AUBURNDALE, FL – Sparked by the hitting of leadoff batter Kacie Kelly, who had seven hits and six RBI in the doubleheader, 8th-ranked Saint Leo won both ends of a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Florida Southern 10-2 and 8-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Saint Leo (28-7, 9-3 Sunshine State Conference) struck for three runs in the first inning when five of the first six Lion batters reached base. Samantha Ohmie drove in the first run with an RBI single and after a wild pitch moved the runners up an additional base, Brittany Creamer dropped a double just inside the line in leftfield, plating two more.
- Ciera Schumaker drove in the next three runs for Saint Leo with a two-run double in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth that made the score 6-0. Two of those three runs scored after walks to Sommer Pollard started both innings.
- The Moccasins (13-16, 4-11) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Makayla Deuberry, but the Lions responded with three in the top of the fifth, all of them scoring on a two-out triple by Kelly.
- Down 9-1, the Moccasins extended the game in the bottom of the fifth when they got four hits but were held to one run in the inning by two good defensive plays by the Lions. Shannon Bell led things off with a triple and Leah Pemberton followed with an RBI single that cut into the Lions' lead. Alyssa Wash then made a diving catch in short right field to take a hit away from Erica Morrissey, a crucial play after singles by Zierra Flodman and Jessica Trana loaded the bases. The Lions escaped further damage when Schumaker fielded a ground ball hit by Alex Mace, stepped on third for a force out and threw across to first for an inning-ending double play.
- Schumaker led off the top of the sixth with her second hit of the game and after moving to third on a wild pitch and passed ball, scored the Lions' final run on a sacrifice fly by Creamer. That allowed the Lions to win by the 8-run rule after six innings.
- Alison Mitts (7-3) went all 6.0 innings for Saint Leo to get the win, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Kelly Gault fell to 5-3 with the loss for Florida Southern, pitching the first 1.1 innings before Hannah Loyer went the rest of the way. The Lions had 10 hits off the two Moccasin pitchers who also combined for four strikeouts and six walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Kelly went 3-for-4 in the game for Saint Leo and was one of three Lions with three RBI. The others were Schumaker and Creamer.
- The Moccasins got two hits from Trana while Morrissey walked twice in three plate appearances and lost a hit on the tough catch by Wash. The Mocs also got a hit and a walk from Desirae Klumpp in her two trips to the plate.
- Flodman had one of the Moccasins' other hits and also threw two runners out attempting to steal. That ended a streak of 16 stolen bases in a row for the Lions spanning 10 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Game two started with both teams scoring in the first inning, with the Lions taking a 1-0 lead after a single by Kelly, a sacrifice bunt, and RBI single by Schumaker. The Moccasins then answered when Bell led off their half of the inning with a single, stole second and came home on a two-out hit by Flodman.
- The Lions grabbed the lead again in the top of the second, an inning that started with a base hit by Bailey McKenna. When Wash put down a bunt to move her to second the Mocs were unable to throw McKenna out at second, and after Pollard's sacrifice put both of them in scoring position, Kelly hit one up the middle that scored McKenna with the go-ahead run; and though Pemberton was able to get a glove on it, the ball bounced far enough away that Wash scored on the play too.
- A two-run single by Wash and an RBI double by Pollard in the third inning after two Florida Southern errors helped put the Lions up 7-1, and an RBI single by Kelly in the fifth inning provided them with their final run of the day.
- Stephanie Adkins picked up her second win of the series to go to 15-3 on the season, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Sara Neuman pitched the final 1.2 innings and gave up one hit while striking out one.
- Kristen Beacham pitched a complete game for Florida Southern, and though she gave up 11 hits, only three of the runs against her were earned. Beacham, who is now 5-6, struck out three and walked one.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- After picking up four hits Friday night and three more in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Kelly went 4-for-5 in the second game Saturday, giving the Saint Leo second baseman 10 hits and six RBI in the series. Including a non-conference game in February in which she also had four hits, the freshman went 15-for-17 against the Mocs this year.
- Flodman, Donna Ryan and Desirae Klumpp all had two hits for the Moccasins, with Klumpp hitting a double in the fourth inning. The seven hits Florida Southern had against Adkins tied for the most she's allowed this season (Eckerd had seven on March 11), and the nine base runners against her were the second most.
- Klumpp went 3-for-6 with a walk in the series, Ryan was 3-for-8 with a pair of stolen bases, and Flodman is hitting a team-high .359 with a .400 on-base percentage in the last 13 games.
- Prior to the second game of the doubleheader, the Moccasins had not committed more than one error in 12 consecutive games.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern will play at Palm Beach Atlantic next Friday night at 6 p.m. in the first of a 3-game series.