ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Senior Brandi Jones pitched one of the best games of her career, if not the best, but ended up suffering one of the most unjust defeats a Moccasin pitcher has ever taken. Jones allowed only one hit and issued only one walk, but Newberry used the international tie-breaker to score an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand Jones and the Moccasins a 1-0, extra-inning defeat.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Jones issued a walk to Haley Wildes, the number two hitter in the Wolves' batting order, in the first inning, and a double to Natalie Willis in the third inning. The only other base runner the Wolves (3-0) had against Jones through the first seven innings came on an error to start the fourth.
- After the error in the fourth inning, Jones retired 12 straight batters before the game went to extra innings still scoreless. At that point, Kendall Tipton was placed on second to start the bottom of the eighth and the Wolves bunted her to third. Mallory Gerndt then lofted a fly ball into center that was deep enough to score Tipton with the winning run.
- Florida Southern (3-3) had runners on base in each of the first five innings, but only one in each frame. The Moccasins got two of them into scoring position, one of which was a one-out double by Zierra Flodman in the second. The second occurrence came in the fifth inning when Makayla Deuberry drew a leadoff walk and pinch-runner Jordan Sheppard took second on a wild pitch.
- The Moccasins had two base runners in the sixth courtesy of two Newberry errors but stranded both of them. The seventh inning marked the only time the Mocs did not have a runner on base when Newberry pitcher Devon Morrison picked up three strikeouts for the Wolves.
- The Mocs had a chance to score first in extra innings when they too had a runner placed at second to start the eighth. But after Shannon Bell bunted Erin Klein to third, the Mocs were unable to get her in. Following a walk to Desirae Klumpp, Morrison got an out on a fielder's choice and a strikeout to close out the inning.
- Morrison got the win for Newberry by pitching 4.0 scoreless innings of relief after replacing starter Emily Marchbanks. Now 2-0 on the season, Morrison did not allow a hit, struck out seven and walked two. Marchbanks gave up two hits in her 4.0 innings, striking out one and walking one.
- Jones fell to 0-2 despite giving up only one hit and one walk. She added six strikeouts to her pitching line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jones became the first Florida Southern pitcher this season to strike out the side when she did that in the fourth inning. The Wolves had put their first hitter of the inning on base with an error, and pinch-runner Tori Caldwell eventually stole second, but three straight batters went down swinging, the last of which came with Caldwell in scoring position.
- Jones was also the starting pitcher the last time the Moccasins went to extra innings locked in a scoreless tie. That was February 27, 2015 at Eckerd, a game the Tritons won 1-0 in 12 innings.
- The Moccasins' last one-hitter prior to Saturday was thrown by Chelsea Oglevie in 2013 against Palm Beach Atlantic, a game the Mocs won 8-0 in five innings. The last time the Mocs had a 7-inning (or longer) one-hitter was Christine Clark's perfect game against Florida Tech on April 21, 2011, a 1-0 win by the Moccasins.
- The last time a Moccasin pitcher lost a game in which she allowed one hit or less was the season opener in 2007. In that game, All-American Megan Brown tossed a no-hitter at Valdosta State but the Blazers used a hit batter, passed ball and an error to score their only run. That remains the only time Florida Southern has lost a no-hitter, though Florida Southern has also won a game in which it was no-hit.
- Newberry has not allowed a run in its first three games this season, with Morrison and Marchbanks allowing just four hits between them.
Florida Southern will play its final game in St. Augustine later this afternoon against Georgia Southwestern, with first pitch scheduled for approximately 1:15 p.m.