Rollins (27-5, 11-4 SSC) at Eckerd (11-22, 3-12 SSC)
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Turley Athletic Complex
Friday, March 29 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars return to Sunshine State Conference play with eyes toward three more victories. Rollins is coming off a doubleheader sweep of West Georgia, during which Ashley Worrell tossed her second career no-hitter. With the wins the Tars move atop the SSC standings and receive votes in the national poll for the first time this year. The Tritons are moving in the opposite direction, currently holding the bottom spot in the conference. Rollins will look to capitalize as they make the trip west to St. Petersburg.
WHO TO WATCH:
Jordan Davis improved her team best batting average with last week's performance, going 7-7 at the plate, adding four runs, and five steals. For the year, the senior leads the squad with a .495 average, 31 stolen bases, and 27 runs. Lindsay Gehring has maintained a .405 batting average, tallying a team leading 29 RBI, .714 slugging percentage, and seven homeruns. Talia Kentoffio blasted her first homerun of the season, to go along with a .364 average. Worrell leads the team with 11 doubles, on top of an impressive line of 23 RBI, a .323 average, and a .570 slugging percentage. Overall, the Tars are hitting .301 as a team, second highest in the conference.
Rollins boasts the best ERA in the conference, 1.13. Worrell leads the squad tossing no-hitters in two of her last three starts. The freshman picked up SSC Pitcher of the Week honors for her performance against West Georgia. Abby Summers currently sits second in the SSC with 114 strikeouts, and an astounding 10.41 strikeouts per seven innings.
The Tritons are coming off a series sweep at the hands of SSC foe Saint Leo, and have dropped eight in row. Nikole Van Gennep leads Eckerd in nearly every offensive category. The senior is pacing the squad in average, at .330, runs, at 21, hits, at 34, homeruns, at 9, RBI, at 24, slugging, at .612, and on base percentage, at .388. Kaylin Kramer has also shown pop for Eckerd, batting only .228, but tallying five doubles, and three RBI.
Van Gennep doubles as the Tritons go-to arm in the circle. The Mokena, Illinois native has made 20 starts, earning a 6-13 overall record with a 3.61 ERA. She is relieved by Hannah Perkins, Madison Saltzman, and Ally Costa.
The Tars will leave the SSC for the final time this regular season, hosting Flagler in doubleheader action on Wednesday, April 3. First pitch of game one is set for 5 p.m.
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