MELBOURNE, FL – Shannon Bell set a Florida Southern record with her fourth 4-hit game of the season as part of a 10-hit effort by the Moccasins in the opener, but Florida Tech's pitching kept them from scoring in both games as the Panthers swept the doubleheader, 3-0 and 4-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Both teams had four hits through the first three innings, but Florida Tech used theirs to score two runs, both of which came in the bottom of the third on a double by Makayla Palmer. That followed two earlier singles by Xiarysse Emerenciana and Jessica Callahan.
- Florida Tech (29-18, 13-11 Sunshine State Conference) added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth after a leadoff single by Ally Carver and a sacrifice bunt by Rachel Kraak put a runner in scoring position. It took three more batters, but the Panthers got Carver home with a two-out infield single by Makayla Wessel that proved to be the final run of the game.
- The Panthers did have two more scoring chances, but relief pitcher Kristen Beacham left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth following a single, error, and a walk, before stranding two more in the sixth after a single and another error. The second situation involved a run-down between third base and home plate in which Beacham started the play by fielding a ground ball hit back to the pitcher's circle.
- The Moccasins (23-18, 10-17) collected 10 hits off the combination of McKenzie Krutsinger and Melanie Murphy, and had another base runner on an error, but stranded 10 and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They had at least one hit in every inning, with two hits in the third, fifth, and seventh. One runner was caught stealing in the third, and the Mocs lost another chance to score when Florida Tech shortstop Shanysse Emerenciana went deep in the hole to what would have been an RBI single away from Zierra Flodman and throw her out at first.
- Of Florida Southern's 10 hits, seven came from the top two hitters in the lineup. Leadoff batter Desirae Klumpp went 3-for-4, and Bell went 4-for-4. The Mocs also got two hits from Makayla Deuberry and one from Kensie Green. The four-hit game by Bell was her team-record fourth of the season, breaking a mark previously held by SSC Hall of Famer member Shelly Davis. Davis had three four-hit games for the Moccasins in both 1993 and 1994.
- Krutsinger earned the win for Florida Tech by holding the Mocs scoreless for the first 4.1 innings as she scattered seven hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk. That improved her record to 8-7. Murphy went the final 2.2 innings to complete the Panthers' 13th shutout of the season. She gave up three hits with one strikeout and no walks while picking up her third save.
- Jenna Weldon's record dropped to 4-4 for Florida Southern, going the first 3.1 innings in the circle and allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Beacham went the final 2.2 innings with three hits allowed, one strikeout and one walk.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Murphy took the ball as Florida Tech's starting pitcher in game two and tossed a complete game shutout by spacing out six hits, walking no one and striking out two Moccasin batters. That gave the junior a personal six-game winning streak, her sixth shutout, a 0.98 ERA, and a 15-7 record for the season as the Panthers won their seventh straight game. She pitched a total of 16.2 innings in the series and allowed only one run.
- The Panthers scored their first runs on one swing of the bat by first baseman Rachel Kraak in the bottom of the second inning. Following a two-out walk to Carver, Kraak went deep to left center for her first home run of the season.
- The Panthers' other two runs came in the fifth inning on a two-out error, and an RBI single by Palmer after Callahan was hit by a pitch.
- Kelli Gault allowed only two earned runs in 5.0-plus innings of work but fell to 6-8 with the loss. She allowed four total runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Aubrey Ehlers relieved her with one on and none out in the sixth inning and got three straight outs to keep the score where it was.
- Florida Southern's six hits in game two came from six different players, with Bell, Klumpp, and Deuberry on that list. That gave Bell five hits in the doubleheader, Klumpp four, and Deuberry three. The other hits in game two came from Green, Jessica Trana, and Lindsey Wilson. The Mocs, however, had one runner caught stealing, one picked off second, and another thrown out going to second on a base hit.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to her four four-hit games this season, Bell, who is now hitting .437, had one last year as a junior for a career total of five. The only other Moccasin with more than three four-hit games in her career is Shelly Davis with nine from 1993-96.
- Bell (5-for-10) and Deuberry (3-for-6) each hit .500 in the series for the Moccasins. The Panthers were led by Palmer's .556 average (5-for-9), with Palmer also hitting three doubles and driving in four runs. Florida Tech only had three more hits than Florida Southern in the three-game series.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern travels to St. Augustine on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Flagler.