Posted: Feb 25, 2015 Reporter: Will Hammock
South Gwinnett grad Kent Rollins’ first start with Georgia Southern’s baseball team was one to remember.
The junior, a transfer from Middle Georgia, came up a double shy of the cycle this past Sunday in the Eagles’ 15-2 rout of West Virginia. The infielder had six RBIs, including three on his first GSU home run and two more on a triple.
“It was the best day of baseball I’ve ever had, the most fun,” Rollins said in a video interview afterward on Georgia Southern’s website. “We put it on them pretty good and had fun. It was all about fun.”
Rollins had played sparingly in his first few games with Georgia Southern, but did have a double off the bench in Saturday’s game with West Virginia. His big Sunday should earn him some more at-bats, though.
It’s been a winding path for Rollins to this point.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder played at both Brookwood and South in high school, finishing as a two-sport star for the Comets. He garnered most of his acclaim in football, throwing for 4,539 yards and 47 touchdowns his final two seasons at South, and initially accepted an offer to play quarterback for Air Force.
After being selected in the late rounds of the 2011 Major League Baseball first-year player draft, Rollins instead signed with Auburn in baseball. He spent the 2012 season on the Auburn roster and then transferred to Middle Georgia, where he played two seasons of junior college baseball and hit .338 as a sophomore.
His hot hitting has continued thus far at Georgia Southern, especially in his eye-catching first start.
“I just trying to get a good pitch, trying to get a fastball and they left a couple over the plate,” Rollins said. “I just happened to have the right swing working on it.”
Rollins followed his big day up by going 1-for-2 against The Citadel on Tuesday. He is now 6-for-11 for a team-best .545 batting average.
|South Gwinnett grad Kent Rollins was a double shy of the cycle in his first Georgia Southern start. (Photo: Georgia Southern)