AUBURNDALE, FL – Given four runs in the third inning to work with, Brandi Jones did the rest in game one of Florida Southern's Tuesday night doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State. The senior pitcher took a no-hitter into the seventh before finishing with a 2-hit shutout, and her battery mate, catcher Zierra Flodman sparked another win in game two by accounting for two runs with her three hits as the Moccasins defeated the Mustangs 4-0 and 5-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Neither Jones nor opposing pitcher Alex O'Connor allowed a hit through the first 2½ innings before the Moccasins (10-8) struck for four runs in the bottom of the third, all with two out. A walk to Makayla Deuberry had started the inning and after a sacrifice bunt by Desirae Klumpp turned the lineup over, the Mocs got four straight singles from Shannon Bell, Erica Morrissey, Flodman and Jessica Trana. The hits by Bell and Flodman drove in the first two runs, another scored on a passed ball and Trana's hard-hit bad-hop single into left brought in the last one. That also proved to be the final hit of the game for Florida Southern, but the damage was done.
- The Mustangs (5-5) managed just one base runner against Jones in the first five innings, with that a walk by Kaylee Hentges in the second. Jones followed that with 10 consecutive outs before hitting Mackenzie Clouse with a pitch to open the sixth. The Mustangs got her to third but were unable to bring her in.
- In the seventh, Jones got Kali Tomlinson on a pop-up to third to start the seventh, but cleanup hitter Sam Flack broke up the no-hit bid with a soft single into short left. Hentges later added a sharply hit single down the line in left before Jones got the final out of the game for her first shutout of the 2017 season. She's now 2-3 and lowered her ERA to 1.25. She struck out six and walked one.
- O'Connor fell to 2-3 for Southwest Minnesota State, giving up four runs (three earned) in 5.0 innings with four strikeouts and three walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Jones now has five complete game shutouts in her career. She's the third different Moccasin pitcher to throw one this year, joining Kristen Beacham and Kelli Gault.
- Despite one team being from Florida and the other from Minnesota, Jones and O'Connor were facing each other for the second time in their careers. They went head-to-head as freshmen in 2014, a game Jones and the Mocs won 4-1.
- Southwest Minnesota State was nearly no-hit for the second night in a row. The Mustangs were held without a hit Monday in a 2-0 loss at Tampa while facing the Spartans Makaleigh Dooley.
- The Mocs' last 7-inning no-hitter was a perfect game thrown by Christine Clark against Florida Tech in 2011.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The first three hitters of the game had hits for Florida Southern in game two, with Bell hitting a double and Morrissey dropping a single into short leftfield near the line that forced Bell to hold at second. After a double steal put both of them into scoring position, Flodman drove in the first run with a single, and two batters later another RBI single by Leah Pemberton made it 2-0.
- Flodman led off the bottom of the third with her second hit of the game and pinch-runner Jordan Sheppard stole second. A wild pitch moved her to third and Pemberton's fly ball to center was deep enough to score her with the third run of the game.
- Kristen Beacham held the Mustangs scoreless until the top of the fifth when a double steal by lead runner Emma Grote and Abbie Decker gave them their first run of the night. Grote had reached on a double earlier in the inning and another double by Flack brought in Decker and pulled the Mustangs within 3-2.
- The Mocs turned to Hannah Loyer in the sixth inning and after walking the first batter she faced, the senior dominated the rest of the game. The only base runner against Loyer after the walk came on a two-out error in the seventh, and she had two strikeouts in both the sixth and seventh innings to notch her first save of the season.
- The Mocs picked up two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back two-out RBI doubles by Bell and Morrissey.
- Beacham evened her record at 4-4 on the season by allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
- Shelby Crank took the loss, dropping to 1-1 in her first start of 2017. She surrendered five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Flodman had the second 3-hit game of her career, giving her four hits and two RBI in the doubleheader.
- Bell and Morrissey each had two hits in the game, Pemberton drove in two runs, and Klumpp had a hit and a walk in her three trips to the plate.
- The Moccasins had a season-high four stolen bases with Bell, Morrissey, Sheppard and Annemarie Tracey all picking up one.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern will host Claflin (SC) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at the Auburndale Softball Complex.