Rollins (25-5, 11-4 SSC) vs. West Georgia (18-17, 5-11 GSC)
Winter Park, Fla. – Rollins Softball Stadium at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
UWG: Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Coming off a sweep of Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern, the Tars leave conference play again, this time to host regional opponent West Georgia. Rollins got two no hitters against the Mocs, before a walk off double in game three earned them the sweep. The Tars currently sit in second in the SSC, and hold the best overall record in the conference. Rollins has been in control at Rollins Softball Stadium this season, going 18-1 on their home grass. The Tars look to continue that stretch and to build their resume as they take on the Wolves in regional action.
WHO TO WATCH:
The Tars are batting .298 on the year, the second highest total among SSC schools. They are led by Jordan Davis and her conference best .458 batting average. The senior centerfielder also leads the SSC with 26 stolen bases, while she is second in the conference, a paces Rollins, with 23 runs scored. Catcher Lindsay Gehring is batting .405 for the Tars and is second in the SSC in RBI and slugging percentage, while sitting third with seven homeruns. Freshman Ashley Worrell is batting .337 with a team leading 11 doubles, while Talia Kentoffio increased her average to .378, seventh best in the conference.
Tars pitching has been dominant, registering just a 1.20 ERA, the best in the SSC. Worrell, who threw her first career no-hitter in game one against the Mocs, leads Rollins with 13 wins on the season. Abby Summers tossed her first career no-hitter in game two, a contest where she also reached the century mark for strikeouts. She currently sits third in the SSC in strikeouts, with half the number of innings of the two pitchers above her. Grace Street has maintained a 1.06 ERA in her 33.0 innings of work. Just to provide more depth, Katie Eicher made her first appearance last week and threw a complete game shutout.
The Wolves have had an up and down year in 2019, unable to sustain momentum from a 6-1 start. Last time out West Georgia split a doubleheader against SSC foe Embry-Riddle, suffering a mercy rule defeat in the first leg, 8-0, before coming back and taking game two in convincing fashion, 7-1. Hannah Scarborough is pacing the Wolves, batting .365 on the year, with 12 doubles. Madison chambers has blasted four homeruns and driven in 22, both team bests for West Georgia. Alley Taylor has been a threat on the base paths, successfully stealing on 14 of 15 attempts. Madison Slappey, Ashley Ellison, and Peyton Stallworth all above the .300 mark, for a team that has earned a combined batting average of .279.
Katie Foote headlines the Wolves pitching staff. The sophomore has appeared in 18 games with eight starts, throwing 74.1 innings, and maintaining a 1.79 ERA, all squad bests. Morgan Goree has struck out 49 batters in 47.2 innings. Lindsye Jefferson, Raya Moncus and Lexi Close have all also seen time in the circle.
The Tars will return to SSC action when they visit the Eckerd Tritons on Friday, March 29, to open a three game series. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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