.
- The Eagles took two of three from Rollins last season; the Tars took game one, but dropped both legs of a doubleheader to lose the series.
- Chandler Middlebrook continues to lead the conference in both doubles and RBI.
- Jordan Davis is tied for seventh in Rollins single season history with 28 steals.
- Brianne Lint sits seven RBI away from reaching 100 for her career; she also moved into ninth all-time in the Rollins record books with 59 career walks.
- Michelle Frew is 793-341-1, and ranks as the 16th winningest active coach in Division II.
The tars will return home to take on the Nova Southeastern Sharks next weekend, as they continue SSC action. First pitch of game one is set for Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
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