LAKELAND - Florida Southern broke open a close game with a five-run fifth inning and added 14 more runs in the next two innings combined to win game two, 23-4, and gain a split of a Saturday Sunshine State Conference doubleheader here at Henley Field. The Moccasins (23-4-1, 6-3 SSC) outhit the Knights (19-12, 8-7 SSC) by a 17-6 margin as four Moccasin pitchers combined on the six-hitter. Lynn hit five home runs to take game one, 15-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- Lynn wasted no time with their first home run as the number two hitter, Gabe Martinez homered to right field off Moccasin starter, Thomas Spinelli (3-1) in the first inning.
- Florida Southern tied the game in the bottom of the third as Cody Burgess was hit with a pitch and came around to score on a single by Pablo Cabrera.
- Logan Browning gave the Moccasins a 2-1 lead with hit fourth home run of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right field to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
- Tom Archer took the lead back for the Knights with a two-run homer in the fifth and keyed a four-run sixth with a three-run homer in his next at bat for a 7-2 Lynn lead.
- Joe Argumedo added Lynn's fourth homer of the day with a two-run shot in the top of the eighth to increase the Knight's lead to 9-2.
- Cabrera singled to lead off the bottom of the eight while Austin Mauer followed with his fourth home run of the year to cut into the lead, 9-4.
- The Knights then punctuated the win with a six-run ninth, highlighted by a two-run home run by Shayne Fontana for the final 15-4 margin.
- Cabrera had three of the Moccasins' nine hits while Mauer had a pair of hit as Florida Southern was out-hit, 13-9.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- Lynn again took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in game two on wild pitch by Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro.
- Florida Southern answered with a two-run homer by Alex Goebel – his second home run of the season – with Jacob Teter aboard in the bottom of the second.
- The Knights took the lead back, 4-2, on back-to-back homers by Pat Dorrian and Tyler Green.
- The Moccasins sent 11 men to the plate to score five runs on one hit in the fifth inning. FSC took advantage of six walks and a hit batsmen by four different Lynn hurlers.
- In the next innings, Florida Southern again batted around for six-runs on four hits, including a two-run double by Vaun Brown, a RBI-triple by Omar Villaman, and singles by Dylan Costa and Burgess.
- Florida Southern batted around for a third straight inning as 13 batters went to the plate to score eight more runs – all with two outs. The first two Moccasins were retired before Browning and Villaman hit back-to-back singled and Hayden Marze cranked his 10th home run of the season. The next four batters all walked wile Burgess doubled in two runs, Cabrera singled in one run, and Browning had an RBI-double for his second hit of the inning to cap the scoring.
- Marze singled to lead off the eighth while Teter followed with a single. Out out later, Brown and Costa walked for one run and another scored on groundout by pinch-hitter Ryan Frost.
- Browning and Villaman each had three hit as Florida Southern outhit Lynn, 17-6. Burgess, Marze, Brown, and Costa all added two hits to the Moccasin attack. Goebel finished with four RBI while Burgess and Marze each drove in three runs and Cabrera, Browning, Brown, and Costa each plated a pair of runs.
- J.T. Hintzen (5-0) picked up the win with 2.1 shutout innings of no-hit ball. Cole Crowder and Mike Palaez both tossed a scoreless frame for Florida Southern.
- Lynn used eight pitchers in the three-hour, 55-minute contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern and Lynn have met 90 times on the baseball diamond with the Moccasins holding a 55-35 advantage in the series. The win by Florida Southern in game two snaps a 10-game win streak by Lynn in the series.
- Lynn and Florida Southern entered the game ranked 1-2 in the SSC in home runs hit and the two clubs showed why the are ranked, combining for 16 homers in the three-game series. Lynn knocked nine homers while Florida Southern hit seven round-trippers.
- The 23 runs scored by Florida Southern is the most this season and is the most runs for the Mocs since a 25-7 win over Claflin on Feb. 18, 2017.
- Florida Southern travels to Daytona Beach to take on Embry-Riddle for three league games on March 29-30.