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.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Moccasins (27-21, 12-18 Sunshine State Conference) scored their early after putting three runners on base with two out in the top of the first inning. It could have been even more if not for a hit-saving catch by Nova right fielder Megan Maloney against Shannon Bell. Instead, Jessica Trana's two-out single was their first base runner and a walk by Zierra Flodman moved her to second. Jenna Weldon then singled to right, bringing Trana in to score.
- The Sharks tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second, using a one-out walk by Daniela Bautista to do it. Bautista took second when left fielder Desirae Klumpp had to go deep into the corner in foul territory to catch a ball hit by Keeley Mayers, and was able to score on a softly hit single by Dominique Sprengers that dropped into short left.
- The Sharks (21-28, 10-20) snapped the 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, which started with a double by Mayers and a single by Maloney. A squeeze bunt by Kayla Kight brought in Mayers, and an error on the play allowed Maloney to reach third. That put her in position to score the next run when Makayla Deuberry made another of her impressive defensive plays this season. On a ball hit up the middle, the junior shortstop managed to avoid one base runner cutting in front of her, went to the ground to field the ball, and from her knees threw out Kailynn Blackwood by half a step.
- Florida Southern had scoring chances in the sixth and seventh innings on doubles by Weldon and Alex Mace but was unable to score again against Lexie Storrer. The sophomore pitcher went the distance and allowed six hits with one walk and one strikeout. That improved her record to 15-23. After Weldon's single with two out in the first inning, Storrer retired 12 in a row before Lindsey Wilson legged out an infield single with two out in the fifth.
- Kristen Beacham, who held the Sharks to one hit in a 4-1 win on Saturday, took the ball again for Florida Southern and gave up three runs (two earned) on just three hits. Weldon pitched the sixth inning and gave up one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Storrer pitched all three games for Nova Southeastern and led the league with 37 complete games this season, or every game that she started. She also pitched every inning for the Sharks in their last 13 games.
- The Moccasins had only 10 complete games this season, their fewest in team history. Their previous low was 18, which happened two years ago, though complete games have been declining nationwide. They also had all four of their pitchers win at least five games. The only other time four Moccasin pitchers have had at least five wins apiece was the 1993 national championship team: Katy Cortelyou (16), Tonya Regoli (14), Julie Hansen (10), and Jana Merten (5). The pitching staff also had 10 shutouts this season, the most for Florida Southern in six years, and the team ERA and opponents' batting average was also the best for the pitching staff since 2012.
- At .407 (61-for-150), Bell is the first Moccasin since Brittany Martin in 2011 to hit over .400 (among qualifying batters). Martin hit .417 (60-for-144) that season. Her .512 batting average with runners in scoring position is the best for any Moccasin since that statistic has been tracked beginning in 2000.
- The Moccasins increased their extra-base hit total from 43 last year (in 41 games) to 77 this year (in 48 games). The last time they had more than that was 2012 when they had 92 in 57 games.
- Beacham led the Mocs this year with a 1.65 ERA, the best for a Moccasin since Christine Clark's 0.89 in 2012.