GREENWOOD, SC - Mitch Reeves homered twice, including a ninth-inning grand slam, and also singled twice for six runs batted in as 15th-ranked Florida Southern lanced Lander, 9-2, in the opening game of a Friday doubleheader here at Dolny Stadium. Reeves, batting in the sixth spot after hitting in the number three hole in the first 34 games of the season, accounted for seven of the Moccasins' nine runs, scoring three times as well as driving in four other Mocs.
In game two, Chase Pilato struck out eight in 5.0 innings pitched and Jason Sierra and Austin Mauer each hit two-run homers as Florida Southern downed Lander, 7-4, to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Bearcats.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- After stranding a pair of runners in the first, the Moccasins got on the board in the second as Reeves singled up the middle to lead off the inning and later scored on a passed ball.
- The Bearcats came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, combining three bases hits with three Logan Browning walks for two runs. Like Florida Southern in the top of the inning, Lander left the bases loaded at the end of the inning.
- Reeves tied the game for Florida Southern in the top of the third, collecting his second base hit in as many at bats, to drive in Omar Villaman, who had singled to start the inning.
- It was Reeves once again getting it done for the Moccasins, homering with two out in the top of the fifth to lift Florida Southern to a 3-2 lead.
- Florida Southern tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh as Mauer singled to start the frame while Villaman drew a walk. Sierra then singled to shortstop to drive in Mauer while Villaman scored one out later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Christian Maglich to give the Moccasins a 5-2 lead.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- Lander struck first in game two as Colton Yeager doubled with one out off of Moccasin starter Chase Pilato in the bottom of the third and then scored on an Alex Conoway single.
- Florida Southern finally got to Lander starter Sam Linn in the fifth inning. Linn, who entered the game with a 1-6 record a 6.47 ERA, retired the first 14 Moccasin hitters in order before walking Reeves. Browning then singled through the right side to spoil Linn's no-hit bid while Kevin Fuller drew a walk with Reeves scoring on a wild pitch on ball four. Maglich then doubled off the center field fence to plate Browning and Fuller for a 3-1 FSC lead.
- Similarly, Pilato became untracked in the bottom of the fifth. The sophomore righty hit Ryan Troutman with one out and then uncorked a wild pitch. One out later, Conoway reached on a infield error with Bailey Connell following with a double to the left field corner for an earned run. Pilato was then called for a balk, allowing Conoway to score the tying run, which was also unearned.
- Sierra gave the lead back to the Moccasins, homering to left center after Villaman doubled with two outs. It was Sierra's seventh home run of the season and the 17th of his career.
- Lander got one run back in the bottom of the seventh on doubles by Mason Dodd and Yeager with one out off reliever Tyler Knowles. Cameron Hanes came on in relief and retired the next two batters to end the rally.
- Mauer gave FSC a three-run cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth with a two-run home run just inside the left field foul pole with Pablo Cabrera aboard for a 7-4 lead. It was Mauer's eighth home run of the season and the his sixth in the last eight games.
- Hanes finished the game for the Moccasins to pick up his 10th save of the season, the most since Daniel Tillman saved 13 games in 2010. The 10 saves is also the fifth most in FSC history.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the first meeting between Florida Southern and Lander.
- The Moccasins improve to 16-3 on the road.
- The two homers by Reeves in game one give him a team-leading 12 on the season and ties him with Joe Sickes (1981-83) for eighth place on the FSC all-time career list with 23 round-trippers.
- Browning gets the win in the opener for the Mocs and is now 6-1 this season and 11-4 for his Florida Southern career. He allowed just two hits after the second inning (both coming in the seventh) and finished with five strikeouts. J.T. Hintzen came on in relief of Browning to start the eighth and retired each of the six batters he faced, including four via the strikeout.
- Pilato takes the win in game two, working 5.0 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with the eight strikeouts.
- Cody Burgess tripled, walked twice, and was hit by a pitch in game one and singled in the second game and has now reached base in each of the Moccasins' 36 games this season.
- Moccasin batters were hit by a pitch five times in the first game, including Mauer who was plunked in his first and last plate appearances of the game.
- The Moccasins will return to Lakeland next weekend to host the University in a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Henley Field. Game one is Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.