MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern scored two runs in the top of eighth inning to come back from a 2-1 deficit and defeat Florida Tech, 3-2, in game one of a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader here Saturday at the Andy Seminick/Les Hall Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE)
- Cody Burgess led off the first inning with a homer run off FIT starter Tyler Deel, tying him with Mitch Reeves for the team lead with six home runs.
- Florida Tech tied the game in the fourth as Dan Szpik, Ryan Sinzenich, and Nick Capra all hit consecutive singles off Moccasin starter Jake Walsh. James Groeberg grounded out to first to plate Szpik with the tying run, but after issuing a walk to load the bases, Walsh recovered to record back-to-back outs to end the rally.
- The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth as Reid Neal led off with a double to left center and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Szpik.
- Florida Southern grabbed the lead back in the eighth as Jason Sierra singled with one out off closer Drew Byer and Omar Villaman doubled to put runners at second and third. Sierra scored on a infield ground out by Logan Browning to tie the score while Austin Mauer singled in Villaman for the 3-2 FSC lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improves to 13-6 on the season and 2-3 in the SSC while Florida Tech drops to 13-7 over and 0-2 in the league. The win is the Moccasins' fifth in a row.
- The Moccasins run their series record against Florida Tech to 98-30 overall and 41-19 in games played in Melbourne. The game one win was FSC's sixth in a row in the series.
- Jake Walsh got the win for the Moccasins, working 7.0 innings and holding the Panthers to a pair of runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Craig Savage tossed a 1-2-3 eighth while Cameron Hanes picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
- Florida Southern returns home to face Ohio Dominican Monday at 6 p.m. at Henley Field. The Moccasins will then host Embry-Riddle for a three-game series on March 17-18, starting with a single game Friday at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.