Sharks Put On Offensive Show in Doubleheader Sweep Over Florida Southern

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Finishing up the rescheduled series with the Florida Southern Moccasins, the Nova Southeastern softball team picked up a pair of impressive wins at the AD Griffin Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon. The team recorded 14 hits in the first game to top the Mocs, 6-2, before taking advantage of 10 hits, including a two-run home run by Juliana Speranza, to beat FSC, 8-3, in game two.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME ONE):
FINAL: Nova Southeastern Sharks 6 (W: M. Johnson, 4-2), Florida Southern Moccasins 1 (L: K. Cowart (4-2)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (10-7, 8-5 SSC), Florida Southern Moccasins (7-11, 6-9 SSC)
LOCATION: AD Griffin Sports Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
 
BOTTOM 1ST | With Alexis Smith and Sam Sisco on the corners, Tia Williams drove a ball all the way to the left center fence for a two-RBI triple. The next batter, Allie Janowiak, plated Williams with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Sharks a 3-0 first-inning edge.
 
BOTTOM 3RD | Back-to-back singles by Janowiak and Juliana Speranza put the Sharks in scoring position before an RBI-single to right center by Madison Fine scored Janowiak for a 4-0 NSU lead. A fielder’s choice drawn by the next batter, Kerstyn Shaw, caught Fine at second but allowed enough time for Speranza to score to push the score to 5-0.
 
BOTTOM 4TH | With two outs on the board, a single and a stolen base by Williams put NSU right back in scoring position, setting up Janowiak to tally her second RBI of the game with an RBI-single to left to make it 6-0 in favor of Nova Southeastern.
 
TOP 7TH | The Mocs tallied their lone run of the game in the top of the seventh, as Frankie Raeckers singled to left field to score Maddi Conner, who doubled in the at-bat prior.
 
INSIDE THE STATS:
 

  • Smith, Williams and Speranza were all 2-for-4. Smith and Speranza scored once, while Williams had two RBI and two scored runs.
  • Janowiak and Fine were both 2-for-3, as Janowiak recorded two RBI and scored once and Fine had one RBI.
  • Sisco was 1-for-4, scoring once, and Samantha Burke was 1-for-2.
  • Mikayla Johnson (4-2) earned the win, allowing one run on eight hits with two strikeouts.

 
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
 

  • The Sharks tallied 12 hits in game one, their second most of the season.
  • Williams’ triple in the first was the team’s first triple of the season. She also recorded a career-high eight assists.

 
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP (GAME TWO):
FINAL: Nova Southeastern Sharks 8 (W: M. Johnson, 5-2), Florida Southern Moccasins 3 (L: M. Rogers, 2-5)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (11-7), Florida Southern Moccasins (7-12)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
 
TOP 1ST | Florida Southern was the first to score in game two, as Lindsey Wilson singled up the middle to score Jadin Dewith for a 1-0 lead.
 
BOTTOM 1ST | The Sharks responded in the home half of the inning, taking advantage of two throwing errors by FSC’s catcher to steal the lead, 2-0. The next batter, Janowiak, singled to left field and because of an injury in the outfield, she was able to make it to second. Janowiak was brought home on the next play as Speranza doubled to center for a 3-0 NSU advantage.
 
TOP 3RD | The Mocs cut NSU’s lead to one run, 3-2, in the second as a dropped infield fly allowed Jadin Dewith to score.
 
BOTTOM 3RD | With Sisco at third, a sacrifice bunt by Janowiak plated her to bring NSU’s lead to 4-2.
 
BOTTOM 5TH | After reaching on an error and stealing second, Reece Martin was driven home on an RBI-single by Smith. After a Sisco single, Williams utilized a sacrifice fly to score Smith for a 6-2 Shark lead. Two batters later, NSU tallied their final runs of the game as Speranza sent a two-run homer straight over the centerfield fence to push their lead to 8-2.
 
TOP 6TH | Loading up the bases, the Mocs scored their last run on a fielder’s choice by Frankie Raekers.
 
INSIDE THE STATS:
 

  • Sisco tallied a team-high three hits in her four at-bats, scoring three times.
  • Speranza was 2-for-3 with three RBI, scoring once, while Smith was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Williams and Janowiak were both 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored apiece.
  • Samantha Burke was 1-for-3.
  • Johnson (5-2) picked up her second win of the day, giving up three runs (2 ER) on 10 hits.

 
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
 

  • The Sharks stole six bases in game two, a single-game season-high. Sisco had three alone, tying her season-high.

 
UP NEXT
 
The Sharks will hit the road for their first single-game matchup of the 2021 season as they compete against Saint Leo at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30.
 
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