CLERMONT, FL – Makayla Deuberry and Shannon Reilly put together perfect games at the plate Tuesday and sparked Florida Southern to an 8-4 win over St. Michael's (Vt.) , before Aubrey Ehlers handcuffed American International (Mass.) in game two and gave the Moccasins a 2-0 win and a season sweep of their four games in Clermont this season.
Deuberry went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, three RBI, one walk, one steal and three runs scored out of the number two spot in the batting order, but much of her success went back to what Reilly did in the number nine spot. The sophomore second baseman reached base in all three of her plate appearances, drawing two walks and delivering an RBI double that sparked a four-run sixth. Leadoff batter Jadin Dewith added two hits and two steals in between Reilly and Deuberry, giving those three spots a combined stat line of six hits, three walks, seven runs scored, and four RBI.
The Moccasins (12-15) scored both of their runs in game two in the top of the second when Zierra Flodman reached on a bases-loaded error, and Ehlers took it from there. The senior tossed her third shutout of the season after also pitching four innings for the win against Saint Michael's. She held the Yellow Jackets to four hits with no walks.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Playing as the home team in game one, Dewith and Deuberry helped give Florida Southern two runs in the bottom of the first inning, starting the Moccasin offense with back-to-back singles. Dewith stole second after hers and moved to third on Deuberry's, and a passed ball brought in the first run of the game. Samantha Prosser later knocked in Deuberry with another base hit and the Mocs were quickly up 2-0.
- Ehlers set down the Purple Knights in order in the first two innings, but freshman Courtney Norton hit Ehlers' first pitch of the third to deep left for the first hit and home run of her career. It was one of only two hits allowed by Ehlers, however, with the other coming from Maggie Welling in the fourth before the Mocs went to their bullpen ahead 4-1.
- That 4-1 lead came courtesy of Deuberry's first home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth. After Reilly had walked two batters ahead of her, the senior shortstop crushed the first pitch of her at-bat over the fence in left, putting FSC ahead by three.
- Jenna Weldon came on for Ehlers to start the top of the fifth, but a single and two walks brought Kristen Beacham in with the bases loaded and none out. Beacham walked the first batter she faced to force in a run, but kept the damage to a minimum. Prosser made a sliding catch in short left field to take a potential hit away from Torie Rathwell, which forced Leigh Brandenburg to scramble back to third. Brandenburg was then thrown out by Deuberry on a force play at the plate, and Beacham struck out cleanup batter Fallon Tierney to end the top of the fifth.
- Still leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Moccasins doubled their score and put the game out of reach. Flodman's single started the inning, and after pinch-runner Annemarie Tracey stole second, Reilly's hit that shot through the outfield grass and all the way to fence in left center for a double made it 5-2. A single by Dewith put runners at the corners, Deuberry drove in another run with her third hit of the game, and Kensie Green later pushed a single just past second baseman Chrissy MacLeod for two more runs.
- Saint Michael's got a two-run homer from Danielle Markowski in the top of the seventh, but could get no closer before Beacham finished the game. She picked up her second save of the season by pitching the final three innings, giving up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Ehlers got the win with one run on two hits, a season-high six strikeouts and no walks.
- Rathwell (1-2) took the loss for Saint Michael's while pitching a complete game. The Moccasins got to her for 11 hits, struck out four times and walked three.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Deuberry's three hits were a career-high and the 17th multi-hit game of her career. The home run was the second of her career, with the first coming last February 8 at South Carolina-Aiken. She also made a running catch on a short pop-up into left center that took what would have been a leadoff single in the top of the sixth away from Maggie Welling. She extended her streak of consecutive games without an error to 12.
- Dewith and Prosser each had two hits for the Moccasins in addition to Deuberry's three. Norton had two of Saint Michael's six hits, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
- Ehlers' six strikeouts were not only a season-high but a Florida Southern career-high as well. Her high-water mark at Hillsborough Community College came against Richard Bland College on January 30, 2016 when she had nine.
- With four strikeouts by Beacham, the Moccasins hit 10 as a staff.
- The Moccasins are now 2-0 all-time against Saint Michael's, and Tuesday's game was the first between them since a 28-0 win at Disney in 2000.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The only runs in game two were scored in the top of the second inning with the Moccasins playing as the visiting team against American International. They loaded the bases with none out on a singles by Green and Prosser, and a walk by Alex Mace, and when Flodman hit a ground ball to short that should have scored no more than one run, the ball went through for an error, allowing Green and Prosser to both score.
- Starting her second game of the day, Ehlers retired the first nine Yellow Jackets of the game before Bonnie Kennedy led off the bottom of the fourth with a bouncing single through the left side of the infield. Flodman promptly threw her out attempting to steal second, and Mace made a tough sliding catch near the right field line look casual when she took a hit away from Sarah Baganz. AIC then got two hits off Ehlers in the fifth inning, but again the defense rose to the occasion as Green fielded a ground ball at third, stepped on the bag for one out and fired over to Maddi Conner for an inning-ending double play.
- Even though they were held to only two runs, the Moccasins still had hits in all but the first inning, collecting 10 altogether with several other line drive outs that could have easily added to their total. Jessica Trana doubled leading off the fifth and Green ripped a line drive to shortstop Mackenzie Aleva right after that, only to have it caught and turned into a double play. A similar play happened in the top of the seventh when Deuberry doubled and Trana hit a screamer that was caught on the run by Baganz at second, whose momentum carried her directly to the bag for another double play. Conner also had a line drive caught by Aleva at short in the sixth inning.
- Ehlers went the distance for Florida Southern in pitching her third shutout of the season and upping her record to 11-7. She gave up only four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Kacie Allison also pitched a complete game for American International, and gave up only one earned run on 10 hits with two strikeouts and one walk, but fell to 0-3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Deuberry's seventh-inning double extended her hitting streak to five games, during which time she is batting .438 with two walks and a HBP. She has reached safely in 12 of her last 13 games, and committed only two errors in the last 20 for a .972 fielding percentage during that time. For comparison, the team season record for a shortstop is .972.
- Trana and Meghan Sexton each had two hits, and both of Sexton's were balls smashed at third baseman Victoria Andrade, who managed to knock them down and keep on the infield.
- Mace had a hit and a walk in addition to her hit-saving catch in right.
- Ehlers totaled 11.0 innings for the day with only six hits allowed and one run against her. She had nine strikeouts and no walks.
- The Moccasins are now 9-2 all-time against American International.
- Florida Southern went 4-0 in Clermont this year, winning games against Kentucky Wesleyan and Davenport (Mich.) on February 26.
Florida Southern opens a three-game conference series Friday night at Chris Bellotto Field with a single game against Embry-Riddle at 6 p.m.