AUBURNDALE – Florida Southern held a 2-0 lead in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader and was up 1-0 in the second, but saw Lynn come from behind in each of them with go-ahead runs in the sixth inning to come away with 3-2 and 2-1 wins over the Moccasins. That allowed the Knights (8-5, 5-1 Sunshine State Conference) to take two-of-three in the series with the Moccasins (8-5, 4-2).
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Lynn pitcher Katelyn Key retired the first eight Florida Southern batters of the game before Desirae Klumpp legged out an infield single to give the Mocs their first hit and base runner. Shannon Bell followed with another single and Erica Morrissey brought both of them home with a double to the fence in left. A diving catch by Lynn leftfielder Leanne Wright took a hit away from Zierra Flodman and kept it a 2-0 game at the end of the third inning.
- The Knights tied the game with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth, an inning that started with a walk by Shayle Arenson. Sara Vazquez bunted her into scoring position and reached safely when the ball was bobbled for an error, giving the Knights a pair of base runners. Another sacrifice bunt by Elizabeth Diaz pushed Arenson and Vazquez to second and third, and they came home to score on consecutive RBI singles by Fran Olexa and Mackenzie Wyatt.
- With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth, Erin Sundook was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on an infield single by Arenson. Vazquez then put down her second bunt of the game, one that was good enough for a hit, but with the throw and the runner arriving at the first base bag at the same time, the ball was deflected toward the outfield, allowing Sundook to score from second.
- After Lynn took the lead, Florida Southern put runners on in both its half of the sixth inning and the seventh but left them stranded. In the sixth it was a one-out single by Leah Pemberton, and the seventh it was a one-out walk by Klumpp.
- Key picked up the win for Lynn to improve her record to 3-1. Going the distance, Key allowed two runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.
- Kristen Beacham also pitched a complete game for Florida Southern, giving up just one earned run on eight hits (three of them infield singles) while striking out three and walking three. She fell to 3-2 on the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS IN GAME ONE:
- Klumpp had a perfect game at the plate with two hits and one walk. Morrissey also had two hits for the Moccasins, going 2-for-4 with her two RBI. The double was Morrissey's fifth of the season after she led the SSC in that category last year with 16.
- Pemberton was involved in 11 of the 21 outs on defense for Florida Southern with seven putouts and four assists at her second base position.
- Olexa and Wyatt each had two of Lynn's eight hits at the top of the lineup.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The Moccasins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning of game two on an RBI single by Pemberton. That was the third of three straight one-out singles by the Moccasins, with Bell scoring the run and Morrissey's hit advancing her to second.
- The Knights were held without a hit by the combination of Brandi Jones and Kelli Gault until Olexa singled up the middle with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Gault then walked Wyatt and a ground out by Wright moved both runners into scoring position for cleanup hitter Karolina Flores, who also hit a ground ball but this one was thrown wide of the first base bag as two runs crossed the plate for a 2-1 Lynn advantage.
- Just as they did in game one Saturday, the Moccasins had base runners in the bottom of the sixth and seventh but were unable to get them across. The Mocs got a 2-out single from Alex Mace in the sixth and a one-out single from Bell in the seventh. Each of those players recorded three hits in the game for Florida Southern, which despite the loss out-hit Lynn 8-1.
- Lynn freshman Kayla Sheffield, an Auburndale native, pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only the one run on eight hits with no strikeouts and one walk. She's now 2-2 on the season.
- Gault fell to 4-1 though she did not allow an earned run in her two innings of work. She struck out two and walked two.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS IN GAME TWO:
- Jones pitched the first five innings for Florida Southern and did not allow a hit while striking out one and walking two. The only hit off Gault, the sixth-inning single by Olexa, never made it off the infield dirt where it was fielded near the edge of the outfield behind second base.
- Bell had her third 3-hit game of the season and Mace had her second. Bell also walked once in her four trips to the plate.
- The Moccasin pitching staff allowed only three earned runs and 15 hits in the 3-game series.
- Florida Southern will be on the road next weekend for another conference series at Rollins. Game one is Friday night at 7:00, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:00.