AUBURNDALE - Erin Klein's 2-out infield single in the bottom of the eighth led to a throwing error that allowed the winning run to score, giving Florida Southern a 3-2 win in game one, and Kelli Gault tossed 6.0 scoreless and near no-hit innings in game two but early scoring by Nova Southeastern gave the Sharks a 7-3 win in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Florida Southern (15-23, 6-15 Sunshine State Conference) had seven hits in the first three innings off Erica Winter but could turn them into just one run, which came in the bottom of the first when Erica Morrissey singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Zierra Flodman. The Moccasins also got singles from Morrissey and Flodman to start the bottom of the third, but Morrissey was thrown out on a close play at the plate on a bunt.
- Nova Southeastern (24-24, 12-9 SSC) scored its first run in the top of the third after Mary Acosta reached on an infield single for the Sharks' first hit of the game and touched the plate on a double by Dakota Villella. Two innings later Dana Edmundson delivered a solo home run to center to put the Sharks ahead 2-1.
- The Mocs tied the score in the bottom half of the fifth, an inning that featured Morrissey's third hit of the game and an RBI single by Jessica Trana. The game remained tied at 2-2 into extra innings as senior pitcher Hannah Loyer worked around a leadoff single in the top of the sixth with three straight ground outs, and a double by Acosta in the top of the seventh by striking out the side.
- In the bottom of the eighth, Makayla Deuberry reached base on a one-out error and was bunted into scoring position by Dana Mackiewicz. That brought Klein to the plate with two out and the senior designated player hit a bouncer between the circle and home plate that pitcher Erica Winter fielded. Klein raced down the line for an infield hit, but Winter's throw was wide of the bag, allowing Deuberry to come around with the winning run for a 3-2 FSC victory.
- Loyer, a senior in her final home appearance, went the distance for Florida Southern and allowed two runs on six hits for the win. While retiring nine of the final 10 Nova batters on Saturday, she had a season-high nine strikeouts and issued just one walk to up her record to 2-0. She's now struck out 36 batters in 32.2 innings this season.
- Winter fell to 6-10 with the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Loyer and Winter each threw 114 pitches in the game, and had nearly the same breakdown with Loyer throwing 73 strikes and Winter 74. Loyer's nine strikeouts tied for the most by a Moccasin pitcher this year, with Brandi Jones striking out nine in a game at Eckerd on February 17. Loyer also helped herself by fielding three of the six ground balls Nova hit off her and picking up three of the team's five assists.
- Morrissey had her second game of the season with at least three hits, and Flodman had her third straight multi-hit game as the third baseman and catcher accounted for five of the Mocs' 11 hits.
- Mackiewicz had a hit, walk and sacrifice bunt that set up the winning run in her four trips to the plate.
- Edmundson's home run for Nova Southeastern was her 10th of the season, giving her the lead in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Nova Southeastern scored three runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the top of the second to take a 7-0 before Gault restored order with a dominating relief effort. Entering with the Mocs trailing by six runs, the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the second, the freshman retired 11 straight batters (one of them on a sacrifice fly) and gave up just one hit in her 6.0 innings of work. Gault had three strikeouts and no walks, and the only hit the Sharks had against her was an infield single by Sydney Lageyre with two out in the top of the seventh.
- Lageyre also drove in three of Nova's seven runs with a two-run single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the second. The Sharks scored their other three runs on bases-loaded walks by Villella, Lexie Storrer and Alex Suzuki.
- Storrer was also Nova Southeastern's pitcher in game two and held the Mocs to three hits over the first five innings, though she was aided by some nice defensive work behind her. Rightfielder Megan Maloney made a catch near the line and was able to double off a runner at first base for a double play in the third, Lageyre took a hit away from Morrissey with a diving stop near the second base bag in the fourth, and third baseman Samantha Gonzales caught a hard-hit line drive by Deuberry in the fifth.
- The Moccasins broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Klein led off with a single and came around to score on a two-out hit by Flodman. They tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh, an inning that started with an error, and continued with a two-out walk by Mackiewicz and single by Klein. Desirae Klumpp followed that with a two-run single but the Mocs could get no closer.
- Storrer pitched a complete game to move her record to 18-10, allowing three runs (one earned) on nine hits with no strikeouts and one walk. Brandi Jones fell to 3-12 for Florida Southern, giving up seven runs (five earned) in 1.0 inning-plus, with two strikeouts and three walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Klein went 3-for-3 in game two Saturday, was 4-for-5 with two sacrifice bunts in the doubleheader, and was 6-for-8 in the three-game series.
- Klumpp had her first career 3-hit game with the Moccasins and had five hits in the series. She's hitting .375 in the last seven games.
- Flodman drove in at least one run for the fourth consecutive game and is 7-for-12 during that streak.
- Gault tossed 8.2 scoreless innings of relief in the series and gave up just two hits with no walks.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern will end the series next weekend, April 28-29 with a three-game series at Tampa. The first game is Friday night at 6 p.m., with the Moccasins and Spartans playing a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.