TAMPA – Florida Southern's pitching staff held Tampa to only three hits in the final game of season Saturday, but one of those was a two-run homer by Bre Setree in the bottom of the first inning which gave the Spartans a 2-0 win over the Moccasins.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Tampa (29-12, 16-8 Sunshine State Conference) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Setree's third home run of the season, but had just two more hits the remainder of the game. Both of those came in the third inning, and one of those was also by Setree. After that one, Kelli Gault and Hannah Loyer combined for 3.1 hitless innings of relief between them, and they pitched a total of 4.0 innings without allowing a run following the first two innings by starter Brandi Jones.
- Florida Southern's best chance to score came in the top of the second when Leah Pemberton singled to start the inning and Zierra Flodman reached on an error right behind her. A ground out by Jessica Trana moved the runners along, but Pemberton was later thrown out at the plate on an attempted squeeze play.
- The Moccasins (17-24, 8-16) got singles from Makayla Deuberry in the fifth and Erica Morrissey in the sixth but could get neither of them into scoring position. After Deuberry's hit, Donna Ryan hit a hard bouncer up the middle but Tampa pitcher Corynn Miner grabbed it and got a force out at second.
- Jones, Gault and Loyer all pitched two innings for Florida Southern, though Jones took the loss falling to 5-13 while giving up two runs on one hit with no strikeouts and one walk. The senior won the first two games in the series and in 11.2 innings against Tampa was touched for only two runs, six hits and one walk. In six of her 13 losses this season, Jones gave up two runs or less.
- Gault gave up two hits and struck out two batters in 2.0 innings of work, and Loyer struck out five, walked one and did not allow a hit in her 2.0 innings.
- Miner went the distance for Tampa to improve her record to 13-5. She limited the Moccasins to only three hits, walked no one and struck out three.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Despite the loss in the final game, Florida Southern took 2-of-3 from Tampa over the weekend, winning the season series from the Spartans for the first time since 2007.
- Deuberry, Shannon Bell and Erin Klein all went 4-for-9 in the series as the Moccasins' leading hitters, though Deuberry also had two walks to give her a team-leading .545 on-base percentage.
- Desirae Klumpp easily handled three fly balls in left to finish the season perfect in 84 chances (80 putouts and four assists). No outfielder in team history has handled that many chances in the outfield without committing at least one error. Only four others have done that with as many as 70 chances: Tangie Burns (1990), Jackie Pavone (2002), Sarah Kohlbrenner (2007) and Natalie Lang (2008).
- The entire Florida Southern outfield combined for only two errors this season, which is believed to be the fewest in team history. Going back to 1990, there were no previous seasons with fewer than three.
- Erica Morrissey's .961 fielding percentage at third base is the best for Florida Southern at that position since Nikki Henderson set the school record of .963 in 2007.
- Loyer finished her career averaging just under one strikeout per inning, and was at 8.2 per seven innings this season. She had a 1.03 ERA over the final month covering 20.1 innings.
- Though Klein did not have a hit in the final game, she was the Moccasins' leading hitter in April at .550 for players with at least 20 at-bats in the month (11-for-20). Klumpp and Bell each hit .361 (13-for-36).