DAVIE, FL – A pair of RBI singles by Shannon Bell, including one in the top of the ninth inning, helped bring Florida Southern back from a 3-0 deficit for a 5-3 extra-inning win in game one, and Kristen Beacham tossed a one-hitter in game two as the Moccasins took two from Nova Southeastern on Saturday, 5-3 in nine innings and 4-1.
Game one was a continuation of Friday night's suspended game in which rain stopped play with one out in the top of the second before either team had a base runner. The Moccasins (27-20, 12-17 Sunshine State Conference) fell behind 3-0 after four innings in that one but came back behind Bell's three RBI, three hits by Desirae Klumpp, and 2.1 scoreless innings of relief from Jenna Weldon.
Game two saw the Moccasins fall behind 1-0 when the only hit allowed by Beacham came around to score in the bottom of the fourth, but a four-run sixth inning gave them the win, as Bell drove in the tying run and Jessica Trana's RBI double gave them the lead.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Both teams ended up with doubles in the second, the Moccasins getting theirs from Kensie Green and the Sharks (20-29, 9-20) getting theirs from Alex Suzuki, but the Sharks turned their double into a run. A bunt by Daniela Bautista moved her to third, and when Moccasin right fielder Lindsey Wilson made a diving catch down the line in right against Keeley Mayers, Suzuki tagged at third and came home with the first run of the game.
- The Sharks added to their lead with two more in the bottom of the fourth when Bautista and Mayers led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Aubrey Ehlers, who had entered in relief of Kelli Gault to start the third inning, got the next two batters, but a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, and Kyla Kight delivered a single into right that scored both of them.
- Only a few minutes after falling behind by three runs, the Moccasins tied the game with three in the top of the fifth. Alex Mace started the rally with a one-out single, Wilson walked behind her, and Klumpp singled to load the bases. Bell then singled into the gap in left center, driving in Mace and Wilson, and sending Klumpp to third. When Trana grounded out to second, Klumpp came in with the tying run. The Mocs could have taken the lead after that when Zierra Flodman hit one up the middle, but Bautista went to the ground from her second base position, kept it on the infield and threw Flodman out at first.
- Flodman got a measure of revenge in the bottom of the sixth when she threw out Mayers attempting to steal following a leadoff walk. There were two other times between the fifth and seventh innings in which Nova Southeastern successfully got a runner into scoring position, but each time she was stranded at second. The second time was a double by Lexie Storrer with two out in the bottom of the seventh, prompting another pitching change by head coach Chris Bellotto. Weldon moved from third base to the pitcher's circle at that point and got Dana Edmundson on a ground ball to second.
- After leaving a pair of runners on base in the top of the eighth, the Moccasins broke the tie in the ninth. Klumpp led off the inning with her third hit of the game and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Bell to deep left. Two batters later, Flodman singled to left, driving in Bell for a 5-3 lead.
- Nova Southeastern threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the inning after a pair of walks, but the Moccasins ended the game when Deuberry, Mace, and Trana turned a 6-4-3 double play. That made a winner of Weldon, who pitched the final 2.1 innings without allowing a hit. She struck out two and walked two as she improved to 6-4.
- Gault (2.0) and Ehlers (4.2) did most of the pitching for Florida Southern, allowing a combined three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Ehlers had four of those strikeouts.
- Lexie Storrer went the distance for Nova Southeastern, giving up five runs on 10 hits with one strikeout and two walks while throwing 145 pitches. She fell to 14-22 with the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The starting pitchers dominated the early stages of game two, as neither Storrer nor Beacham allowed a hit through the first three innings. Bell got the Moccasins' first hit with a single in the top of the fourth after Storrer had retired 10 in a row to start the game. The Sharks got their first hit from Edmundson leading off the bottom of the fourth, and the center fielder put herself in scoring position by stealing second. After moving to third on a fly ball, Edmundson scored on a groundout by Bautista, putting the Sharks ahead 1-0. They did not get another runner on base against Beacham the rest of the day as the sophomore pitcher set down the final 12 Sharks in a row.
- Held to just two hits and two base runners through the first five innings, the Moccasins had five hits and seven base runners in the top of the sixth when they scored all four of their runs. It started when Mace reached on a fielding error and was bunted to second by Annie Tracey. A single by Klumpp put runners at the corners, and Bell's single up the middle tied the score at 1-1. Trana then put one into the gap in right center, an RBI double that put the Mocs ahead 2-1. With Bell at third, Flodman's squeeze bunt made it a 3-1 game and Weldon delivered an RBI single for their final run in the big inning.
- Beacham finished off the game with two more 1-2-3 innings to improve to 9-4 on the season. She struck out four and did not issue a walk, though she did hit two batters in the first two innings. After the second one, she set down 18 of the final 19 batters she faced.
- Storrer threw her second complete game of the day, giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with no strikeouts and no walks as she fell to 14-23.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Florida Southern is now 5-0 all-time in suspended games. The Moccasins also defeated Nova Southeastern in 2012, Florida Tech in 2001 and 2014, and Saint Leo in 1990. All but the Saint Leo game ended up in extra innings.
- Klumpp has four games this season with three or more hits. She also walked once in game one Saturday, putting her on base in four of her five plate appearances. In addition to Klumpp's 3-hit game, Bell and Green each had two of Florida Southern's 10 hits in the opener. It was Bell's 15th multi-hit game of the season and Green's 10th. Bell then had her 16th multi-hit game in the nightcap while going 4-for-7 with four RBI in the doubleheader.
- Trana is now second in the SSC with 15 doubles, one behind Rollins' Chandler Middlebrook before the Tars' doubleheader on Saturday.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern wrap up the season with a single game Sunday morning at 11 a.m.