MIAMI SHORES, FL – There was no shortage of scoring Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field with Florida Southern and Barry combining for 27 runs and 45 hits in the doubleheader. The Buccaneers, however, took both games, 8-6 and 8-5, despite big days by the Moccasins' Jessica Trana and Zierra Flodman.
Florida Southern (14-19, 6-15) led early in both games before Barry (13-28, 6-12) came back in each. Trana and Flodman each had two of the Moccasins' nine hits in game one, and then accounted for five of the team's 12 hits in game two with Trana collecting three and Flodman two.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:
- Walks and errors played big roles in all of the scoring in the first four innings. When Barry scored two in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead it came after Lynsey Duncan drew a leadoff walk, Savannah Starling singled, and both runners moved up an additional base on a wild pitch. Andrea Johnson's fly ball to left was deep enough to score Duncan and Berlin Colvin's single down the line in left brought in Starling.
- In the top of the second, Barry pitcher Peyton Rawls got the first two outs while making a diving catch herself to take a hit away from Samantha Prosser, but the next six Moccasin batters reached base, and four of them scored unearned runs to give them a 4-2 lead. That streak started with a walk by Alex Mace and a single by Flodman. Conner then bounced one through the legs of third baseman Arianna Diaz that allowed Mace to score and kept the inning alive. Kensie Green followed with a single to left center, scoring Flodman with the tying run, and when Makayla Deuberry reached on another Barry error, two more runs crossed the plate.
- The Bucs put seven of their first eight batters on base in the top of the third against two Moccasin pitchers, starter Kelli Gault and reliever Kristen Beacham. Two of those were walks, one was a hit batter, and all three either came around to score or forced in a run. Barry tied the score on back-to-back singles by Johnson and Colvin, the latter of which came on a slow roller back to Gault, with Starling just sliding under Flodman's tag at home. After Gault hit Fallon Dragich to load the bases, Beacham came in to pitch for Florida Southern but walked Jordan Petty to force in the go-ahead run. Karla Santiago followed with a two-run single to make it 7-4 before Beacham got the final two outs to end the inning.
- Florida Southern got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth with the aid of another Barry error. This one put Green on to start the inning and she was replaced by pinch-runner Taylor Davis. Davis ended up at third following a wild pitch and ground out, and scored when Deuberry hit a ground ball to short that was ruled an infield hit.
- The first run that did not involve either a walk, hit batter, or error was scored by Florida Southern in the top of the sixth, and it was an inside-the-park home run by Flodman. The senior catcher launched a pitch to deep left where Colvin gave chase but crashed into the fence before she could secure the ball. With Colvin still down on the warning track and Duncan too far away in centerfield to help, Flodman rounded the bases for her first home run of the season, bringing the Mocs within 7-6.
- Barry wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the sixth after loading the bases on an infield single by Santiago, a hit batter, and base hit by Starling. Rawls, who had moved from the pitcher's circle to third base shortly after Flodman's home run, got the run in with a single up the middle before the Mocs were retired in order in the top of the seventh.
- Rawls got the win for Barry to even her record at 1-1, and though she gave up six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings, only one of those runs was earned as the Buccaneers committee four errors behind her. Rawls struck out one and walked three. Gabby Vallee held the Mocs scoreless for 2.2 innings to earn the save, giving up one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
- Gault fell to 1-7 with the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits with no strikeouts and two walks in 2.1 innings. Beacham went the final 3.2 innings, giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME ONE:
- Flodman hit the Moccasins' second inside-the-park home run this season. Celia Higgins had the first in a game at Chris Bellotto Field against Nova Southeastern on February 16. Prior to that, Florida Southern had gone five years without one. Flodman also caught one runner stealing and picked another one off first base.
- Backup catcher Beka Schulte picked up her first hit of the season when she delivered a pinch-hit single in the top of the fifth.
- The Moccasins had four players reach base at least twice with various combinations of hits and walks: Dewith (single and a walk), Trana (two singles), Mace (two walks), and Flodman (single and home run).
- Starling, Colvin, and Santiago all had three hits for Barry, with Colvin, Santiago and Johnson all driving in two runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO:
- Florida Southern started game two with a run in the top of the first inning, stringing together three consecutive two-out singles by Higgins, Trana, and Flodman. The first two were infield singles before Flodman hit one up the middle for the RBI. The Moccasins nearly scored more, but Colvin reached over the fence in left to catch what would have been a three-run homer by Mace.
- The Buccaneers batted around in the bottom of the first when they scored four runs on six hits against Florida Southern ace Aubrey Ehlers. All six were singles, two of them never leaving the infield. Duncan and Starling had the first two hits at the top of the lineup, and three runs later scored on singles by Colvin, Taylor Randazzo, and Santiago. The first run scored when the Bucs were able to draw a throw to second on a pop-up in foul territory, which allowed Duncan to come home from third.
- Barry added two more in the bottom of the second on an RBI triple by Rawls and RBI bunt single by Johnson before Florida Southern mounted a comeback with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The first of those came in the top of the fourth when Lindsey Wilson singled and later scored on a fly ball by Green, drawing the Mocs within 6-2. An RBI double by Colvin in the bottom of the fourth that followed a pair of walks, made it 7-2, but Florida Southern came back with two in the fifth. Those runs scored after Deuberry walked and Higgins was hit by a pitch to start the inning. A single by Trana drove in Deuberry, and a sacrifice fly by Mace got Higgins home, leaving the score at 7-4.
- The Bucs stole a run back in the bottom of the fifth as part of a double steal, and after a scoreless in the sixth, the Moccasins had one more chance to tie or take the lead in the seventh. The inning had a promising start with a leadoff single by Trana and an RBI double by Mace that cut the score down to 8-5. Wilson almost gave the Mocs another hit, but shortstop Karla Santiago went into the hole and nipped her at first for the second out of the inning, and Starling made a sliding catch in right against Conner to end the game.
- Vallee pitched a complete game for Barry to move to 10-18 on the season, giving up five runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Ehlers fell to 13-9 with the loss after the Bucs got to her for six runs on nine hits in two innings. Beacham went the final four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS OF GAME TWO:
- Trana went 3-for-4 with one RBI, and Flodman was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Higgins also had two hits for the Moccasins and with a hit-by-pitch as well, reached base in three of her four plate appearances. Trana went 7-for-11 (.636) in the series with a double and three RBI. Flodman was 5-for-12 (.417) with a home run and two RBI. The Moccasins hit .347 as a team with 33 hits in what was their best offensive series of the season.
- Higgins started all three games in the series at second base, the first time she has started there this season.
- Deuberry had a single in the third inning to extend her hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Moccasin this season. Dewith also kept her hitting streak alive, now at eight games, with a single in the sixth inning.
- Barry had five players with two hits in the second game: Duncan, Rawls, Johnson, Colvin, and Santiago.
- The series featured three of the top five hitting freshmen in the SSC: Florida Southern's Celia Higgins (1st at .349), and Jadin Dewith (fourth at .318), and Barry's Savannah Starling (fifth at .313).
Florida Southern opens a three-game series at home against Saint Leo with a single game Friday night at 6 p.m.