ST. AUGUSTINE – A trio of Flagler pitchers combined to scatter eight hits and strike out 11 as the host Saints upset 7th-ranked Florida Southern, 4-1, here Wednesday at Drysdale Field on the Flagler College campus.
The loss, just the second in the last 17 games for Florida Southern, drops the Moccasins to 23-8 on the season while Flagler improves to 19-14.
Flagler took advantage of an uncharacteristically sloppy Moccasin defense, scoring a solo in the bottom of the first on three Florida Southern errors and then got a home run from James Jean to lead off the fourth inning for a 2-0 Saints lead.
Saints starter Jordan Doyle limited Florida Southern to three singles over the first four innings before allowing a lead-off double to Kevin Fuller in the fifth inning. Pablo Cabrera then hit his second single of the game while Logan Browning drew a walk to chase Doyle. Sam Machonis greeted reliever Luke Cooksey with a sacrifice fly to score Fuller for his team-leading 38th RBI on the season. Cooksey recovered to strike out the next two Moccasin batters to end the threat.
In the fifth, Flagler added a pair of runs on singles by Bobby Bassler, Dylan Jones, and Igor Baez off Florida Southern starter A.J. Smith (0-1).
Cooksey (3-1) continued to keep the Moccasin in check, allowing a single to Shawn Sanders in the sixth and a double to Machonis in the seventh for the only two Moccasins base runners in those two innings. Kevin Schackne retired six of the seven Florida Southern batters he faced in the final two frames to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Florida Southern continues its 10-game road swing with a three-game series at Rollins in Winter Park this weekend, opening with a 6 p.m. game Friday and concluding with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.