BOCA RATON, FL - Cody Duke's two-run homer in the second inning gave Florida Southern College baseball an early lead, but Lynn scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 13-6 victory on Friday at the Lynn Baseball Field. The Moccasins (15-11, 1-6 SSC) got out to the early lead, fell behind, and tied things in the top of the fifth before the Fighting Knights (14-13, 5-8) sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom half to put the game out of reach.
Carons King (3-3) suffered the loss for the Mocs after allowing nine runs on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. Nicholis Prather (3-4) earned the win for Lynn by allowing four runs, three earned, in 5.0 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Duke, Zach Scott, and Jacob Teter each finished with two hits for the Moccasins. Each team hit two home runs as the Pablo Cabrera also went yard for Florida Southern, and the Knights drew 10 walks.
The teams will continue their three-game weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow before finishing the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After both teams went down in order in the first, the Moccasins got on the board in the top of the second when Duke homered to left center following Zach Scott's two-out single up the middle to give Southern a 2-0 lead. Lynn answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning on Michael Buckley's RBI single with one out to slice the deficit in half.
- Following a 1-2-3 top half of the third inning, King would issue a two-out walk with a runner on first in the bottom of the third and Shayne Fontana made the Mocs pay by smashing a shot over the wall in right-center to plate three runs and put the Fighting Knights up 4-2. The Moccasins pulled within one after Austin Huber drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and tied the game at 4-4 on Cabrera's leadoff homer in the fifth.
- However, things would fall apart for Florida Southern in the bottom of the eighth as King allowed the first five batters to reach and gave up a pair of runs on a bases-loaded walk and bases-loaded hit by a pitch that put Lynn up 6-4 and brought his day to an end. Things would get worse when Thomas Spinelli allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and issued three walks with the bases loaded to give the Knights a 10-4 lead.
- Lynn would score two more in the inning when Alejandro Martinez singled through the left side of the infield to plate two and make it 12-4 at the end of five. The Knights sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and scored eight runs despite recording just two hits. Florida Southern issued five walks in the inning, hit a pair of batters, and had one wild pitch.
- The Mocs got two runs in the seventh on Alan Burnsed's RBI groundout and Scott's RBI single, but Lynn tacked on another run when Martinez hit a solo shot to left in the bottom half of the inning to make the final 13-6.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 55-36 all-time against Lynn, including a 21-17 record in Boca Raton. The Mocs have lost six in a row when facing the Knights on the road.
- Teter reached base safely for the 26th time this season while Scott reached safely for the 15th game in a row.
- Cabrera returned to action for the first time since injuring his hand on Feb. 28 against Kentucky Wesleyan. His solo homer in the fifth gave him the 187th hit of his career. He needs 41 more to crack the top 10 in school history in career hits.
- Florida Southern and Lynn will play the second game of a three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. before finishing the series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The Mocs return home next weekend for three games against Embry-Riddle (March 29-31),