This Week's Matchup
Thursday February 13 - 5:00 pm
Friday February 14 - 5:00 PM
Saturday February 15 - 1:00 PM
Sunday February 16 - 1:00 PM
All games played at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park, Fla.
Rollins went 1-2 last week in their series against West Florida. The highlight was a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday that earned RHP Drew Daczkowski the SSC Pitcher of the Week award. However, that game was bookended by two tough losses to the Argonauts. The Tars were shutout 3-0 on Friday night, and then lost 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. Leaving runners on base and defensive miscues have been an issue early in the season for Rollins. Bentley has not seen live game action yet this year, as these four games will serve as their first of the season.
Rollins (3-3, 0-0 SSC): The Tars bullpen continues to impress, with another solid weekend in the books. The pitching staff overall has been solid (aside from two rough starts). Rollins ranks second in the SSC in team ERA at 2.33, and 5th in strikeouts with 53. Daczkowski has been the key starter, sporting a miniscule 0.90 ERA over ten innings to go with 14 strikeouts. James Hoelle has been a valuable piece out of the bullpen with four appearances, 7.2 innings pitched and only one earned run allowed. Sophomore Kyle Kramer is the conference leader in saves with two.
At the plate, Jakob Rolly is starting to heat up. The grad transfer earned three starts at DH, and delivered four hits including his first home run of the season. Junior Cameron Meehan has been the catalyst on offense from the top of the lineup, leading the team in hits with nine and runs scored with four. He is currently sporting a .847 OPS and has played a very strong centerfield for the Tars. Rollins has been more agressive on the basepaths early on this year, swiping ten bags which is the 2nd most in the conference. Devon Ortiz is the leader of the speedsters with four thefts, second most in the SSC.
Bentley (0-0, 0-0 NE10): This will be the first game action for the Falcons in 2020. Bentley has two senior standouts on offense in the form of Max Troiani and Ryan Berardino. Berardino, a first baseman, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of last June's amateur draft. He hit .296 last year, and was named 2nd Team All-Northeast Region by the NCBWA this year. Troiani has led the Falcons in hitting each of the past two seasons, and also added hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs and steals to that list in 2019. He also turned in an impressive summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, earning an All-Star bid. Troiani garnered a 1st Team All-Northeast Region selection this year.
The Falcons sported a team ERA of 4.79 last season. They return their strikeout leader, Paul Frisoli, and will also rely on Will Rossiter (47 K in 41.1 IP) and Lloyd Hill (1.91 ERA) to carry the team on the bump.
The Tars and Falcons have met 48 times in the past, with Rollins holding a commanding 40-8 lead in the all-time record. The Tars have won the last ten games in a row dating back to 2016. In the three-game sweep of the Falcons last year, Rollins outscored Bentley 34-8.
Head Coach Jon Sjogren is entering his 15th year at the helm of the Tars. His Rollins record stands at 369-355-3 overall.
Rollins will open conference play with a three-game set against the Florida Tech Panthers next week. Games are scheduled for 5 pm on Friday February 21, 2 pm on Saturday February 22, and 12 pm on Sunday February 23. Stay tuned to RollinsSports.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.