MIAMI SHORES – After being held without a hit through the first three innings Friday night, the Florida Southern bats awoke in the middle innings and the Moccasins ended up out-hitting the Buccaneers 7-6. However, two Barry runs in the bottom of the third and one more in the bottom of the sixth gave the Bucs a 3-1 win over the Mocs in the opener of their three-game series.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Barry (12-15, 5-5 Sunshine State Conference) scored its third-inning runs following a leadoff single by Sam Busekrus. She was later erased on a fielder's choice ground out by leadoff batter Cheyanne Head, who then stole second to put herself in scoring position for Alayna Gallagher. The Buccaneer leftfielder hit a soft blooper into short left center that brought Head in for the Bucs' first run and Gallagher was able to take second on the throw to the plate. She came home to score on a double by Lynsey Duncan.
- Florida Southern (13-11, 4-6) put together its first scoring threat in the top of the fourth when Zierra Flodman and Jessica Trana delivered back-to-back one-out singles. Barry pitcher Christie Falcon survived though by getting a pair of infield pop-ups to leave them stranded.
- Florida Southern halved the Barry lead in the top of the sixth following a leadoff single by Erica Morrissey who moved to third on a pair of ground outs. Leah Pemberton drove her in with an opposite field single into right, making it a 2-1 game.
- The Buccaneers got that run back in the bottom of the sixth, however, benefitting from another bloop hit into short left center. This one came off the bat of Jasmine Harris, with the ball falling just out of the reach of four Moccasins who were giving pursuit. With second base uncovered, the play resulted in a short double for Harris. Two batters later a fly ball Maddy VonHagel brought in Harris to push the Bucs' lead back to two.
- In the top of the seventh the Moccasins picked up two more hits, the first of which came from Donna Ryan with one out. After Falcon got the second out of the inning, Shannon Bell beat out a ground ball to short for an infield single but Ryan was thrown out going to third, ending the game.
- Falcon improved to 3-8 with the win, allowing only the one run on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks.
- Brandi Jones fell to 2-5 with the loss, also pitching a complete game for the Moccasins. She gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Florida Southern's seven hits came from seven different players with Bell, Morrissey, Flodman, Trana, Pemberton, Ryan and Desirae Klumpp all picking up one apiece.
- The only player who had two hits for Barry was Head.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Barry will play again Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.