LAKELAND – Jordan Alexander was a key part of two seventh-inning comeback wins on Wednesday night, but Friday night the senior catcher/outfielder was a big part of an offense that started scoring early and continued scoring late. With the Moccasins' leadoff hitter going 4-for-6 with two walks, four runs, two RBI, and three stolen bases, Florida Southern swept Colorado Christian in a doubleheader, winning 4-1 and 10-5.
Two nights earlier, the Moccasins (now 4-2) had a pair of walk-off wins against Spring Hill, marking the first time in 15 years they won both ends of a doubleheader with that type of ending. Friday, the Moccasins led game one 3-0 after three innings before overcoming a 4-1 deficit in game two by scoring three in the fourth to tie, and five in the fifth to take the lead. Alexander walked and scored the Mocs' second run in the opener and later doubled in their final run. She then opened game two with an inside-the-park home run and came around to score two more times before the night was done, each time stealing her way into scoring position.
The Moccasins also got two RBI apiece from freshmen Zierra Flodman, Jessica Trana, and Makayla Deuberry in game two as they hit double digits on the scoreboard for the first time since a 14-8 win over Ohio Dominican on March 15, 2014. Alexander, Deuberry, senior Maggie Roberts, and junior Erin Klein all hit safely in both games Friday, and the Moccasins got wins in the pitcher's circle from juniors Brandi Jones and Hannah Loyer.
The Moccasins scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the second inning of game one when junior Sydney Koch walked, stole second, took third on a single by Deuberry, and came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ashlyn Worcester. They added two more in the third when Alexander walked and Roberts doubled, with both runners crossing the plate on a Colorado Christian error.
Alexander then gave the Mocs their final run of the game when she doubled in Annemarie Tracey, who was running for Worcester after a single in the bottom of the sixth.
Jones allowed no runs on four hits through the first six innings, but 7th-inning infield singles by Hailey Riesenmy and Jennie Winston led to an RBI single by pinch-hitter Michaela Barr that broke up the shutout. Of the seven hits the Cougars (1-7) had against Jones, three were of the infield variety, and another was a big bouncing ground ball that was too high for third baseman Erica Morrissey to field. Jones had five strikeouts and no walks, and the complete game 4-1 win upped her record to 2-1.
The first inning of game two saw Loyer strike out the side in the top of the first and Alexander start the bottom of the first with her home run. She yanked the ball down the leftfield line in front and to the right of Rylee Halenar, who tried to dive for the ball to keep it from going any further. She was unsuccessful though and when the ball rolled all the way into the corner, Alexander was able to circle the bases for the Mocs' first inside-the-park home run since current assistant coach Gianni Artidiello hit one against Columbus State in 2013 at a tournament hosted by Saint Leo. The Mocs' last home run leading off a game was hit by Karlyn Scott at Palm Beach Atlantic in 2012.
The Cougars were able to take a 4-1 lead with four runs in the top of the third, the only inning where Loyer had any trouble at all. A Florida Southern error helped the Cougars score two of those runs though before Roberts at first and junior Katie Patterson at third helped Loyer get out of the inning by fielding a couple of hard-hit balls for the final two outs.
Loyer would go on to retire the side in order in the fourth and fifth as the Moccasins mounted their comeback. Loading the bases on a hit batter, error and a single by Flodman in the bottom of the fourth, the Mocs got all three of those runners in, with two of them scoring on sac flies by Trana and Deuberry, and another scoring on a second error in the inning.
The Mocs' 5-run fifth started when Klein legged out an infield single and was forced at second when Stephanie Tatham took a potential hit away from Alexander with a nice play at short. Alexander would then steal second and score the go-ahead run on a 2-out single by Roberts. Before the fifth inning was complete, the Mocs also got a 2-run double from Flodman, an RBI double from Trana, and an RBI single from Deuberry to make the score 9-4.
Both teams scored an unearned run after that in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh to account for the final 10-5 margin.
Loyer (now 1-1) picked up the win by pitching the first five innings and allowing four runs (only two earned) on three hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk. Koch pitched the final two innings and gave up the unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Tana Feiner, who pitched a complete game for Colorado Christian in the opener, took the loss in relief in game two, falling to 1-4.
Florida Southern will be at home again on Tuesday night when it hosts 4-time Canadian National Champion Western Ontario in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.