LAKELAND – Tuesday night's sweep of Ursuline was another doubleheader where all four Florida Southern pitchers had a chance to shine, but did so did several hitters at the plate. In game one, the Mocs got a combined 2-hitter from Kristen Beacham and Aubrey Ehlers, but it was a one-out RBI single by Desirae Klumpp in the bottom of the seventh that gave them a 2-1 victory over the Arrows. In game two, Kelli Gault and Jenna Weldon combined on a shutout while the Mocs got four hits apiece from Shannon Bell and Jessica Trana in a 7-0 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Florida Southern (19-7) gave Beacham an early run with which to work by scoring in the bottom of the second when Alex Mace singled in Zierra Flodman, who had doubled to start the inning. That was the first of three hits for Flodman in the game, which included singles in the fourth and sixth.
- Mace also played a major role in the seventh inning after Ursuline (2-14) had tied the score in the top of the fifth. With the game still knotted at one, Mace singled into right field just in front of Karlie Wilbur, and the Mocs had their leadoff hitter on in the seventh. After Annie Tracey replaced Mace as a pinch-runner at first, Makayla Deuberry put down a perfect sacrifice bunt and Alli Carroll followed with a single to put runners at the corners. The Arrows elected to intentionally walk pinch-hitter Ann Scios and brought the outfielders in tight with the bases loaded and one out. While the move was necessary to prevent a simple fly ball from winning the game, Klumpp got the run home anyway with a single over the head of Wilbur, bringing in Tracey with the winning run.
- The Arrows, who are nearing the end of a 17-game road trip to Florida, were held without a hit by Beacham until Gina Rosshirt singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Their next, and only other hit produced the tying run, however, when Brigitte Snow singled in Wilbur with two out in the top of the fifth. Wilbur, the number nine hitter in the lineup, had drawn a two-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.
- Beacham was lifted at the end of the sixth inning and Ehlers pitched a 1-2-3 seventh in the only inning in which her services were needed. She struck out two of the three batters she faced and got the win to improve to 4-3. Beacham ended up allowing only the one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
- Sadie Jones suffered the loss for Ursuline, falling to 0-3 while going the distance. The Moccasins had eight hits off her, with Flodman and Mace accounting for five of them. Jones did not have a strikeout and her only walk was the intentional walk to Scios in the seventh.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- The hitting stars in game two were unquestionably Bell and Trana, with the Moccasin first baseman and center fielder each going 4-for-4 to account for eight of the Mocs' 11 hits. Bell had a pair of triples and scored three runs, and Trana had a double and three RBI. That made them the first Moccasins with four hits in the same game since Lindsey Powell and Elli Howell both went 4-for-4 in a 9-4 win at West Georgia in 2009.
- The combination of Bell and Trana helped produce two runs in the bottom of the first as Bell tripled with one out and scored on a single by Trana. Flodman then doubled in Trana and the Mocs were quickly up 2-0.
- In the bottom of the third after Klumpp was hit by a pitch, Bell delivered another triple to centerfield that made it a 3-0 game, and Trana followed that with her second RBI single in as many at-bats.
- That same combination helped give Florida Southern its final three runs in the bottom of the sixth when a pitch again hit Klumpp, and Bell singled through the right side of the infield. Trana then put another hit in almost the same spot at Bell's and that got Klumpp home with the fifth run of the game. The final runs scored on a single by Weldon and a fielder's choice ground out by Mace.
- Gault pitched the first 5.2 innings for the Mocs and worked around five hits (two by Alison Hughes), including two apiece in both the second and third. She struck out three and did not issue a walk, upping her record to 6-3. Weldon moved over from third base to finish the game, got a strikeout looking to end the fifth, and another strikeout in the seventh while stranding a leadoff walk. That completed Florida Southern's league-leading ninth shutout of the season.
- Ursuline used three pitchers, and starter Gina Rosshirt took the loss to fall to 2-9 after lasting just one inning. Brooklyn Miller pitched the next four innings before Rachael Fletcher finished the game in the sixth. Miller had the only strikeout and issued three of the four walks, though she held the Mocs to two runs on five hits in four innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Florida Southern has already surpassed its win total from last year. The Moccasins have also already played 19 home games after playing just 15 during the entire 2017 season they spent in Auburndale.
- All four pitchers on the roster now have between four and six wins.
- The Moccasins not only lead the SSC with their 1.51 earned run average, they began the day ranked 10th in Division II. Four teams from the Sunshine State Conference are ranked 22nd or higher.
- Bell now has three 4-hit games this season (at USC-Aiken, and in home games against Rollins and Ursuline) and four in her career. The first came last year in a game at Eckerd. She was already the only Moccasin since 2000 to have three such games in her career, and had been the first with two in one season since Jackie Pavone in 2001. Bell also had her second game of the season with two triples.
- Trana's four hits were a career-high but it was her third game this season and fourth of her career with at least three. Her career-high three RBI in game two give her eight in the last five games.
- Klumpp turned a double play in left field with sliding catch against Rosie Lyard in the fifth inning of game two. She then popped up and threw to Trana to double up Snow at first. Klumpp has been on base with a hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch 11 times in the last five games.
- Mace has an RBI in four straight games.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern will be on the road this weekend for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Embry-Riddle. The first game is Friday at 5:30 p.m., and the final two games are part of a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.