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Spring Senior Spotlight - Baseball

Spring Senior Spotlight - Baseball

Throughout the final weeks of the semester, Rollins Athletics will honor spring sports senior student-athletes who missed out on their senior day due to the COVID-19 sports shutdown. Should they chose to extend their eligibility under proposed NCAA rules, these student-athletes may return to play in the 2021 season.


#8 Devon Ortiz | Winter Springs, Fla.

Devon spent two years in a Tars uniform, holding down second and third base. His 2019 season was cut short due to injury, but he still managed to record at least one hit and one run scored in five of the seven games he played. Ortiz got off to a fast start in 2020, tallying a team-high nine stolen bases that also put him near the top of the leaderboard in the conference. He also had a seven-game hitting streak in the middle of the season. Devon had multiple hits in five of the fifteen games he played in this season.

Tars Career Stats:
22 G, 23-77, .299/.368/.312, 1 2B, 17 R, 8 RBI, 12 SB

Devon is an alumni of Winter Springs High School, just a few minutes from Rollins' campus. Prior to his time with the Tars, he played at Division-I USC Upstate. During his freshman year (2016) with the Spartans, Ortiz garnered Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year honors after hitting .352 over 30 games. He was caught stealing only two times in his entire college career.

Devon is enrolled in the Crummer Graduate School of Business, and will receive his MBA with concentrations in both management and marketing.


#9 Tyler Colson| Orlando, Fla.

Tyler is the definition of a grinder. After spending the first three years of his collegiate career as a member of the JV squad, where he led the team in batting average and hits in 2019, the shortstop earned himself a spot on the varsity roster prior to the start of the 2020 season. He made his debut on February 14th, and earned his first start the following day. Colson made an impact, recording his first career hit, run, and stolen base against Bentley. He followed that up with a multi-hit game on February 16th. He finished his varsity career with a .222 average, three runs scored, two steals, and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in eight games.

Tyler is a local product who attended Boone High School in Orlando. He completed his business management degree in 2019, and as part of the accelerated 3/2 Crummer MBA program, will earn his master's degree in the spring of 2021. Porch


#11 Sam Lafontaine | Hudson, Ohio

Sam was a four-year member of the Tars varsity squad. He showed versatility throughout his career, playing third base, shortstop and second base. He recorded his first hit, RBI and steal on February 25, 2017 against Embry-Riddle. He also bombed his first home run on March 18th, 2017 against Saint Leo. Sam's 2019 season was his most notable, finishing with a .278/.350/.395 slash line to go with five home runs and 28 RBI. His best game came on February 17, 2019 against Bentley when he went 3-4 with three runs, a home run, four RBI and a walk.

Tars Career Stats:
111 G, 80-322, .248/.339/.363, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 50 R, 54 RBI, 41 BB, 3 SB

Lafontaine joined the Tars after a successful high school career at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. He is a legacy of the program, following in the footsteps of his father Mark, who played baseball for the Tars and graduated in 1986. Sam will graduate with a philosophy degree and a minor in business.


#16 Nick Santucci| Franklin, Mass.

Nick was the ultimate teammate during his four-year tenure with the Tars, ready to do anything to help the club. He saw time in all three outfield spots, plus second and third base. He tallied his first hit, a double, on February 4, 2016 against Young Harris. He ended his Rollins career with 28 multi-hit games. Nick's best effort came during his junior year against Bentley on February 16th when he finished 3-3 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.

Tars Career Stats:
131 G, 107-390, .274/.378/.410, 19 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 64 R, 58 RBI, 61 BB, 25 SB

Nick attended Franklin High School in Franklin, Massachusetts. He will graduate with a degree in economics with aspirations to become a financial wealth manager.


#21 Cameron Montgomery | Windermere, Fla.

Cam made his impact felt in two years on the Rollins roster. Despite playing in only 70% of the team's games in 2019, he still managed to tie for the team lead in home runs with eight, and was second on the club with 19 extra-base hits. Montgomery had three three-hit games in his first five appearances in 2019, including a 5-RBI effort against Malone on March 8 and a two-home run game against Assumption on March 9.  His .571 slugging percentage paced the Tars, and was 6th best in the Sunshine State Conference.

Tars Career Stats:
49 G, 42-158, .266/.339/.519, 12 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 23 R, 28 RBI, 11 BB, 1 SB

Prior to his time in Winter Park, Montgomery was a member of the D-I University of South Florida Bulls. He saw action in 73 games as a freshman (2016) and sophomore (2017), totaling 26 runs, four home runs and 19 RBI.

Cam attended Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. He was named to the SSC commissioner's honor roll multiple times during his time at Rollins, and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Crummer School of Business.


#23 Jack Gonzalez | Orlando, Fla.

One of two team captains on the 2020 Tars, Jack has been a leader of the team since he set foot on campus in 2019. During his first season with the Tars, Gonzalez led the team in at bats (199), runs (34), hits (61), and extra-base hits (20). He also played in every game that season. During the 2020 campaign, Jack sported a .359 on-base percentage, scored twelve times, and drove in six. Jack has 20 multi-hit games in his career. His best effort came on April 5, 2019 at Florida Southern when he was 3-5 with a double, home run, one run scored and four RBI.

Tars Career Stats:
69 G, 76-264, .288/.373/.451, 12 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 46 R, 41 RBI, 31 BB, 8 SB

Prior to his time at Rollins, Jack played for D-I Stetson University. During his time with the Hatters, he earned preseason All-Conference recognition, and helped lead Stetson to the Chapel Hill Super Regional in 2018. 

Gonzalez attended Master's Academy in Oviedo, Florida. He has been named to the academic honor roll in every semester that he's been enrolled in college. Jack graduated with a Business Management degree in 2019, and is currently enrolled in the Crummer Graduate School with a concentration in human resources with an expected completion date of spring 2021.


#43 Jake Rolly | Winter Springs, Fla.

Jake was on the Rollins roster for only one season, but his impact was significant. The big first baseman made 16 appearances for the Tars, posting a slash line of .288/.345/.423. During a stretch of seven games February 7-16, Rolly had multiple hits in six contests going 13-24 (.561) at the plate with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI. He also showcased world class speed with a pair of steals. He finished the 2020 season with 10 RBI, 3rd most on the squad.

Before playing for the Tars, Rolly was a three-year letterwinner at D-II Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.  He was a destroyer of baseballs for the Crusaders, totaling 31 home runs during his time in Belmont, NC. He earned 1st team All-Conference honors after his 2019 campaign (.342/.451/.652, 15 HR, 63 RBI).

Jake is currently working his way towards an MBA through the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

 

 

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