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Lady tars start season strong

15176450518_b813787863_oRollins’ softball team is off to a strong start, boasting a 19-1 record and

dominating in the Sunshine State Conference with a 5-1 record. On March 11 the Tars

moved up a spot to become number 15 in the NFCA’s (National Fastpitch Coaches

Association) Division II softball poll. The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on

by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA


Rollins has risen in the ranks with dominant wins such as last week’s performance

over St. Thomas Aquinas College. The Tars rolled over the unranked team in two

weekday games March 10, beating the Spartans by a combined score of 19-1. Rollins has

won eight of nine games at MLK Park this season.

The Tars are led by key players, such as junior Niki Fogle who is currently tied

for the most victories (13) in all of NCAA DII with the best winning percentage. Fogle

(14-1) continued to shine in the circle for the Tars Tuesday, picking up win in the 10-0

combined shutout. The junior has struck out 83 batters and sports a 1.33 ERA (earned run

average) in 89.2 innings this season.

Rollins has also seen success with younger talent on their roster stepping up to

contribute. Freshman Brianne Lint was named SSC Player of the Week after hitting .500

native finished a home run short of the cycle with eight RBIs (runs batted in) against

with 11 RBIs the week of March 2-8th

Felician College, the second-most RBIs ever in a game in program history.

Sophomore Hailee Keisling leads the SSC in on-base percentage (.576) and ranks

second in batting average (.481) and doubles (8). Left fielder Courtney Durbin checks in

with the second-most RBIs (23) in the SSC.

In a matchup with SSC rival Eckerd College this weekend the Tars are looking

to improve their already impressive conference record. Rollins will face off against the

Tritons in St. Petersburg, Florida, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and then at 1 p.m. the following

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