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Florida Southern Opens DII National Tournament with 8-0 Win Over Le Moyne

NCAA Division II Championship Coverage 

Florida Southern scored all eight runs with two outs as the Moccasins knocked off Le Moyne 8-0 in five innings in the opening game of the 2006 NCAA Division II Softball Championship. 

The Mocs plated six in the opening inning as Ashley Alpizar walked and Sarah Kohlbrenner singled before scoring on Natalie Lang’s infield single that was thrown away at first base. 

“I’m proud of our team,” Florida Southern head coach Chris Bellotto said. “They came out focused and ready to play. We put the ball in play when we needed to and got good pitching and defense; that’s what it takes to go to the next level.” 

Angela Williams followed with a single, and Leah English capped the six-run opening frame with a two-run blast over the left field fence. 

“I was just trying to be relaxed and not let any good pitches get by me,” English said. “Sarah (Reed) is a good pitcher, and I was just fortunate to get a good pitch I could hit. I knew I was going to have to work to get a good pitch to hit.” 

Lang capped her 2-for-3, 3 RBI day with a two-out single in the second that scored Kohlbrenner and moved Jackie Leppla to third. Lang, who scored half of the team’s eight runs, helped plate the Mocs final run as she got caught in a rundown between first and second that allowed Leppla to score. 

The runs were all Megan Brown would need as the second team Louisville Slugger/NFCA all-American hurled three innings and allowed two hits with three strikeouts in the winning effort. Stacey Bronson pitched the final two frames, allowing just a walk against the six hitters she faced. 

Sarah Reed was touched with the loss after she went two innings and gave up all eight runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking one. 

“One thing about this tournament, when you play teams like this any team can score like that,” Le Moyne head coach Ken King said. “We didn’t make a couple of plays like the error in the first inning. If we make that play, it would have been a 2-0 game. You open the doors for some teams, they take advantage of it.” 

The Mocs advance to face the winner of Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. EST game between Emporia State and Georgia College & State Friday at 5 p.m. EST, while Le Moyne will challenge the loser of that contest at Noon on Friday.