2017-18 Florida Southern News

  • Registration Now Open for the Chris Bellotto Defense Camp
    September 17, 2018
    Registration is now open for the Chris Bellotto Defense Camp on Thursday, October 25. Open to ages 13 and up, the camp is being held at Chris Bellotto Field on the campus of Florida Southern College and is limited to 100 participants. The deadline to register is October 15, so don't delay! For more information, contact Florida Southern head softball coach Chris Bellotto.
  • 105 Moccasins Earn D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award
    August 16, 2018
    CLEVELAND, OH - Florida Southern College had 105 student-athletes named as D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award recipients, the D2 Athletic Directors Association announced on Thursday.
  • Bell Chosen as Moccasin Softball Team MVP
    July 20, 2018
    Shannon Bell has been chosen as the Florida Southern softball team MVP by Moccasin head coach Chris Bellotto.
  • Florida Southern Places 169 Student-Athletes on SSC Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
    June 26, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College place 169 student-athletes on the SSC Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll, the Sunshine State Conference office announced on Tuesday morning, placing the Moccasins second among all 11 SSC member institutions. In addition, the Mocs had a conference-best 60 student-athletes finish with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the spring semester, nearly twice as many as second-place Florida Tech (36).
  • Florida Southern Athletics Continues Tradition of Strong Academics
    May 26, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College has long been known for is excellence in the arenas of athletic competition, but Moccasin student-athletes are also shining in the classroom as well as Florida Southern boasts three NCAA Division II Elite 90 award recipients this year. The Elite 90 program honors the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA's 90 championship events, and the Mocs have claimed three Elite 90 awards this
  • Florida Southern Captures 2017-18 SSC Men’s and Women’s Mayors’ Cups
    May 22, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern College has won the 2017-18 men’s and women’s Sunshine State Conference Mayors’ Cups. The wins mark the 10th time an institution has won both Mayors’ Cups in the same academic year.
  • Bell Selected to NFCA All-South Region Softball Team
    May 09, 2018
    Florida Southern’s Shannon Bell has added another award to her postseason list as the senior centerfielder from nearby Plant City has been named Second Team All-South Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She is the first Moccasin since 2009 to earn that honor and it comes on the heels of her selection as the Sunshine State Conference co-Player-of-the-Year.
  • Meghan Sexton Signs with Moccasin Softball Program as Part of its 2018 Recruiting Class
    May 07, 2018
    Florida Southern head softball coach Chris Bellotto is pleased to announce the addition of Meghan Sexton to the Moccasins’ incoming recruiting class for the fall of 2018. A junior college transfer from Seminole State, Sexton is the fifth player to sign with the Moccasins for the 2019 season, joining a class that includes freshmen Taylor Davis, Jadin DeWith, Celia Higgins, and Beka Schulte.
  • Bell Voted Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Year in Softball; Flodman Also Earns All-SSC Honors for the Second Time
    May 03, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern’s Shannon Bell has brought home one of the league’s biggest individual awards as the senior center fielder was voted the Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Year in a vote of league coaches. She shares that honor with Palm Beach Atlantic center fielder Magnolia West, marking only the third time two players tied in the voting. Bell is also a repeat selection on the All-SSC First Team, and junior catcher Zierra Flodman repeats as a member of the All-SSC Second Team.
  • Nova Southeastern Comes Back to Win Softball Season Finale over Florida Southern, 3-1
    April 29, 2018
    DAVIE, FL – Florida Southern put the first run on the board Sunday morning in the top of the first inning, but Nova Southeastern fought back to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth and held on to defeat the Moccasins 3-1 in the season finale for both teams.
  • Bell’s Big Hits in Game One Lead to Extra-Inning Win; Beacham Tosses One-Hitter in Game Two as Mocs Beat Sharks 5-3 and 4-1
    April 28, 2018
    DAVIE, FL – A pair of RBI singles by Shannon Bell, including one in the top of the ninth inning, helped bring Florida Southern back from a 3-0 deficit for a 5-3 extra-inning win in game one, and Kristen Beacham tossed a one-hitter in game two as the Moccasins took two from Nova Southeastern, 5-3 in nine innings and 4-1.
  • Game One of Florida Southern-Nova Southeastern Softball Series Suspended by Rain and Will Resume Saturday
    April 27, 2018
    DAVIE, FL – A game that was originally scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. was initially pushed back to almost 8:30 because of heavy rain Friday afternoon, but Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern only made it into the top of the second inning when more rain made further play impossible. The game was suspended with one out in the second before either team even had a base runner and it will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. The second game of the series will be played immediately thereafter, and the series finale will now be played Sunday at 11 a.m.
  • Green, Gault and Two Big Defensive Plays Propel Moccasins to 4-2 Win and Split with #15 West Florida
    April 24, 2018
    TALLAHASSEE – Kensie Green’s two-run single was the only hit in a three-run first inning that helped propel Kelli Gault to the biggest win of her young career, but a couple of late-inning defensive plays by Zierra Flodman and Lindsey Wilson made sure those efforts did indeed result in a 4-2 win by the Moccasins over 15th-ranked West Florida. That came after the Argonauts won the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, 2-0.
  • Softball Games Against West Florida Moved up One Hour
    April 23, 2018
    Tuesday's neutral-site doubleheader between Florida Southern and West Florida has been moved up one hour and will now start at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Those games are being played at Tallahassee Community College.
  • Weldon is Lights Out All the Way: Grand Slam and Near-Perfect Pitching Rallies Florida Southern Past Flagler as Moccasins and Saints Split Doubleheader
    April 18, 2018
    ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Jenna Weldon etched her name into the history book earlier this year with a perfect game against Chestnut Hill, and Wednesday night she found a new way to put herself in the book again. The freshman pitcher/third baseman hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the fifth inning and threw 4.2 innings of near-perfect relief for the win as Florida Southern rallied from a four-run deficit for a 9-4 win over Flagler. The Saints won Wednesday night’s first game, 8-5, when a Moccasin rally in the seventh inning fell a little bit short.
  • FSC Collects 10 Hits in Game One as Bell Sets Record for 4-Hit Games; Panther Pitching Tosses Two Shutouts Though in Sweep of Mocs
    April 14, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – Shannon Bell set a Florida Southern record with her fourth 4-hit game of the season as part of a 10-hit effort by the Moccasins in the opener, but Florida Tech’s pitching kept them from scoring in both games as the Panthers swept the doubleheader, 3-0 and 4-0.
  • Weldon Homers, Ehlers Shines in Relief Role, but Early Scoring by Panthers Gives Florida Tech 4-1 Win Over FSC
    April 13, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – Jenna Weldon went deep for the fourth time this year, and Aubrey Ehlers pitched four strong innings out of the bullpen, but Florida Tech used three runs in the first two innings to take control early and went on to a 4-1 win over Florida Southern on Friday.
  • Beacham Claims SSC Pitcher of the Week Award for April 9
    April 09, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern’s Kristen Beacham has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 9 following her three-hit shutout of 4th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday. It’s Beacham’s first SSC weekly award of the season and the second of her career.
  • Moccasins Strike Early Behind Trana, Then Ride Beacham’s Arm for 2-0 Win over No. 4 Palm Beach Atlantic; Sailfish Win Game Two for a Split
    April 07, 2018
    LAKELAND – Jessica Trana’s two-run double in the first inning gave Florida Southern the lead and Kristen Beacham carried the Moccasins on her shoulders the rest of the way. Given the lead after working out of a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the top of the first, Beacham dominated the second half of the game to complete a three-hit shutout for a 2-0 win over 4th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Sailfish won the weather-delayed second game 8-0 behind a two-hit shutout from Ashton Adkins.
  • Saturday Softball Doubleheader Moved to 11:00
    April 06, 2018
    LAKELAND - Due to the threat of rain later in the afternoon on Saturday, Florida Southern and Palm Beach Atlantic have changed the starting time of their doubleheader from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. The doubleheader will be the Moccasins' final home games of the season.
  • Third-Inning Grand Slam Sends No. 4 Palm Beach Atlantic on its Way to 9-0 Win Over Florida Southern
    April 06, 2018
    LAKELAND – A third-inning grand slam by Hannah Carlton provided a large chunk of the scoring, and two pitchers combined to limit Florida Southern to five hits as 4th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic opened a three-game Sunshine State Conference series with a 9-0 win over the Moccasins.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #1 (April 1, 2001)
    April 05, 2018
    When this top-20 countdown was conceived many weeks ago, there were many games or moments that were so memorable, their inclusion on the list was pretty much automatic. The only debate for some was exactly where they would fall. It became even more difficult once we were inside the top-10 and the challenge became even greater around #5. There was one moment, however, that stood above them all, and there was never any question that it would be placed at the top. It was something that has never come close to happening anywhere else in college softball except at Barnett Field on Sunday, April 1, 2001. For anyone who was there the day Florida Southern and Barry played 35 innings (21 in game one and 14 in game two), it is not something they will ever forget.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #2 (April 14, 1993)
    April 02, 2018
    The 1993 Moccasin softball team is among the best teams Florida Southern has ever had in any sport, and it remains the only softball team from any school in the Sunshine State Conference to win a national championship. The Moccasins went 45-11 that year, 23-1 in conference play, and 36-5 in their final 41 games. They averaged more than seven runs per game, hit .371 as a team with a .436 on-base percentage, and stole 113 bases. Every one of their full-time starters hit over .300, and most were well over .350. Sixteen times that season, Florida Southern scored at least 10 runs in a game, and the Mocs played four doubleheaders in which they scored 25-plus. None of those compared to what happened on April 14, 1993, against Rollins College when they set the NCAA Division II single-game scoring record in a 42-0 win over the Tars.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #3 (April 25, 2014)
    March 29, 2018
    As the 2014 season was drawing to a close, Florida Southern and Eckerd went into their final series fighting for position in the middle of the Sunshine State Conference standings. Neither team would be going to the postseason, and though the Moccasins were already assured of a winning record, the Tritons needed one win in those final three games to secure what would be their first winning season in team history. All three were decided in dramatic fashion with two walk-off wins by Florida Southern and one seventh-inning comeback by Eckerd in the middle game on April 25. It’s that day which earns the #3 spot on the countdown, not so much for the game itself, but the aftermath.
  • Saint Leo Holds off Florida Southern in Seventh Inning Twice on Thursday to Earn 3-1 and 7-4 Wins over Moccasins
    March 29, 2018
    SAINT LEO, FL – Saint Leo’s Shyanne DuBois did a lot of damage with her bat and her legs in both games of Thursday night’s Sunshine State Conference doubleheader, and Alison Mitts came out of the bullpen to shut down one Florida Southern rally in game one, and barely another in game two. That combination allowed the Lions (28-10, 12-9) to pick up 3-1 and 7-4 wins over the Moccasins (22-13, 9-12).
  • Four-Run Third Inning Featuring Three-Run Homer Sparks Saint Leo in 6-1 Victory over Florida Southern
    March 28, 2018
    SAINT LEO, FL – Using a three-run homer by Bethany Kursch in the third inning, and key hits from the number eight and nine hitters in both the fourth and sixth innings, Saint Leo took the first of a three-game series with Florida Southern by the score of 6-1.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #4 (May 15, 2006)
    March 26, 2018
    During the 2004 national runner-up season, Florida Southern’s starting lineup often included six freshmen, and most of them were still around two years later when the Moccasins won their third straight Sunshine State Conference championship and were again the top-ranked team in the South Region. The Mocs, however, did not secure the SSC title nor the #1 seed in the regional tournament until the final game of the regular season, a 5-2 win over Barry that gave them two-of-three over the Buccaneers in a battle between two nationally ranked top-10 teams at Barnett Field. That put Florida Southern two games ahead of Barry in the final SSC standings, and led to what occurred on May 15, 2006.
  • Florida Southern and Barry Put 32 Runs on the Board as Moccasins Slug Out 11-8 and 7-6 Wins for Series Sweep
    March 24, 2018
    LAKELAND – Call it whatever you want, a battle royal, slugfest, knock-down-drag-out, or even a donnybrook, but whatever it was, Saturday’s doubleheader between Florida Southern and Barry at Chris Bellotto Field will go down as one of the more memorable between the two long-time Sunshine State Conference rivals. Twice during the first game, the Moccasins trailed by four runs, and twice they came back before securing an 11-8 win behind the big bats of Jessica Trana, Kensie Green, and Makayla Deuberry. In the second game, they almost had the tables turned as Barry nearly erased a four-run lead by Florida Southern in the top of the seventh before Aubrey Ehlers forced the door shut in a warrior-like performance that gave the Mocs a 7-6 victory and their first-ever three-game sweep of the Buccaneers.
  • Green’s Return Provides Early Spark Before Bell Secures the Win Late as Florida Southern Downs Barry 6-3 in Series Opener
    March 23, 2018
    LAKELAND – After missing the previous nine games, Kensie Green wasted no time in re-asserting herself as one of the Moccasins’ top run producers, staking Florida Southern to a 4-0 lead after one inning Friday night in the series opener against Barry. After the Buccaneers cut that lead down to one run by the sixth inning, Shannon Bell came through with another big hit before an unconventional double play ended the game in the top of the seventh and gave Florida Southern a 6-3 win.
  • Top-20 Softball Moments at Barnett Field, #5 (March 21, 2001)
    March 22, 2018
    It could be argued that Julianne Coleman’s 13 innings of no-hit softball against Saint Leo in 1998 was the greatest single day for a pitcher that the Moccasins have ever had. But if there’s a an argument to be had, it might come from Keltie Christian, a junior college transfer who came to Florida Southern in 2000 and took over as the Mocs’ big gun after Coleman graduated the previous season. Christian put up some frightening numbers of her own in the two seasons she played at Florida Southern, most notably her 708 strikeouts in 524 innings. She led the nation in that category as a senior in 2001 after finishing second the previous season. It was on March 20, 2000, that Christian and Saint Leo’s Desiree Croteau pitched two games against each other in which they combined for 50 strikeouts and only 11 hits allowed. The best part of that doubleheader for Florida Southern was that Christian’s pitching helped them get two walk-off wins.
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