2017-18 Florida Southern News

  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #5 (March 21, 2001)
    March 22, 2018
    It could be argued that Julianne Coleman’s 13 innings of no-hit softball against Saint Leo in 1998 was the greatest single day for a pitcher that the Moccasins have ever had. But if there’s a an argument to be had, it might come from Keltie Christian, a junior college transfer who came to Florida Southern in 2000 and took over as the Mocs’ big gun after Coleman graduated the previous season. Christian put up some frightening numbers of her own in the two seasons she played at Florida Southern, most notably her 708 strikeouts in 524 innings. She led the nation in that category as a senior in 2001 after finishing second the previous season. It was on March 20, 2000, that Christian and Saint Leo’s Desiree Croteau pitched two games against each other in which they combined for 50 strikeouts and only 11 hits allowed. The best part of that doubleheader for Florida Southern was that Christian’s pitching helped them get two walk-off wins.
  • Softball Doubleheader vs. Trinity Baptist Postponed Due to Severe Weather
    March 20, 2018
    Due to severe weather in Lakeland the rest of today and into the evening, tonight's softball games against Trinity Baptist have been postponed. No makeup date has been announced. The Moccasins will resume play Friday night when they open a 3-game series with Barry at Chris Bellotto Field. Game one of that series is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #6 (April 13, 1998)
    March 19, 2018
    The Moccasins have had many, many dominating pitching performances over the decades with 93 no-hitters and 16 perfect games entering the 2018 season. That doesn’t even include the number of near no-hitters or games where Florida Southern pitchers have struck out 10, 12, 15, or even 20 batters. None of them have accomplished what Julianne Coleman did on April 13, 1998, in a doubleheader against Eckerd College, however. The junior from nearby Bartow threw one of those 16 perfect games in the opener and nearly did it again in game two.
  • Home Run by Weldon Gets Game Two to Extra Innings, but Embry-Riddle Takes Both Games from Florida Southern on Saturday
    March 17, 2018
    DAYTONA BEACH – After Embry-Riddle took Saturday’s first game by the score of 9-1, Jenna Weldon hit a game-tying two-run homer in game two to send that one to extra innings, but the Eagles scored in the bottom of the eighth to complete the sweep and down Florida Southern 4-3.
  • Moccasin Softball Team Drops 5-1 Decision to Embry-Riddle in Series Opener
    March 16, 2018
    DAYTONA BEACH – Using three runs in the first two innings, and two more runs in the later innings, Embry-Riddle rode the arm of pitcher Ilona Andringa and hits scattered all throughout the lineup to down Florida Southern 5-1 in the first of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series Friday night.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #7 (April 13, 2008)
    March 15, 2018
    Here we are again with another game against Barry University. This is the fourth time the Buccaneers have made the list and at #7, it marks their second appearance in the top-10. The previous one involved a big comeback win in a regional tournament, and this one is another comeback win for the Moccasins, though it occurred in the regular season. It was no less impressive considering the circumstances, and if it’s #7 on Florida Southern’s list, it’s probably #1 for Sara Lovestrand, whose walk-off home run on April 13, 2008, gave the Moccasins a 3-1 win over the top-ranked Buccaneers.
  • Klumpp’s Seventh-Inning Single Gives Florida Southern 2-1 Win in Opener Before Bell and Trana Propel Mocs to 7-0 Win and Sweep of Ursuline
    March 13, 2018
    LAKELAND – Tuesday night’s sweep of Ursuline was another doubleheader where all four Florida Southern pitchers had a chance to shine, but did so did several hitters at the plate. In game one, the Mocs got a combined 2-hitter from Kristen Beacham and Aubrey Ehlers, but it was a one-out RBI single by Desirae Klumpp in the bottom of the seventh that gave them a 2-1 victory over the Arrows. In game two, Kelli Gault and Jenna Weldon combined on a shutout while the Mocs got four hits apiece from Shannon Bell and Jessica Trana in a 7-0 victory.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #8 (May 13, 1990)
    March 12, 2018
    The #9 moment on this list marked the greatest come-from-behind win in team history when Florida Southern erased a six-run deficit to beat Springfield in March of 1990. That wasn’t the only big comeback win for the Moccasins that year, however. Two months later, they did it again, and though the five-run deficit wasn’t quite as large, the stakes were much higher. On May 13, 1990, it happened in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament against Barry.
  • Weldon’s Shutout and 4-Hit Game from Bell Gives FSC Split with Rollins as Bellotto Moves into Second on All-Time Division II Wins List
    March 10, 2018
    LAKELAND – After Rollins held on for a 7-6 victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Florida Southern received another dominating pitching performance from freshman Jenna Weldon, and a 4-hit game from Shannon Bell in game two to beat the Tars 7-0, giving head coach Chris Bellotto her 1,216th career fast-pitch win. That moved the hall of fame coach into sole possession of second place on the all-time NCAA Division II list for career wins.
  • Rollins Rallies in the Seventh, Wins in the Eighth to Open Series with 4-3 Victory over Florida Southern
    March 09, 2018
    LAKELAND – Florida Southern scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning Friday night to jump out to a 3-0 lead, and still led 3-1 going into the seventh. That’s where Rollins pushed across two runs to force extra innings before scoring the winning run in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 victory over the Moccasins.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #9 (March 19, 1990)
    March 08, 2018
    In 1990, the Moccasins were coming off a third-place finish at the national tournament and even after graduating eight seniors, head coach Chris Bellotto had put together a roster that featured two returning All-Americans and three players who would become All-Americans in future seasons. With that type of lineup, a date with a Division III school from Massachusetts should not have posed a significant challenge, and looking at the final scores from that doubleheader on March 19, 1990, against Springfield College, maybe it wasn’t. In this case, though, it was more about how the Mocs won the second game when they rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the greatest comeback win in team history.
  • Softball Doubleheader vs. Hillsdale Pushed Back to 1 p.m.
    March 07, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL - Due to weather and overnight rain, today's softball games against Hillsdale College have been pushed back noon to 1 p.m. Any additional changes will be posted here if necessary.
  • Late-Inning Hits by Flodman and Wilson Make Winners of Beacham and Weldon as Moccasins Down Hillsdale 2-1 and 1-0
    March 07, 2018
    LAKELAND – In a pair of tense 1-run games with Hillsdale College in a Wednesday matinee, the entire Florida Southern pitching staff turned in another top-shelf performance to get the Moccasins two more wins. However, it took a pair of late-inning clutch hits from Zierra Flodman and Lindsey Wilson to make it happen. Flodman’s 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted Florida Southern to a 2-1 victory in game one, and in game two it was Wilson’s 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that gave the Mocs a 1-0 win.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #10 (May 14, 1989)
    March 05, 2018
    By 1989, Florida Southern had been playing fast-pitch softball for four years, and had already made it to the NCAA Tournament twice. In 1987, the Moccasins went 49-6 and finished as the national runner-up to Cal State-Northridge. In 1988, they went 47-6 and hosted a regional tournament for the first time but lost to Northeast Missouri State in the region final. In just four years, the Mocs had already accomplished more than almost all of the well-established teams they were competing against, but they had yet to win a regional championship on their home field. That changed on May 14, 1989, when they defeated Southeast Missouri State to advance to the national tournament for the second time.
  • A Perfect Performance by Weldon: Freshman Pitcher Hurls Perfect Game and Drives in Three Runs to Fuel Florida Southern’s Sweep of Chestnut Hill
    March 05, 2018
    LAKELAND – Jenna Weldon did it all for Florida Southern Monday night in a pair of run-rule wins over Chestnut Hill. Pitching and hitting in game one, the freshman hurled Florida Southern’s first perfect game in seven years and added a 2-run double that blew the game open and helped the Moccasin pick up an 8-0 win in six innings. In game two, Weldon added an RBI single that was part of a big first inning while starting at third base, as the Mocs went on to win 9-1 in five innings.
  • Dominant Performance by Beacham in Both Games, Bats of Bell, Weldon and Klumpp in Game Two Lead FSC to Sweep of Lynn
    March 03, 2018
    BOCA RATON, FL – For a pitcher who didn’t get a win in a Florida Southern sweep of Lynn on Saturday, Kristen Beacham sure did have a big impact on both games. Perhaps the biggest of the many Moccasins who did. The sophomore from Lakeland pitched 4.0 innings in each game and allowed just two base runners and one run, as the Mocs came from behind in both games for 3-1 and 7-3 victories over the Knights.
  • Strong Pitching by Gault and Ehlers Limits Lynn to Six Hits, but Knights Pull Out 2-1 Win Over Moccasins
    March 02, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – Florida Southern and Lynn came into the opener of their three-game series with the top two team ERAs in the Sunshine State Conference and game one, was of course, dominated by the pitchers. For Florida Southern it was Kelli Gault and Aubrey Ehlers, and for Lynn it was Francais Olexa. Even after both teams scored early, they combined for just 11 hits in the game and the Knights pushed the go-ahead run across in the bottom of the fifth to pull out a 2-1 win over the Moccasins.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #11 (May 9, 2004)
    March 01, 2018
    In 2004, the Florida Southern Moccasins put together one of the best seasons in school history, and that’s saying a lot for a program that has won 24 conference titles, made eight trips to the national tournament, and played in three national championship games. The 2004 team accomplished all of those things and did so with relatively modest expectations from the outside world. The Moccasins started six freshmen for most of that season, and on May 9, all of them made important contributions in a 6-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville that sent Florida Southern back to the national tournament for the first time in seven years.
  • Gault Goes into the History Books with First No-Hitter at Chris Bellotto Field, as Florida Southern Sweeps Wheeling Jesuit 1-0 and 6-1
    February 27, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – Kelli Gault has had a brilliant first month of the season for Florida Southern this year and in her final appearance of February, the sophomore pitcher stepped into the history books by throwing the first no-hitter in the Moccasins’ new home stadium. The 1-0 win in game one Tuesday night came courtesy of an unlikely RBI single by Annie Tracey before the Mocs blew open another close game with a 5-run fifth inning to take the nightcap 6-1.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #12 (April 13, 1988)
    February 26, 2018
    No-hitters are supposed to be difficult feats to achieve, but at Florida Southern, the Moccasin softball team has had 93 over the years while being no-hit themselves only eight times. The Mocs have split those no-hitters evenly too with 47 at Barnett Field and 46 on the road or at neutral sites. The name that appears most on that list is Dori Stankewitz, who holds the NCAA Division II record with 20 career no-hitters from 1985-88. We told you earlier in this series she would make an appearance, and here she is as part of #12 against Rollins College on April 13, 1988.
  • Softball Doubleheader Added to the Schedule for March 13
    February 26, 2018
    The Florida Southern softball team has added an additional non-conference doubleheader to the schedule on Tuesday, March 13 at Chris Bellotto Field. The Moccasins will host Ursuline College from Ohio that night, with the first game scheduled for 6 p.m. It brings the total number of home games this year to 27.
  • Balanced Offense Gives FSC 6-1 Win in Game One, but Eckerd Scores Three in the Seventh to Pull out 5-4 Win in Game Two in Saturday Softball
    February 24, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – With hitting and run production all through the lineup in game one, along with strong pitching by Kristen Beacham and Kelli Gault, Florida Southern picked up a 6-1 win over Eckerd on Saturday, but the Tritons rallied from a 2-run deficit with three in the top of the seventh to win game two, 5-4.
  • Deuberry Delivers Walk-Off Win for Moccasins as Florida Southern Downs Eckerd 1-0
    February 23, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – In a game dominated by pitching, it was shortstop Makayla Deuberry who struck the decisive blow in another game that seemed destined for extra innings. With neither team unable to score for more than 6½ innings Friday night, Florida Southern strung together three consecutive two-out singles in the bottom of the seventh, capped by Deuberry’s game-winning hit as the Moccasins downed Eckerd 1-0 in the opener of a 3-game conference series.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #13 (April 30, 2016)
    February 22, 2018
    Three weeks ago this countdown started with the first intercollegiate softball game played at Barnett Field, and #13 on our list involves the final game, or games in this case since it was a doubleheader against Eckerd on April 30, 2016. No one knew at the time that it would be the last time the Moccasins ever stepped on that field for a game, but for those who believe in the “gods of softball,” there may have been a sign. Both halves of the doubleheader went to extra innings, 10 in game one, 11 in the nightcap, meaning the Mocs played the equivalent of three games on a day that proved to be Barnett Field’s official farewell to softball. It was the first time in 15 years the Mocs had two games of 10 innings or longer as part of a doubleheader.
  • Mace Dominates Game One Win over Western Ontario Before Mocs Complete the Sweep with Run-Rule Win in Game Two
    February 20, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – Alex Mace did the heavy lifting for Florida Southern in game one by driving in four runs, and 10 different Moccasins had at least one hit in game two as Florida Southern swept a doubleheader from Canadian national champion Western Ontario, 8-1 and 10-2.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #14 (March 24, 1995)
    February 19, 2018
    Saint Leo and Florida Tech have already shown up twice on this list and now Barry makes it for the second time as well. We can’t (or won’t) say yet whether the first two will be on here again, but we can definitely promise this won’t be the last time you see Barry. With the Moccasins and Buccaneers finishing 1-2 in the SSC standings nine times between 1989 (when Barry entered the league) and 2000, it’s no surprise they had several memorable encounters. The one that made #14 on the countdown saw the Bucs hold sizable leads in both ends of a doubleheader, but the Mocs come back to win each game on March 24, 1995.
  • Bell’s 11th-Inning Hit Lifts Florida Southern to 1-0 Win in Game One, Tampa Overcomes Late FSC Rally for 7-5 9-Inning Win in Game Two
    February 17, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – Behind the late-inning heroics by Shannon Bell and Zierra Flodman, and absolutely sterling relief pitching by junior college transfer Aubrey Ehlers, Florida Southern was poised for a pair of extra-inning wins over Tampa in their Sunshine State Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Bell’s RBI single and 5.2 scoreless innings from Ehlers did give the Moccasins a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Spartans in game one. Then it was Flodman’s 3-run double in the bottom of the sixth that brought the Mocs back from a 5-run deficit in game two, with Ehlers again starring in a relief role, but this time the Spartans got two runs in the top of ninth for their own extra-inning win by the score of 7-5.
  • Tampa Spoils Opening of Chris Bellotto Field with 4-2 Comeback Win over Moccasins
    February 16, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL – The long-awaited opening of Chris Bellotto Field and the return of the Florida Southern softball team to its on-campus home got off to a rousing start Friday night against Tampa with a big first inning that put the Moccasins in the lead. The Spartans, however, spoiled the party by rallying for 4-2 win in the Sunshine State Conference opener for both teams.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #15 (March 31, 1989)
    February 15, 2018
    Considering the dimensions at Barnett Field, not to mention the Florida Southern pitching, there were relatively few home runs hit there, and not many cleared the fence twice in one game. In the 36 years Florida Southern played at Barnett Field there were only four occasions in which a player hit two home runs in one game there. No one did it in the final 14 years, not since Barry University’s Sarah White became the only opposing player to accomplish that feat in 2002. To find the last time a Moccasin went deep twice in one game at Barnett Field, you have to go all the way back to Kellie Robinson on March 31, 1989, which makes that doubleheader against Saint Leo #15 on this countdown.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #16 (April 21, 2011)
    February 12, 2018
    Florida Southern has had 16 perfect games in its history, which if it isn’t the all-time NCAA Division II record, it has to be close. Nine of them occurred at Barnett Field, but only four were full-length games that did not involve the run-rule, and one of those has already earned a spot on this list (see #19). Furthermore, of the 16 perfect games thrown by Moccasin pitchers, only four have come since the turn of the century. Three of them were 5-inning games, two of those were played at neutral sites, and one that occurred at Barnett Field involved two freshmen who split the game in their college debut against a Division III school from Maine. While that’s still an impressive start, it did not make our top-20 list, otherwise we would not have mentioned it here.
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