DAYTONA BEACH – Using three runs in the first two innings, and two more runs in the later innings, Embry-Riddle rode the arm of pitcher Ilona Andringa and hits scattered all throughout the lineup to down Florida Southern 5-1 in the first of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Embry-Riddle (20-6, 10-3) put three of its first four batters on base in the bottom of the first, which started with an error. Maggie Scott immediately stole second, her league-leading 20th stolen base of the season, and when Kailah Rain hit a bouncer back to Kristen Beacham in the pitcher's circle, the Mocs attempted to throw Scott out at third but were unsuccessful. When Rain stole second, the Eagles had runners at second and third with one out, and Mariana Pereira drove both of them in with a bloop single down the line in right that fell in just off the infield dirt.
- The Eagles added to their lead in the bottom of the second with the aid of two Florida Southern errors. The first of those was a throwing error that put the first batter of the inning, Lisa Hop, on second. A bunt single by Mackie Chandler put runners at the corners, and when Chandler stole second, the throw bounced into centerfield, allowing Hop to score the third run of the game.
- The Eagles' final two runs came in the fifth and sixth innings in a similar fashion to each other. In the fifth, it was a double by Rain and a two-out hit by Katy Thompson that produced a run, and in the sixth, it was a double by Destiny Carroll and a two-out hit by Scott.
- The Moccasins (19-8, 6-7) mounted a bit of a rally in the top of the sixth when they put four hits up against Andringa, who had held them to only one hit through the first five. Desirae Klumpp had the first of those with a one-out single into left and a two-out single by Jessica Trana sent her to third. When Zierra Flodman singled sharply into the hole at short, Klumpp came in to score for the Moccasins, cutting the gap to 4-1. Jenna Weldon gave Florida Southern a third straight two-out hit, but Rain threw pinch-runner Jordan Sheppard out at the plate from left field to end the inning.
- Andringa finished the game with a 1-2-3 seventh to improve her record to 13-5. She allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Flodman had two of the Moccasins' five hits against her.
- Beacham pitched the first five innings for Florida Southern and allowed only one earned run (four total runs) on five hits. Of the five hits allowed, two were flares that dropped in just over the infield and one was a bunt single. The loss was her first of the season against five wins. She struck out two and did not issue a walk. Aubrey Ehlers pitched the sixth inning and allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout and no walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Shannon Bell lost a hit in her first at-bat when Rain raced into short left center, dove to the ground, and made a catch just off the top of the grass. Bell later had another hit taken away by right fielder Eryn Chester in the top of the sixth, this time with a sliding catch in short right.
- Klumpp returned the favor for Florida Southern in the bottom of the second with a tough play to make in short left. She made the catch, however, coming in for the ball hit in front of her, going to ground and rolling over as she held the ball for the final out of the inning. Klumpp also started the bottom of the third with a nice play, making a long running catch in foul territory just before hitting the fence.
- Bell made an impressive play of her own in the outfield. The Moccasin centerfielder made a running shoestring catch to deny Peqe Lopez in the third inning.
- Embry-Riddle pitcher Ilona Andringa had thrown a perfect game in her last outing against South Carolina-Aiken on Tuesday. Bell nearly stopped that from happening again in the top of the first, but it was Flodman who did, with a single up the middle leading off the top of the second. The Moccasins, however, nearly took her deep three times, but Weldon (second inning), Bell (fourth inning) and Alex Mace (seventh inning) all had long fly balls caught on the warning track right in front of the fence.
- Embry-Riddle's seven hits came from seven different players.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Embry-Riddle continue their doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.