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Cathi Aradi

Florida Southern Battles Delays, Eliminates Caldwell

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Florida Southern's Stephanie Huber hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Moccasins a 1-0 win over Caldwell College at the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament. 

The teams completed four scoreless innings before a 42-minute lightning delay halted play with two Florida Southern (53-7) outs in the bottom of the fifth. Once play resumed, Krista Bradley singled up the middle to put the Moccasins in scoring position. Bradley then stole second and moved to third on a single by Jesse Shepherd. At that point, a rain delay of 29 mintues again stopped the action. When play resumed, Huber's shot to right field drove in the lone run of the game. 

Caldwell (45-7) threatened the Mocs' lead with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, as Katie Jackson singled to left field to put the Cougars' 
potential tying run on base. That was as far as she would advance, however, as the next Cougar batter grounded out to the pitcher. 

Florida Southern's Megan Brown (34-4) notched the victory in impressive fashion, holding the Cougars to just two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Corinne Reiser (27-4) took the loss for Caldwell, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out six. 

The Moccasins advance to the semifinal round on Sunday, with their opponent to be determined after the conclusion of Saturday's games.