Tars Look to Continue Building Momentum

Tars Look to Continue Building Momentum

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (12-2, 7-2 SSC) vs. Davis & Elkins (1-9, 0-0 G-MAC)
Rollins (12-2, 7-2 SSC) vs. Emmanuel (6-6, 0-0 CC)
Rollins (12-2, 7-2 SSC) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (10-11, 2-4 SSC)
Rollins (12-2, 7-2 SSC) vs. Southwest Minnesota State (4-0, 0-0 NSIC) 

WHERE:
DE: Winter Park, Fla. – Rollins Softball Stadium at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
EC: Winter Park, Fla. – Rollins Softball Stadium at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
PBA: West Palm Beach, Fla. – Simpson Field
SMSU: Winter Park, Fla. – Rollins Softball Stadium at Martin Luther King Jr. Park 

WHEN:
DE: Monday, March 4, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
EC: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
PBA: Friday, March 8, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
        Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
SMSU: Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 6:00 pm 

COVERAGE:
DE: Watch | Live Stats | Digital Program
EC: Watch | Live StatsDigital Program
PBA: Watch | Live Stats
SMSU: Watch | Live Stats | Digital Program

SET-UP:
Rollins is coming off a sweep of Sunshine State Conference foe Tampa.  The Tars gave up just one run over the three games against the Spartans, who had been receiving votes in the latest NFCA National Poll.  Rollins will now venture outside the SSC again for weekday contests with Davis & Elkins and Emmanuel before picking up conference play against Palm Beach Atlantic.  Rollins will then conclude the week by hosting a Sunday doubleheader with Southwest Minnesota State.  The Tars will look to continue their hot start to 2019, as they move into the middle portion of the schedule. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars hold the second best batting average in the SSC, hitting .278 on the year.  Lindsay Gehring is pacing the offensive performers across the conference, batting an SSC leading .474, with five homeruns, and a .974 slugging percentage.  The sophomore ranks second in on base percentage and third with 15 RBI.  Jordan Davis ranks just behind her teammate with the second highest batting average in the conference at .465.  The senior centerfielder also leads Rollins with 11 steals.  Freshman Ashley Worrell is batting .375 on the campaign with a team leading seven doubles. 

The trio of Worrell, Abby Summers and Grace Street have been dominant in the circle for Rollins.  The Tars lead the SSC with a 1.02 ERA.  Worrell is 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 41 innings pitched.  Summers has struck out 62 batters in 36 innings.  Street has yet surrender a run in her 19 innings of work. 

Davis & Elkins:
The Senators have struggled out of the gate in 2019, picking up just one win in their first ten games, and have lost six in a row.  Ryn Boelter leads the squad with a .480 batting average and a .581 on base percentage.  Alyssa Cairns is hitting .400 on the year, and leads the squad with 10 RBI on the year.  Overall the Senators are batting .301 on the season. 

Sara Tobin, Haley Grindstaff, and Jade Allee get the majority of the action in the circle for Davis & Elkins.  Overall, the staff has combined to tally a 6.59 ERA.  Grindstaff is 0-4 with 15 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. 

Emmanuel:
The Lions are an even 6-6 on the year.  Emmanuel has rebounded after an 0-3 start, but they are coming off an 8-0 loss to Francis Marion.  Noelle Petty is batting .423 on the year, pacing the Lions.  Caitlin Parks is leading the team in multiple statistical categories.  The catcher has hit four doubles and four homeruns to slug .703, she has also drove in 12 RBI, and scored eight runs.  Alannah Long and Isabelle Petty are also hitting above the .300 mark for the Lions. 

Madison Abell has tossed 34.2 innings to pace the Lions.  The freshman is 5-2 with a 1.21 ERA and 21 strikeouts.  Madison Hopper is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 26.2 innings. Overall the staff, which also includes Long, has a combined 3.78 ERA. 

Palm Beach Atlantic:
The Sailfish were picked to finish second in the SSC in the Preseason Poll, and have been ranked as high as No. 18 in the NFCA National Poll, but have had a back-and-forth 2019.  They have lost both of their SSC series, dropping two of three from Saint Leo and Barry.  Palm Beach Atlantic are batting .254 as a team, squarely in the middle of the SSC. Katherine Budnovich is pacing the Sailfish attack, batting .389 on the year, as well as doubles and homeruns, slugging percentage, and 12 RBI.  Maddie Bertisch is hitting .345 and has stolen 12 bases to lead Palm Beach Atlantic on the base paths. 

Abby Busby has maintained a 2.24 ERA through 72 innings.  The sophomore is 7-5, and has tallied 38 strikeouts.  Budnovich has thrown 49.1 innings while fanning 53 batters.  Those two have combined with Kaylee Winn and Taylor Pennica to register a 3.19 team ERA. 

The Sailfish will travel to No. 7 North Georgia and Columbus State to start the week, before welcoming the Tars on the weekend. 

Southwest Minnesota State:
The Mustangs head south undefeated on the year, taking each of their first four contests by a combined score of 26-10.  The bats have started hot for Southwest Minnesota State, with a .385 batting average and eight players hit above .300.  Bailey Johnson is batting .700 with two doubles, a homerun and four RBI.  Madison Krog has started the campaign hitting .400 with a team leading 5 RBI.  The Mustangs are 9-10 in steal attempts in just four games. 

Athena Golling and Megan Cull have each made two appearances in the circle, and each have earned 2-0 records.  Golling has struck out 15 in 12 innings, while Cull has sat down 14 batters in 10 innings.  The pair lead a rotation that holds a 1.62 ERA. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars will face another busy week, starting with the West Chester Rams at home on Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m.  They will then face Southern Connecticut State and Florida Southern later in the week.

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