DAYTONA BEACH – After Embry-Riddle took Saturday's first game by the score of 9-1, Jenna Weldon hit a game-tying two-run homer in game two to send that one to extra innings, but the Eagles scored in the bottom of the eighth to complete the sweep and down Florida Southern 4-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Florida Southern (19-10, 6-9 Sunshine State Conference) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Desirae Klumpp singled to start the game, moved to second on a walk and scored on a base hit up the middle by Zierra Flodman. Embry-Riddle (22-6, 12-3) answered in the bottom of the second after loading the bases on a hit batter, a single, and a walk. Mackie Chandler got the run in by slapping a two-out single just over the head of a leaping Makayla Deuberry and into left field.
- The Moccasins had the first opportunity to break the 1-1 tie when Klumpp singled and Shannon Bell doubled with one out in the top of the third. Eagles' pitcher Jayla Jackson got a pair of infield pop-ups though to end the threat.
- When the Eagles had a chance to break the tie in the bottom of the third, they did so after a bunt single by Eryn Chester and base hit by Kailah Rain put their first two hitters on base. Rain stole second, and Moccasin pitcher Jenna Weldon almost got out of trouble, but Peqe Lopez blooped a double down the line in short left, bringing in both Chester and Rain to make it 3-1.
- The Eagles used three singles to score again in the top of the fourth, the last of them coming from Rain to drive in Chandler for a 4-1 lead. One inning later, they blew the game open with four runs on three hits, one walk, and two Moccasin errors. The big blow was a two-run double by Maggie Scott. The Eagles then ended the game in the bottom of the sixth, using Mariana Pereira's leadoff single and stolen base, and a throwing error to put a runner at third for Lopez. Her fly ball to center was deep enough to score Pereira with the final run.
- Jackson went the distance for Embry-Riddle, giving up one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Klumpp had two of the seven hits, and Bell had one of the hits and the lone walk.
- Weldon suffered her first loss of the season after four wins, giving up four runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings. She struck out six and walked one. Kristen Beacham and Aubrey Ehlers finished the game, but none of the five runs they allowed were earned. The Eagles had 12 hits off the three Moccasin pitchers (five of them were infield single), with Scott, Rain, Lopez, and Chandler all picking up two. Lopez drove in three of their nine runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The Moccasins again scored first in the nightcap, getting a double from Bell and an RBI single from Jessica Trana in the top of the first inning. The Eagles, however, tied it in their half of the first on an RBI single from Katy Thompson after Rain had received a two-out walk and an error kept the inning alive.
- One inning later, in the bottom of the second, Embry-Riddle took the lead when Scott tripled into the right-centerfield gap. That drove in Lisa Hop and Chester who had reached on infield singles.
- Neither team scored again until Weldon hit a game-tying 2-run homer with one out in the top of the sixth. The freshman, who was playing third base in game two, came up with Flodman on base following a single and belted one over the fence in left for her team-leading third home run of the season.
- Both teams had runners in scoring position in the seventh inning, and Florida Southern had second and third with one out. Both Moccasins got there after Embry-Riddle errors, including Bell who was simply trying to sacrifice Klumpp to second. Klumpp was thrown out trying to score when the ball got past catcher Katy Thompson, and Ilona Andringa got a strikeout to end the top of the seventh. The Eagles then left Chandler at second after an infield hit.
- Weldon came up with another big hit in the top of the eighth, but the Mocs left her at second as Andringa got another strikeout to keep them from scoring. In the bottom of the eighth, Thompson beat out a slow grounder to short for yet another infield hit, and after failing to put a bunt down, Lopez singled into left to put runners at first and second. Deuberry then turned a sharp double play when she fielded a ground ball hit by Destiny Carroll, tagged Thompson running in front of her, and threw to first in time for the second out. The Eagles, however, got Lopez in when Hop hit a sinking line drive into left-center that fell just in front of Bell for the game-winning hit. It was the third hit of the game for the Embry-Riddle second baseman.
- That made a winner of Andringa, who threw a complete game while giving up three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. She's now 14-5 on the season. Bell and Weldon each had two of the seven hits against Andringa.
- Kelli Gault, who is now 6-5, also went the distance for Florida Southern, giving up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits with no strikeouts and two walks. Of the 11 hits Gault allowed, six were infield singles.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- 11 of Embry-Riddle's 23 hits in the doubleheader, and 14 of 30 in the series were infield singles.
- All four of Embry-Riddle's runs in game two were scored with two out.
- Weldon and Flodman both went 4-for-9 with two RBI in the series and hit safely in all three games.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern returns home to face Trinity Baptist in a doubleheader Tuesday night at 6 p.m.