Rollins (5-0, 0-0 SSC) vs. Barry (5-5, 0-0 SSC)
Miami Shores, Fla. – Buccaneer Field
Friday, February 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars and Bucs are set to square off in the Sunshine State Conference openers for both schools. Rollins remained perfect with three hard fought wins over the Bentley Falcons last time out. The Tars took both games of the doubleheader against Bentley with dominant pitching performances. The Tars then pulled off the sweep by coming from behind in extra innings of game three. Barry enters the three game set 5-5, having picked up impressive wins against No. 6 Angelo State, East Stroudsburg, and Emporia State. However, the Bucs last contest was a 10-1 loss to St. Thomas, which the Bobcats ended in just six innings. Both teams will look to start their SSC schedules off on the right foot, with a series victory against a conference rival.
WHO TO WATCH:
Through five game the Tars are batting .318, with an on base percentage of .406, both the second highest totals in the SSC; they are also slugging .394, third highest among SSC institutions. Jordan Davis leads the way with a .600 batting average, tallying nine hits in 15 at bats. The centerfielder also paces Rollins in steals, with seven, and runs, with five. Sophomores Lindsay Gehring and Talia Kentoffio are batting .500 and .467, with two and, a team leading, four RBI respectively. Freshman Raiven Bryant has provided pop with a team best three doubles. Brianna Ernst has recorded a hit in every game this season, and is batting .313 in the midst of her five game hit streak.
Ashley Worrell, Abby Summers and Grace Street have all shined in the circle for Rollins. Worrelll has picked up three wins to start her career in the Blue and Gold. Summers has struck out 25 batters, and is average 12.5 strikeouts per seven innings, a pace that would crush the program's current single season mark. Street tossed five, one hit innings in her lone start against the Falcons. Overall Rollins pitching has maintained a league best 0.19 ERA.
Barry has had an up and down start to their 2019, after being selected to finish last in the SSC Preseason Coaches' Poll. Despite the low expectations, Barry's bats have come out swinging. The Bucs lead the SSC in batting average and on base percentage, while they sit second, to only No. 5 Saint Leo, in slugging. Ayana Andrade-Zygmun leads the Bucs offense with a .529 batting average and eight RBI. Overall, five Bucs are batting over the .400 threshold in their first 10 games. The list includes Karla Santiago who leads Barry with four doubles and a .619 slugging percentage, and Taylor Checkley, who has recorded five steals on the base paths.
Buccaneer pitching has struggled so far this campaign. Barry has put two arms in the circle this year, and they have combined for an SSC worst 6.55 ERA. Gabby Vallee has earned a 3-3 record with a 5.61 ERA and batters hitting .302 against her. Andrea Johnson is 2-2 with an 8.10 ERA, to go with 32 walks and only 10 strikeouts.
- With three wins last weekend, Head Coach Michelle Frew now sits at 803, 29th all-time in wins among NCAA Division II coaches. Next on the list is Kevin Blaskowski with 820 wins.
- Sarah Harrison is tied for 10th all-time in stolen bases in Rollins program history, with 42, while Jordan Davis needs just two more steals to tie her teammate on the list.
- The Tars have started 5-0 on three other occasions in program history. In 2010 Rollins started 11-0, won the SSC and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2013 Rollins started 8-0, and finished 44-8, but on the outside of a playoff berth. In 2015 the Tars started 15-0 and again made the NCAA Tournament.
The Tars continue SSC action with a visit to preseason conference favorites Saint Leo. Rollins and the No. 5 Lions get the series underway on Friday, February 22, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
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