Rollins (34-9, 16-8 SSC) vs. Nova Southeastern (25-19, 14-10 SSC)
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – AD Griffin Sports Complex
Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars have dropped consecutive series for the first time this season, and will look to change that as they visit Sunshine State Conference rival Nova Southeastern this weekend. The Tars fell twice to Embry-Riddle last time out. Rollins took the series opener, but could not capture either game of a Saturday doubleheader. The Tars sit fourth in the SSC, sixth in the first region poll, and are receiving votes in the national rankings, meaning this three game set with the Sharks has serious postseason implications.
WHO TO WATCH:
The Tars lead the SSC with a .297 batting average, which is helped by leadoff hitter Jordan Davis hitting .514 on the year. The centerfielder also leads the Tars, and is second in the conference, with 35 runs scored, and paces the SSC with 40 steals. Lindsay Gehring is sixth in the conference with a .375 batting average, and second with a .658 slugging percentage. The catcher leads Rollins with nine homeruns. Freshman Ashley Worrell bumped her batting average back over the .300 mark, to .302, with her performance against the Eagles. She leads the team in extra base hits, knocking a team best 13 doubles, and six homeruns. Worrell also highlights a Rollins pitching staff that has recorded a team ERA of 1.32. The freshman is 18-5, with a 1.43 ERA. Abby Summers has also seen time in the circle, compiling the second most strikeouts in the conference, 131, while averaging 10.23 strikeouts per seven innings of work.
The Sharks were swept by the then No. 10 Florida Tech Panthers last time out, falling 7-1, 5-2, and 4-1 over the three games. Nova Southeastern sits sixth in the SSC, right on the heels of fifth place Palm Beach Atlantic. Suka Van Gurp leads an offence that is batting .249 on the year. The senior is the only other player in the SSC, besides Davis for the Tars, hitting over .400, at .408. She leads the squad with 13 doubles, three triples, eight homeruns, 42 RBI, and a .738 slugging percentage. Tia Williams is batting .261 for the Sharks, and leads them on the base paths, successfully stealing on 17 of her 20 attempts. Miriam Schmoll and Lexie Storrer lead the pitching staff for Nova Southeastern. Schmoll has made 27 appearances with 20 starts, while tallying a 1.60 ERA. Storrer has started 23 games, with a 2.95 ERA, and 85 strikeouts.
The Tars will return home for their final series of the 2019 regular season. Rollins host the Lynn Fighting Knights, with the first pitch of game one set for Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m.
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