LAKELAND, FL - Trevor Castell turned in his best performance of the year and Florida Southern College baseball plated four runs in the first inning to pick up its sixth-straight win, 9-1, over Flagler on Tuesday evening at Rodda Stadium at Henley Field. The Moccasins (13-8) gave head coach Lance Niekro his 200th career coaching victory by defeating the Saints (13-11) for the fourth-straight meeting.
Castell (2-1) allowed just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked just one, and the Mocs' bullpen tossed three scoreless, hitless innings in relief to put to bed any chance of Flagler mounting a comeback. Jacob Teter tallied two RBI and four different players had at least two hits as Southern tallied at least 10 hits for the fifth game in a row.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Castell worked out of trouble in the first after Flagler got a runner to third base on a one-out double to put pressure on early. After issuing a walk and allowing the double, Castell struck out the next two batters in what proved to be just a preview of his strong performance.
- The Moccasin offense got off to a lightning-fast start in the bottom of the first when Vaun Brown reached on an error to lead things off. Florida Southern got back-to-back singles from Colin Camarigg and Ricky Gonzalez to load the bases for Teter, who promptly singled to right to plate a pair of runs. Zach Scott hit a sacrifice fly to right in the next at-bat to bring Gonzalez in from third, and Alex Goebel single later in the inning to bring Teter across the dish and give the Mocs a 4-0 lead.
- After back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Castell in the second and third, the FSC starter would make one of his few mistakes of the day when he allowed a solo homer to lead off the top of the fourth that slice Southern's lead to 4-1.
- Florida Southern answered back in the fifth when Isaiah Cullum drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-1, and scored three more on a pair of singles with the bases loaded and a hit-by-pitch with runners on each base to grab an 8-1 lead after five innings. Zach Scott scored from third on a wild pitch in the sixth for the final run of the game, and Bobby Turkett, Raymond Fields, and Cole Crowder each pitched an inning out of the bullpen to close out the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 22-10 against Flagler, including 15-3 when facing the Saints at home. The Moccasins have now won four-straight in the all-time series against Flagler, and have otuscored the Saints 20-4 in the past four meetings.
- Teter extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base safely in all 21 games this year. Gonzalez has a hit in each of the last 10 games, while Scott has reached safely in 10-straight games.
- Niekro is the fifth head coach in Moccasin history to win at least 200 games at Florida Southern. He is now 200-123-1 in seven seasons at the helm of the program.
- The Mocs have at least 10 hits in each of the last five games, and have recorded 10 or more hits in 13 games this year.
- Florida Southern begins a seven-game road stretch when it heads to Eckerd for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series this weekend (March 15-16). The Mocs will travel to Flagler on March 19, and take on Lynn in a three-game series from March 22-24.