MIAMI SHORES – Barry used a series of walks in the fourth and fifth innings to snap a 1-1 tie in game one Saturday before foiling another strong pitching performance by Brandi Jones with two sixth-inning runs in game two as the Buccaneers won both ends of the doubleheader, 9-1 and 2-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Barry (14-15, 7-5) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third after the Buccaneers' pitcher and number nine hitter, Anieliese Palmeiro, led off the inning with a single. A ground ball moved her to second from where Palmeiro stole third. After Alyana Gallagher walked to put runners at the corners, the Bucs sent Gallagher to second but Palmeiro held at third. When the throw to second was mishandled though, Palmeiro came home to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
- Florida Southern (13-13, 4-8) tied the score in the top of the fourth, using a leadoff single by Leah Pemberton and a bunt by Erica Morrissey combined with an error to push a runner to third for the first time in the game. Zierra Flodman made sure it counted by delivering a sacrifice fly that brought Pemberton in with the tying run.
- The Buccaneers broke the tie by scoring five times in the bottom of the fourth with just one hit in the inning. The Moccasins used three pitchers in the inning and the first five Barry hitters received walks. Walks by Sam Busekrus and pinch-hitter Hunter Mars forced in two runs that put Barry ahead 3-1, two more scored on a sacrifice fly by Cheyanne Head and ground out by Lynsey Duncan, and a single by Jasmine Harris drove in another run to make it a 6-1 game.
- The Bucs ended the game by the 8-run rule with three more in the bottom of the fifth, the final two of which scored on bases-loaded walks to Gallagher and Duncan that ended the game.
- Palmeiro picked up the win for Barry, improving to 4-2 by limiting the Moccasins to one unearned run on two hits. She struck out two and did not issue a walk.
- Kristen Beacham, the Moccasins' starting pitcher, fell to 5-5 with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with one strikeout and five walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Florida Southern's two hits came from Pemberton and Desirae Klumpp.
- Centerfielder Shannon Bell threw out a runner at the plate to end the bottom of the first inning for her team-leading fifth outfield assist of the season.
- The Moccasins used all four of their pitchers in the game and they combined to issue 11 walks, one short of the school record set against Saint Leo in 1995. Gallagher had three of the walks for Barry and eight other batters had one apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- In the second half of Saturday's doubleheader, Jones and Barry's Christie Falcon hooked up in a scoreless duel until the bottom of the sixth inning when Barry strung together three straight two-out hits to score the only runs of the game. Back-to-back doubles by Duncan and Harris produced the first run and an RBI single by Maddy VonHagel drove in the second one. Prior to those three consecutive hits by the Buccaneers, Jones had not allowed a hit since Gallagher and Duncan had back-to-back singles in the first inning.
- Before any runs were put on the board, both teams lined into inning-ending double plays early in the game. The Moccasins got a first-inning single from Pemberton who got doubled off the bag when Morrissey hit a hard line drive to second baseman Sam Busekrus. One inning later Florida Southern shortstop Makayla Deuberry made a leaping catch on a ball hit by Busekrus and threw back to first to double up Catie Falcon.
- The teams combined for just nine hits in the game, with Jones allowing five and Falcon allowing four. Jones fell to 2-6 despite allowing only two runs on the hits she allowed, striking out two and walking one. Falcon is now 4-8 after pitching her first shutout of the season, striking out two and walking no one in addition to the four hits allowed.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Pemberton and Flodman each had two of Florida Southern's four hits, and were the Mocs' top two hitters in the series.
- Annemarie Tracey got the start in right field and took two potential hits away from the Buccaneers. In the bottom of the first, with two out and runners at first and second, Tracey made a sliding catch on her knees in short right near the foul line to deny VonHagel. In the bottom of the third Tracey again came running in toward the infield to make a diving catch against Gallagher with a runner at second.
- Bell also made a diving catch to take a hit away from Head in the sixth inning.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern returns home for its next set of games on Friday and Saturday, March 24-25 against Saint Leo. The SSC series will feature a single game that Friday at 7 p.m., and a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.