LAKELAND, FL – Jadin Dewith had a pair of two-hit games for Florida Southern Thursday night, but No. 5 Florida Tech snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning of game one, and snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fourth inning of game two for 8-0 and 7-1 wins over the Moccasins. The second game was stopped in the top of the seventh inning by rain, but is official, leaving the teams only one game to complete the series on Friday. That game has been moved up to 10 a.m. in an attempt to beat more rain that is expected by early afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Each team had hits in each of the first two innings, and each got them into scoring position but were unable to push a run across the plate until Florida Tech (35-10, 19-7 Sunshine State Conference) scored four times in the top of the third. The Panthers started the scoring after ninth-place hitter Mikayla Wessel legged out an infield single to start the inning and stole second. Cheyenne Nelson followed with a single that barely got through the left side of the infield, driving in Wessel with the first run of the game. Two walks loaded the bases and Tina Velazquez Rolon drove in two runs with a single before a double steal gave the Panthers their fourth run of the inning.
- Florida Tech added two more in the fifth on a two-run single by Vanessa Rubio, one in the sixth on an RBI double by Jaden Kline, and one more in the seventh on a bunt by Wessel after a double by Shanysse Emerenciana had started that inning.
- Dewith had her singles in the first and sixth innings, and the Moccasins (15-26, 7-22) also got a two-hit game from Jenna Weldon, who was making her first start of the season at third base. Weldon doubled in the second and singled in the seventh. The Mocs also got a single from Zierra Flodman in the seventh.
- Melanie Murphy threw the complete game shutout for Florida Tech, giving up five hits with four strikeouts and no walks as she improved to 19-5. Aubrey Ehlers saw her record fall to 13-13 with the loss, pitching the first 2.2 innings before Kelli Gault went the final 4.1.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The Moccasins had a scoring threat in the bottom of the first when Dewith and Jessica Trana had a pair of infield singles, and the Panthers got a walk and a single in the top of the second, but neither team scored until the top of the third. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Xiarysse Emerenciana singled with two out and scored on a double by Kline. The Mocs answered in the bottom half of the inning when Dewith singled, moved to second on a ground out by Makayla Deuberry, and scored on Trana's two-out hit.
- Florida Tech then took the lead for good with four in the top of the fourth and did so with just one hit in the inning. That came from Velazquez leading off the frame, with a bases-loaded walk by Melinda Rule forcing in the go-ahead run, and Shanysse Emerenciana coming in right behind her when she never stopped running around the bag at third.
- The Panthers finished the scoring in the top of the sixth by scoring on an error and a double steal, and the seventh inning was never completed when rain forced the teams off the field for the third time in the game.
- That allowed Jordan Lawlis to pitch a complete game with six innings of work as she upped her record to 6-2. Lawlis gave up one run on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Kristen Beacham, Weldon, and Ehlers all saw time in the pitcher's circle for Florida Southern, with Beacham starting and going 3.0 innings plus three batters in the fourth. The pitching staff gave up only six hits, but the Panthers scored four unearned runs and did receive six walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Dewith went 2-for-3 for the second time in the doubleheader and now leads the team with 13 multi-hit games. It was the first time, however, she had two such games in one doubleheader.
- The Moccasins were without regular third baseman Celia Higgins or Kensie Green, but Weldon went 3-for-5 with a walk while starting both games at that position.
- Trana went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap, while Alex Mace was 1-for-2 with a walk. Mace also threw a runner out at the plate to start a 9-2-6 double play in the top of the sixth where both outs were recorded against base runners. Mace has a team-high six outfield assists this season despite not starting the first nine games of the season. That's tied for the fifth most in team history, and no right fielder has had that many since Traci Wood threw out eight runners in 1996.
Florida Southern and Florida Tech are scheduled to wrap up the series on Friday at 10 a.m., with the six Moccasin seniors being recognized at approximately 9:40.