ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Senior third baseman Erica Morrissey had a game to remember Friday night, while a lot of other Moccasins were going about making their own set of memories. Morrissey went 4-for-5 with five RBI, Shannon Bell and Jessica Trana each had three hits, Leah Pemberton drove in a pair of runs too, and freshman Kelli Gault tossed a 4-hit shutout as Florida Southern defeated Georgia Southwestern 8-0 in their second game of the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After stranding a pair of runners in the first two innings, Florida Southern (3-2) broke through in the top of the third. Bell's out-out single and stolen base put a runner in scoring position for her former junior college teammate, Desirae Klumpp, who ripped a pitch down to third that was caught by Hayley Tierce. Bell got back to the second base bag in time to avoid a double play and was able to score on a two-out single by Morrissey.
- The Moccasins tacked on another run in the top of the fifth after Morrissey reached on a one-out double. Trana followed with a line drive single into left that bounced in front of, and then past the Hurricanes' leftfielder for an error, allowing Morrissey to score and Trana to take second. The Mocs would load the bases on another error and a fielder's choice, but Georgia Southwestern pitcher Shannon Gibson kept it a 2-0 game by inducing a force out at the plate and getting a strikeout to end the inning.
- Morrissey saved her biggest hit for the top of the sixth. With Bell at second with a double, Morrissey lined an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left center for her first home run, putting the Mocs ahead 4-0. They weren't finished scoring either. After Trana followed the home run with a double, the Mocs got her home too when Pemberton dropped a hit into left center for an RBI single.
- Morrissey had one more chance to deliver and she did so yet again. With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh her single into center drove in two more runs and Pemberton then picked up her second RBI single in as many innings to provide Florida Southern with its final run.
- Gault, who was making her second start of the season, scattered four hits in her first complete game. She struck out six and walked three to improve her record to 2-0. Gault set down the first six batters she faced before Emily Smith singled leading off the bottom of the third. A bunt single by Graysen Sanders and a walk loaded the bases with none out, but Gault got out of her only serious trouble in the game by getting a force out at the plate, a strike out, and a running catch by Klumpp in left center to end the inning.
- The third inning was the only one in which the Hurricanes (1-2) had more than one base runner against Gault. She worked around a leadoff double by Sanders in the fifth and Morrissey turned a double play in the seventh that ended the game after a walk.
- The Moccasins had 15 hits off Gibson and relief pitcher Brittany Childs, who combined for seven strikeouts and two walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins are now 5-0 all-time against Georgia Southwestern in games played in St. Augustine. The Mocs won two games played at Flagler in 2009 (8-0 and 5-0) and two more games in 2015 (2-1 and 8-5).
- Senior Erin Klein made her first start of the season in right field and had a hit and a walk. She was on base when Morrissey doubled in the top of the seventh. Alex Mace and Klumpp were also on base at the time, Mace with a single and Klumpp after being hit by a pitch.
- Klumpp saved two potential hits with her glove, one in the third inning and one in the sixth.
- Morrissey's home run was the first for a Moccasin since Jordan Alexander went deep at Lynn last February 20.
- Morrissey's 4-hit game was the first for a Moccasin since Pemberton went 4-for-4 against Florida Tech on April 3, 2015.
- Florida Southern will play two more games in St. Augustine on Saturday, taking on Newberry (SC) at 11 a.m., and Georgia Southwestern for a second time at 1 p.m.