AUBURNDALE – With all of the game's scoring occurring in the fourth and fifth innings, Nova Southeastern was able to turn nearly half the hits Florida Southern had into one more run as the Sharks took game one of their series from the Moccasins, 4-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Florida Southern (14-22, 5-14 Sunshine State Conference) out-hit Nova Southeastern (23-23, 11-8) by an 11-6 count, with Shannon Bell, Zierra Flodman, Jessica Trana and Erin Klein all picking up two hits for the Moccasins. The Mocs also got 2.2 scoreless innings of relief from Kelli Gault, but the Sharks used a pair of triples and an RBI single by Dana Edmundson that proved to be the winning run to score three times in the top of the fifth.
- Even though the first three innings were scoreless, there was still plenty of action by both teams. The Sharks got a leadoff infield single from Edmundson to start the game and after a bunt moved her to second, Flodman threw her out attempting to steal third. That was one of nine straight outs recorded by Flodman and pitcher Brandi Jones, who also got defensive help from Donna Ryan with a running catch on a sinking line drive in short right field for the final out of the third.
- Five of the first 11 Moccasin batters had hits off Nova's Lexie Storrer but all five were left on base. That included a leadoff single by Trana in the second inning and a leadoff double by Bell in the third. That inning also featured a nice stop by Nova shortstop Sydney Legeyre, who dove to knock down a near-single by Flodman and threw the Moccasin catcher out at first, which forced Bell to stop at third.
- In the top of the fourth, Edmundson hit a flare into short center that fell just out of the reach of three Moccasins and the Sharks' leadoff batter was able to take second with a double after a collision in the outfield left the bag uncovered. The Sharks got her home with a 2-out single by Alex Suzuki for a 1-0 lead.
- The Moccasins tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when Trana delivered a triple to start the inning and came home on an infield hit by Klein.
- The top of the fifth also started with a triple, this one by Legeyre in nearly the same spot where Trana put hers. A fly ball by Erica Winter was deep enough to plate the go-ahead run, and the Sharks scored again following an error and RBI triple by Mary Acosta. That hit forced a pitching change with Gault replacing Jones, but Edmundson greeted the Moccasin reliever with her third hit of the game, a single that knocked in Acosta and put the Sharks ahead 4-1.
- Once again the Mocs put their leadoff runner on in the bottom of the fifth, this time on a double by Desirae Klumpp. She scored without another ball even put into play, taking third on a passed ball and moving home when the throw to third was wide of the bag and into leftfield. Bell then singled and stole second and a single by Flodman brought her in for the Mocs' second run of the inning, making the score 4-3.
- While Gault kept the Sharks from scoring again, Storrer also kept the Mocs off the board in the final two innings. The only hit for either team during those frames was a one-out double by Makayla Deuberry in the bottom of the sixth.
- Storrer improved to 17-10 with her league-leading 27th complete game of the season. She survived 11 Florida Southern hits, giving up three runs (all earned) with five strikeouts and no walks. Jones dropped to 3-11 with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Gault gave up just one hit with one strikeout and no walks in her 2.2 innings of work.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Moccasins turned two double plays Friday night, including one by Deuberry in spectacular fashion. The sophomore shortstop not only took a hit away from Storrer with a leaping catch in the fifth inning, she then got the ball to Leah Pemberton at second base to double off Edmundson for the final out of the inning.
- Edmundson went 3-for-4 for Nova with one RBI, one run scored, a double and a stolen base. She's scored or driven in 36 percent of the Sharks' runs this year.
- The game started with a 15-pitch at-bat by Edmundson against Jones that took nearly seven minutes to complete. After falling behind 0-2 she ran the count full while fouling off nine pitches, eventually beating out bouncing ground ball to second for an infield single.
- The Mocs were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position while the Sharks were 2-for-6.
- Florida Southern has 23 hits in the last two games.
- The Moccasins are now 3-11 in one-run games this year. The most one-run losses the team has ever had in a season was 12 in 2002 during a total of 50 games.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern wrap up the series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. It will be the Moccasins' final home games of the 2017 season.