ST. AUGUSTINE - A quartet of Moccasin pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as No. 19 Florida Southern blanked No. 23 Flagler in college baseball here Tuesday at Drysdale Field on the Flagler campus. The victory, the Moccasins, 14th in a row, raises the team's record to 22-6 overall while Flagler drops to 21-12.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tyler Knowles (1-0) took the hill for his first start as Moccasin and tossed five innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and a walk. The senior righthander gave up a live-drive single to Sean Lawlor to lead off the third inning for Flagler's only base hit until the seventh inning. Knowles retired the last nine batters he faced in order.
- The Moccasins scored the only run of the game in the top of the first as Cody Burgess led off the contest with a single to center field. After moving to second when Mitch Reeves drew a one-out walk, Burgess scored one out later on a single to right field by Omar Villaman.
- Florida Southern was held in check by Flager starter, Ryan Ashworth (1-3), who set down the Moccasins in order in the second, third, and fourth innings, before Austin Mauer singled to lead off the fifth.
- The Moccasins got back-to-back singles by Jason Sierra and Villaman in the sixth, but couldn't capitalize. With Evan Barnes on with a single in the seventh, Vaun Brown sent a ball deep to left field, but Saints outfielder Lorenzo Butler leaped and robbed Brown of a home run. FSC would again get a runner on base in the seventh and eighth, but both were left stranded.
- Meanwhile, J.T. Hintzen followed Knowles on the mound for Florida Southern and allowed one hit in two innings of work with a pair of strikeouts and a walk. The free pass was just the fifth against 26 strikeouts in 14.0 innings allowed by Hintzen this season. Craig Savage came on to work a 1-2-3 eighth inning, while Cameron Hanes retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Moccasins lead the overall series with Flagler by a 19-10 advantage, but tonight was just the fifth win in 12 games played in St. Augustine.
- Florida Southern's current 14-game win steak is the longest since the 2011 team won 14 games in a row on the way to a 32-15 season. Next up for the Moccasins would be the 16-game win streak the 2005 team put together to start the season which ended in Florida's Southern's ninth NCAA Division II National Championship. That team was coached by Pete Meyer, who now serves as the Moccasins director of athletics.
- The Moccasins are 14-0 in March this season and a combined 26-1 in the month over the past two seasons.
- Villaman had two hits on the night and is now 14-for-23 his last five games for a .609 clip. He came into the night third in the Sunshine State Conference with a .447 season average.
- Hanes' SSC-leading seven saves is the most for a Moccasin pitcher since Nate Carter recorded eight saves in 2014.
- Florida Southern travels to West Palm Beach this Friday and Saturday for a three-game series at Palm Beach Atlantic. Game one is Friday at 6 p.m. with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday. The next home game for the Moccasins is April 7 in the opening game of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series with Rollins.