LAKELAND - Cody Burgess hit a two-out walk-off home in the bottom of the eighth inning of a scheduled seven-inning contest to lift Florida Southern to a 3-1 win over Lee University to sweep a Saturday doubleheader here at Henley Field. The Moccasins took game one, 7-6, behind a 4-for-4 effort from Omar Villaman. The pair of wins keeps the Moccasins undefeated at 10-0 while Lee drops to 3-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- After Lee scored one run in each of the first and second innings off Moccasin starter Trevor Castell (3-0), Florida Southern came back to tie it with two runs in the bottom of the second. Villaman and Logan Browning hit back-to-back singles to place runners on first and second. Both runners then moved up 90-feet on a balk while Browning would later score on a single by Vaun Brown.
- Lee came back to go ahead 3-2 with another solo run in the top of the third, but Austin Mauer tied the game at 3-all with a two-out solo homer in the third - his third round-tripper of the season.
- Villaman collected his third hit of the night - the Moccasins' first triple of the season - to score Mauer who had walked with one out in the fifth. Browning would drive in Villaman with a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.
- Florida Southern would pull ahead 7-3 with two runs on a single by Pablo Cabrera and RBI base hits from Villaman and Hayden Marze.
- Lee's Dalton Ney hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth off the Moccasin bullpen, but closer Leo Rodriguez came on with one out and retired the first two batters he faced to pick up his fifth save in as many opportunities for Florida Southern.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- Florida Southern starter J.J. Niekro and Lee starter Pat Morgan locked horns in a pitcher's duel with each blanking the other's teammates through five scoreless innings.
- Niekro, who struck out seven in 5.0 shutout innings, gave way to Cole Crowder who surrendered a two-out homer to Chase Gadau.
- J.T. Hintzen (2-0) came out of the FSC bullpen to start the start the seventh inning and struck out back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and then set down three of the four he faced in the eighth for the win.
- Florida Southern which had runners in scoring position in six of the first seventh inning included a bases-load situation in the sixth, finally tied the score in the seventh as Austin Mauer singled and was replaced with pinch-runner Ryan Frost. Villaman, who had doubled in the fourth, singled to place runners on the corners. Browning then plated Villaman with his second sac fly of the twinbill.
- In the decisive eighth, Dylan Costa drew a two-out walk with Burgess cranking his third homer of the season over the right-field fence for the 3-1 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The two wins improve FSC to 3-0 versus Lee.
- The 10-0 start is the best since the 2011 squad won its first 11 contests.
- With the homer by Mauer in game one and Burgess's blast in game two, Florida Southern has homered in 20 straight games dating back to last season.
- Costa had hits in both games to extend his hit streak to nine games while Marze saw hit streak snapped at eight games after going hitless in game two.
- The Moccasins 7-6 win in game one was the 2,100 win in program history. FSC's all-time record is now 2,100-780-6 for a .729 winning percentage.
- Florida Southern plays the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 1:05 p.m. at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in the two clubs annual Spring Training match-up. The Moccasins then opens Sunshine State Conference play with a three-game road series, Feb. 23-24, in Miami Shores against Barry University.