LAKELAND, FL – Alex Mace did the heavy lifting for Florida Southern in game one by driving in four runs, and 10 different Moccasins had at least one hit in game two as Florida Southern swept a doubleheader from Canadian national champion Western Ontario, 8-1 and 10-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Mace went 3-for-4 and tied her career-high with four RBI in the opener. The sophomore from nearby Bartow drove in the first two runs of the game with a single in the bottom of the third, had an RBI single as part of a 3-run fifth-inning, and added an RBI double as part of a 3-run sixth. She also scored two runs, one of them on an RBI double by another Bartow High School product, freshman Kensie Green, and the other on a single by freshman Jenna Weldon.
- Florida Southern's other two runs scored on a double by Jessica Trana in the fifth and another double by Green in the sixth. That gave the three through six hitters in the lineup nine hits and eight RBI in the 8-1 win. All four of those players (Trana, Mace, Weldon and Green) had at least two hits and one RBI.
- Shannon Bell was an active participant too with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base. She was also hit by a pitch, putting her on base in three of her four plate appearances. Desirae Klumpp reached on two of her three with a single and a walk, and Zierra Flodman reached twice on a pair of walks. It was Klumpp and Bell who singled in the third inning and came around to score on the first hit by Mace.
- In addition to her two hits and one RBI, Weldon also pitched three scoreless innings for Florida Southern to start the game, working around a single hit in each inning before giving way to Kelli Gault. Entering with a 2-0 lead, Gault gave up an unearned run in the top of the fourth after an error kept the inning alive and led to a 2-out infield single by Kristen Pearn that scored Briar Balas. It turned out to be the only run of the game for Western, as Gault finished things off for her third win of the season. Now 3-0 following her 4.0 innings of relief work, Gault leads the Sunshine State Conference with a 0.38 ERA. Of the three hits against her Tuesday, two were of the infield variety (both of them by Pearn), and she struck out two and walked no one.
- Rachel Jacques took the loss for Western, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Florida Southern (6-3) took a 1-0 lead in game two after loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning on a walk to Bell, base hit by Trana, and another single by Mace. Green's fly ball to center got the run in when Emma Murray made a diving catch to take away a hit, but could not get to her feet fast enough to stop Bell from scoring.
- The Moccasins added two more runs in the bottom of the second, with Flodman and Klumpp each picking up singles and coming around to score. Flodman came home on a wild pitch and Klumpp slipped in immediately after that when Lindsey Wilson grounded out to first.
- The Mocs blew the game open with a 3-run fourth, highlighted by Klumpp's 2-run single. That was one of four consecutive batters to reach base for Florida Southern to start the inning, which included a leadoff single by Flodman, her second of the game.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Alli Carroll was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Flodman bunted her into scoring position for pinch-hitter Ann Scios, who delivered an RBI single to make it a 7-0 game and put Florida Southern on the verge of winning by the 8-run rule. That appeared in jeopardy when the Mustangs pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Mocs made it happen anyway in the bottom half of the sixth. Singles by Bell, Ashlyn Worcester and Green put three runners on base and Sara Contini's fourth wild pitch of the game brought in Bell. Carroll then delivered a single into right-center that plated Worcester and pinch-runner Sam Gibson with the final runs.
- Kristen Beacham earned the win for Florida Southern with 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, striking out three and walking three. Aubrey Ehlers finished the game by pitching 2.0 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with no strikeouts or walks.
- Contini took the loss, pitching a complete game (5.1 innings) but giving up nine earned runs on 14 hits with one strikeout and one walk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Florida Southern is now 8-0 all-time against Western Ontario (normally referred to as Western), with the Mustangs making the trip to central Florida every other year since 2010. The Mustangs have won five national championships in Canada, and remain the only Canadian team the Mocs have ever faced. They had a 2014 doubleheader vs. Simon Fraser rained out.
- Trana had three hits and three RBI as a freshman against Western, and this year as a junior collected four hits and one RBI. Both Trana and Green had two hits in each game.
- Flodman had two hits and two walks in the doubleheader, while Bell and Klumpp each had three hits and a walk.
- Wilson did not reach base in game one, marking the first time the freshman right fielder failed to do so this season. She did, however, still play a role in the scoring, putting down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning that led to the first run of the game. She then went 1-for-3 with an RBI in game two.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern continues its 10-game homestand this weekend with a 3-game Sunshine State Conference series against Eckerd. Game one is Friday night at 7 p.m., with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.