BOCA RATON, FL – For a pitcher who didn't get a win in a Florida Southern sweep of Lynn on Saturday, Kristen Beacham sure did have a big impact on both games. Perhaps the biggest of the many Moccasins who did. The sophomore from Lakeland pitched 4.0 innings in each game and allowed just two base runners and one run, as the Mocs came from behind in both games for 3-1 and 7-3 victories over the Knights.
Beacham was the starter in game one and left in the bottom of the fifth before Aubrey Ehlers went the final 3.0 innings to get the "W" when the Moccasins (12-5, 5-4 SSC) rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth simply by putting the ball in play. In game two, Beacham tossed another 4.0 innings, this time in relief as she retired all 12 batters she faced. She earned the save in that one, with Jenna Weldon the winning pitcher. Weldon also hit a crushing 2-run homer in the top of the seventh as the designated player, after a lot of earlier damage was done by Desirae Klumpp (three hits and three runs scored as the Mocs' leadoff batter) and Shannon Bell (1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI).
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- In a scoreless game through the first four innings, Beacham had limited the Knights (13-8, 5-4) to just one base runner when Kayla Sheffield doubled leading off the top of the fifth. That prompted a pitching change, bringing Ehlers into the game. Ehlers got the first out before Shayle Arenson delivered a bloop single into short center that brought in Sheffield with the first run of the game, and the only run charged to Beacham all afternoon.
- The Moccasins nearly tied the score in the bottom of the fifth after getting a leadoff walk from Makayla Deuberry. Pinch-runner Samantha Prosser reached third on a sacrifice by Lindsey Wilson and a ground out by Klumpp, and the Mocs sent Shannon Reilly to the plate as a pinch-hitter. The freshman hit a high chopper on the infield that almost got over the head of Britney Purser, but the Lynn third baseman went high to grab it and threw to first in time for the final out of the inning.
- The Mocs got another leadoff walk to start the bottom of the sixth, this one from Bell, and this time got the run home along with two more. They eventually loaded the bases after an error allowed Jessica Trana to reach and Alex Mace singled with two out. Sheffield, who was Lynn's starting pitcher in game one, then hit Deuberry to force in the tying run, which kept the bases full for pinch-hitter Alli Carroll. Though she didn't get a hit or even an RBI on the play, Carroll did the job, reaching safely on an error as pinch-runner Ashlyn Worcester and Kensie Green came in to score.
- Ehlers finished out the game to earn her third win of the season, improving to 3-3. The junior officially pitched 3.0 scoreless innings after taking over for Beacham, scattering three hits, striking out two and walking one. Sheffield fell to 2-4 with the loss but did not give up an earned run. She held the Mocs to four hits in 5.2 innings with two strikeouts and five walks. Francais Olexa pitched the final 1.1 innings, gave up one hit and struck out one.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Game two looked as if it would be a slugfest with the score already tied 3-3 in the middle of the second inning. The Mocs scored in the top of the first when Klumpp led off the game with a single and came all the way around from first on a 2-out single by Green. The Knights came right back in the bottom of the first when three of their first four batters reached base against Kelli Gault, which included an RBI double by Karolina Flores and a 2-run homer by Elizabeth Diaz.
- Weldon, who was in the lineup as the Mocs' designated player, came in to pitch for Gault after the home run, and despite giving up a hit and a walk as the first inning continued, she got out of trouble with a pair of strikeouts. The Knights also left two on base in both the second and third with two walks and two hit batters, as Weldon again worked out of trouble.
- With Weldon keeping the Knights off the board, Florida Southern was able to come from behind and take the lead halfway through the game. Mace doubled leading off the top of the second and scored on a base hit by Wilson, and Wilson later tied the game when she came home when Bell singled sharply through the right side of the infield. In the top of the fourth, the Mocs were helped by consecutive infield singles from Wilson and Klumpp before an RBI double by Trana put them ahead 4-3.
- The Mocs added another run in the sixth when Klumpp tripled into the right field corner and scored on Bell's sacrifice fly. Weldon then put the game out of reach with her 2-run blast over the left field fence in the top of the seventh.
- Beacham, meanwhile, took total control of the game when she relieved Weldon in the pitcher's circle in the bottom of the fourth. Weldon had walked Olexa to start that inning, but the Knights never touched Beacham. Starting with a sacrifice bunt by Victoria Rios, she retired all 12 batters she faced, all of them either infield outs or strikeouts. That gave Weldon the win, her first of the season, and Beacham her second save.
- Lynn also used three pitchers in the game, starting with Allyson Jameston before using Olivia Saviskas and Olexa. The Mocs had six hits and three runs off Jameston in 2.0 innings, one run on five hits off Saviskas in 2.2 innings, and three runs on three hits off Olexa in 2.1 innings. Olexa had the only strikeouts or walks for Lynn pitching with one apiece. Saviskas took the loss, falling to 2-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to two hits, two walks, and the bases-loaded HBP, Deuberry had an impressive day in the field. In game one, the junior shortstop took a hit away from Arenson by fielding a ground ball in the hole. She later took a throw from Flodman on the run, and reached back to tag Arenson who was attempting to steal third. She saved her best play for the final inning in game two, diving into the hole again to catch a low line drive by Flores.
- The Moccasins had a season-high 14 hits in game two which included three by Klumpp, and two apiece by Weldon, Deuberry, and Wilson. Flodman reached twice in that game with a single and a walk, and all nine Moccasin starters had at least one hit.
- Klumpp had four hits in the doubleheader and Mace had three hits and a walk. Bell hit safely in both games to extend her hitting streak to 14 games.
- Beacham has allowed only two runs in her last six appearances covering 23.0 innings (a 0.61 ERA). She's given up 13 hits and four walks with 20 strikeouts during that span. Ehlers is 3-2 with a 0.88 ERA in conference play.
- Florida Southern has now received wins from all four members of the pitching staff.
- The Moccasins did not commit an error in the 3-game series.
- Florida Southern is now 11-1-1 in its last 13 games in Boca Raton, and 49-19-1 all-time against the Knights on any field.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Lynn resume their series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.