Rollins (2-0, 0-0 SSC) vs. Bentley (0-0, 0-0 NE-10)
Winter Park, Fla. – Rollins Softball Field at Martin Luther King Park
Friday, February 8, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
After their first contest of 2019 was rained out, the Tars kept their focus and ended their Hawaii trip with a doubleheader sweep over Chaminade, starting the year 2-0. Head Coach Michelle Frew earned wins number 799 and 800 on the trip, and will be looking for 801, 802, and 803 in the Tars' first home series of the season, a battle with Bentley Falcons. Bentley makes the trip to Florida to start their campaign; the February 9 first pitch will mark the earliest start to a Falcons' season in the program's history. Despite hailing from Massachusetts, the Falcons are accustomed to playing in Florida, as annual participants at the Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. The Tars look to stay unbeaten in their first home series, and in their final series before they begin the Sunshine State Conference gauntlet.
WHO TO WATCH:
Leadoff hitter, and 2018 All-SSC Second Team honoree, Jordan Davis feasted on Silver Sword pitching in Hawaii. The centerfielder went 6-8, scored two runs, and stole three bases in the two games. Talia Kentoffio leads the team with three RBI, while fellow sophomore Lindsay Gehring drove in two runs. Raiven Bryant had an impressive debut weekend, slapping two doubles, driving in one run, and crossing the plate herself once. Overall nine Tars tallied hits during the doubleheader, and the Tars finished the weekend batting .356 as a team.
Rollins got a pair of dominating pitching performances. Freshman Ashley Worrell picked up her first collegiate win, tossing a complete game, and surrendering just one unearned run, on one hit. Senior Abby Summers then matched her teammate, throwing a complete game, two hit, shutout, in which she fanned 11 batters. The Tars also have arms Grace Street and Erin Crawford providing depth in the circle.
The Falcons are coming off a 15-27 season, where they were just below .500 in the Northeast 10 Conference, at 10-11. They have been picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Division of the NE-10. Bentley graduated three players from the 2018 squad, and returns 16 contributors. Most notable among those returning is Stacey Korotsky, a Second Team All-Conference performer; now a senior, she will look to improve on her .328 batting average, 10 RBI from last season. Also back are leading homerun hitter Juliana Romeo and the team leader in RBI Lea Thompson, both entering their junior campaigns.
Both of the Falcons top two arms are also returning to the circle. Lauren Calabrese made 26 appearances, earning a 5-10 record with a 4.30 ERA. Kayleigh Fitzpatrick saw action in 25 games, going 4-8, with a 3.95 ERA.
- Coach Frew sits as the 16th winningest active coach in Division II with a .696 winning percentage, while her 800 career wins place her 30th all-time in Division II. She is one win away from tying Karen Linder for 29th on the list.
- Rollins turned a triple play to record the final three outs of their second game against Chaminade last weekend. It was just the second triple play turned in Rollins softball history.
- The Tars are 9-1 in their last 10 home openers. The lone loss came last year to SSC foe Saint Leo; however, the Tars stormed back to take the series two games to one.
The Tars will open SSC play with trip south to take on the Barry Bucs. Rollins and Barry get the three game set underway on Friday, February 15, at 6 p.m.