‘Ready to prove people wrong’: Moccasin softball looks to rally

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Dylan Olive
Staff Writer

Over halfway through the season, the Florida Southern College softball team is currently ranked 10th in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) with a 3-12 record.

With a 52 game schedule and three games having been canceled thus far, the team has accumulated 14 wins and 18 losses this season. There are 17 games left, 11 are home games at Chris Bellotto Field and six are away games.

The team is slated to finish ninth in the SCC based on how the preseason went. In the official 2021 season, the Mocs went 7-17 with an SSC-only schedule.

Out of the Mocs’ three conference wins, they were against Eckerd College, Florida Tech and Rollins College. The rest of the season consists of teams in the conference: Palm Beach Atlantic University, Lynn University, Saint Leo University, University of Tampa, Embry-Riddle University and Nova Southeastern University.

In their most recent series last weekend against Rollins College, the Mocs lost Friday’s game with a score of 0-8. On Sunday, the Mocs won their first game with a score of 4-3 and lost the second game with a score of 4-5.

The current highest batting leaders and their batting averages: Myah Moy (.371), Jaden Dewith (.363), Destiny Colgate (.344), Skyler Ralstin (.328) and Maddi Conner (.313).

The best-earned run average (ERA) statistics among the bullpen includes Cat Buckner with an ERA of 3, Kayla Hickey with an ERA of 3.70 and Lane Edgington with an ERA of 4.17.

There are 10 players who have a fielding average of 1.0, and seven players with a fielding average over .900, which means these players have made very minimal errors in the field if any.

“The mindset of the team has changed a lot. I think they’re very motivated to prove people wrong right now,” stated Florida Southern’s head coach Mo Triner said in an article prior to the season beginning.

This is Triner’s second season as the team’s head coach. She was a student-athlete at USF, a two-time All-American, a three-time all-Region selection and holds many top-10 records.

Before coming to FSC she was an assistant on Ken Eriksen’s staff at USF, who is the current U.S. Olympic Softball team head coach, so Triner has had experience with one of the best people you can learn from in the sport.

The Mocs’ next series is against conference competitor Palm Beach Atlantic University at Chris Bellotto Field, with the first game on Friday the 8th at 7 p.m., and on Saturday the 9th at 1 p.m. and then 3 p.m.

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