This Week's Matchup
vs. West Florida
Gulf South Conference
Friday February 7 - 5:00 PM
Saturday February 8 - 2:00 PM
Sunday February 9 - 1:00 PM
All games played at Jim Spooner Field, Pensacola, Fla.
Rollins won their opening series against Spring Hill last weekend. They dropped the opener in extra innings 8-7, then followed that with a 6-3 comeback win, and a 3-0 shutout. The Tars were one of five teams from the Sunshine State Conference to win at least two games last week. West Florida struggled in their opening series at Florida Southern, as the Mocs swept all three games. The rough start does not speak to the talent level of the Argonauts, however; they were picked to finish 2nd in the Gulf South Conference in the preseason poll, and were #23 in the country in the national poll.
Rollins: The Tars bullpen was the story of the weekend. In three games, relief pitchers tossed a total of 16 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits, seven walks and 21 strikeouts. Rollins trotted out a total of 11 pitchers who totaled 37 strikeouts, which leads the SSC. Drew Daczkowski looked sharp in his first start in almost a year, striking out seven in four innings. Newcomer Carson Hauben was also impressive, with five scoreless innings in his start on Sunday.
Cameron Meehan and Adams Torres were the sparks for the offense. Each player totaled six hits for the weekend. Meehan had a triple and four runs scores, while Torres hit the first home run of the season for the Tars and added a steal. Jack Gonzalez had a four-hit game on Friday and totaled three RBI for the series. Devon Ortiz also collected four hits, and showcased his speed with four stolen bases.
The one blemish on the Tars report was defense. Rollins committed seven errors over the weekend.
West Florida: The Argonauts pitchers were roughed up to the tune of 26 runs on 26 hits in three games at Florida Southern. Daniel Floyd is the ace of the staff, earning a 1st Team All-Conference selection last year. He had nine strikeouts over five innings, but also allowed four runs on six hits. On offense, Adam Imwalle was the standout with three doubles and three runs scored. Look for Matthew Estrada, a former conference freshman of the year, to bounce back after a 3-12 showing last weekend.
This will be the 32nd matchup between the Tars and the Argos. West Florida leads the all-time series 19-12, but Rollins won both of the matchups between these two last season.
Head Coach Jon Sjorgren is entering his 15th year at the helm of the Tars. His Rollins record stands at 368-353-3 overall.
Rollins returns home for a four-game set against the visiting Bentley Falcons, starting on Thursday February 13 through February 16. Stay tuned to RollinsSports.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.