MELBOURNE, FL - Evan Barnes and Cody Burgess each had four hits and three runs batted in as Florida Southern downed Florida Tech, 12-8, in a see-saw Sunshine State Conference battle here Saturday at the Andy Semick/Les Hall Field to take the doubleheader and sweep the three-game series from Florida Tech.
The win was the Moccasins' sixth in a row and moves their overall record to 13-6 while evening their mark in the SSC to 3-3. Florida Tech drops to 13-8 overall and 0-3 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO)
- Florida Tech jumped on Moccasin starter A.J. Smith for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning, sending eight men to the plate.
- Florida Southern finally got to Panther starter Andrew Marzheuser for five runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jason Sierra, Omar Villaman, and Logan Browning all singled to load the bases to start off the inning. After a strikeout, Sierra scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Maglich. Evan Barnes then singled in Villaman while Cody Burgess also singled to plate Browning and chase Marzheuser. Pablo Cabrera was then plunked with a pitch by reliever Colin Cristello while Mitch Reeves singled to drive in Barnes and Burgess and lift the Mocs to the 5-4 lead.
- The Panthers answered with three runs on three hits in the fifth inning, leading off the frame with three straight singles, to take the lead once again, 7-5.
- The Moccasins claimed the lead once again with a three-run top of the sixth inning. Barnes led off the frame with his third hit of the game while Burgess followed with a double. Barnes scored and Burgess moved to third a passed ball, and after Cabrera walked, Mitch Reeves flew out to center field with Burgess scoring the tying run on the play. Browning then picked up his third RBI of the game, driving in Cabrera with a single to center field to lift the Moccasins to the 8-7 lead.
- Florida Southern added another big tally in the eighth, scoring four more runs off a pair of Panther hurlers. Villaman doubled in the inning while Barnes and Burgess each had two-rbi singles. For Barnes, it was his fourth hit of the contest and third run scored. Burgess matched Barnes with four hits and three RBI.
- Florida Tech pushed across one run in the bottom of the ninth for the final 12-8 score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Moccasins run their series record against Florida Tech to 99-30 overall and 42-19 in games played in Melbourne. The win in game two was FSC's seventh in a row in the series.
- Panther starter Andrew Marzheuser entered the game with a 4-0 record and a 1.65 earned run average.
- In addition to the four hits each by Barnes and Burgess, Reeves, Villaman, and Browning each had two hits a piece as the Moccasins out-hit the Panthers 16-15.
- The 16 hits marks the 10th time in the last 13 games Florida Souther has had ten or more hits.
- 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.