Five-Run First Gives Embry-Riddle 5-0 Win Over Florida Southern

Sydney Koch
Sydney Koch

DAYTONA BEACH – With all of the scoring done in one inning, and nearly all of that with one swing of the bat, Embry-Riddle rode a grand slam by Haleigh Lewis and a 3-hit shutout by Kassidy Simons for a 5-0 win over Florida Southern Friday night.

Embry-Riddle (13-6) did its scoring in the bottom of the first inning, and the Eagles' only hit in that frame was the grand slam by Lewis, the #6 hitter in the lineup. The Eagles had already scored one run before that when leadoff hitter Anna Battison walked, stole second and came home on a throwing error. Two walks followed the error and Lewis cleared the bases with her blast over the leftfield fence.

That turned out to be the only scoring in the game as Florida Southern junior pitcher Hannah Loyer and Embry-Riddle Simons matched zeroes the rest of the way, with freshman Jessica Trana coming on to pitch the sixth inning for the Moccasins.

The Moccasins (8-10-1) were held without a hit by Simons until senior first baseman Maggie Roberts singled into center with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Their only other hits came from junior Sydney Koch who doubled with two out in the sixth, and freshman Zierra Flodman who singled with one out in the seventh.

The Mocs' best chance to score came in the seventh when Flodman singled and Roberts was hit by a pitch right behind her. Simons kept her shutout intact though by getting a force out at second and a strikeout to end the game. Her second shutout of the season came with a career-high 13 strikeouts and one walk as the freshman improved to 5-1.

Loyer fell to 1-4 by pitching the first five innings. She gave up only four hits and struck out seven batters but did issue eight walks. Ultimately, the only walks that scored though were those issued in the first inning as Loyer blanked the Eagles after that.

Florida Southern and Embry-Riddle wrap up their series Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.