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Mocs Split Senior Day Doubleheader Against Barry; Jackson Sets New Single Season School Home Run Mark

Mocs Split Senior Day Doubleheader Against Barry; Jackson Sets New Single Season School Home Run Mark

LAKELAND - Florida Southern concluded the home portion of its 2015 schedule here Saturday afternoon on Senior Day by splitting a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader against Barry at historic Henley Field.

In Saturday's first game, Barry posted an 8-7 victory, before the Mocs rallied to score six runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap en route to earning a 9-3 win and earn a series victory over the Buccaneers as FSC earned a 6-5 win in Friday's opener.

Prior to Saturday's game, the Mocs honored its 10-member senior class in a pregame ceremony. The 10 seniors this season are pitcher Austin Barnett (Lakeland, Fla.), outfielder Colton Davis (Lake Wales, Fla.), third baseman Chris Dennis (Rockledge, Fla.), shortstop Casey Eddinger (Crawfordville, Fla.), pitcher Casey Eskew (Sarasota, Fla.), pitcher Jerrod Flanagan (St. Petersburg, Fla.), outfielder Trevor Freeman (Shalimar, Fla.), catcher Joey Miller (Sarasota, Fla.), pitcher Jake Popovich (Danville, Calif.) and outfielder Kyle Richards (Groton, Conn.).

For the doubleheader, the Moccasin offense recorded 18 hits and scored 16 runs, including three hits apiece from Eddinger, junior centerfielder Sam Machonis (Tampa, Fla.) and rightfielder Jhalan Jackson (Winter Haven, Fla.). In addition, the Mocs recorded four home runs, including two from Jackson to help him establish a new single season school record for home runs with 17. The 17 home runs bettered the old single season record of 16 held by both Ryan McHugh in 1995 and the late Justin Hancock in 2002.

In the opener, Barry jumped in front 3-0 in the second inning thanks to five hits, including a 2-run single from Khalili Denson off of Moccasin sophomore starter Craig Savage (Apopka, Fla.).

The Mocs pulled within 3-1 in the bottom of the second thanks to back-to-back singles from Davis and Miller and an RBI groundout by Eddinger.

FSC added a second run in the third inning without the benefit of a hit as they drew three walks and hit batsman from Barry starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez and scored the run on a throwing error by Buccaneer shortstop J.C. Cardenas.

Barry pushed its lead to 6-2 in the fourth inning thanks to three hits and two walks.

The Mocs added three runs in the fourth inning to pull within 6-5 thanks to a 3-run homer over the left field wall by Jackson. The homer by Jackson tied FSC's single season home run mark of 16.

BU, though, added another run in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Greg Brodzinski off of Barnett, who relieved Savage in the fourth inning. Brodzinski's single pushed Barry's lead to 7-5.

The Mocs would add a run in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out solo home run by Miller to pull within 7-6. The homer by Miller was his third of the season.

Barry would add to its run total in the seventh inning thanks to a double, a stolen base and a throwing error by Miller to push its lead to 8-6. 

FSC scored a run in the ninth on a lead off solo homer by Jackson to set a new single season record for homers and put two runners on base with two outs before Jesse Montalto forced junior pinch hitter Dominic Brugnoni (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) to fly out to end the game. 

The Mocs had nine hits in the first game as Jackson was 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs and Miller added two hits. 

Barry, who finished with 18 hits in the win, was paced offensively by Cardenas as he was 5-for-6 at the plate. Ramon Valdez and Kyle Pangallo each had three hits, while Denson and Brodzinski had two hits. 

Savage (4-4) took the loss for the Mocs as he pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 12 hits and six runs, while walking two and striking out three. Barnett, who was making his first appearance after being suspended for four games after being ejected last Friday against Eckerd for hitting a batter, pitched the final 5.1 innings and allowed six hits and two runs, while walking two and fanning two.

Hernandez (6-4) earned the victory for Barry as he threw five innings and allowed six runs (five earned), while walking four and striking out one. Montalto picked up his second save as he threw four innings and allowed three hits and one run, while striking out three and walking two. 

In the nightcap, Barry jumped in front 2-0 in the opening inning thanks to a 2-run homer by Cardenas off of Moccasin junior starter Brady Arenson (Glenview, Ill.).

The Bucs extended its lead to 3-0 in the second inning thanks to a single, a stolen base and an RBI single by Valdez.

FSC, though, would answer with two runs in the bottom of the second inning without the benefit of a hit. In the inning, Adrian Benitez loaded the bases thanks to two walks and a hit batsman and the Mocs scored its first run on a passed ball and after another walk, Eddinger delivered a sacrifice fly to center to bring home the second run and drop Barry's lead to 3-2.

The Mocs would put take the lead in the fifth inning thanks to scoring six runs on three hits to push out to an 8-3 lead. The first run came home on a bases loaded wild pitch by Andy Rohloff after Luis Deville relieved Benitez to open the inning and walked the bases loaded. FSC would add its next two runs on a 2-run double up the middle by Brugnoni and added its fourth run on an RBI single by Eddinger and Machonis completed the scoring by drilling a Rohloff pitch over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season.

FSC would add an insurance run in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI single by Eddinger, who finished the game by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a career high 3 RBIs.

After pushing its lead to 9-3, the Mocs turned the game over to Flanagan and is all the converted first baseman did was retire all nine batters he faced in order, including recording a career high three strikeouts to collect his first career save in the final home game of his Moccasin career.

Arenson (5-2) earned the win as he pitched six innings and allowed six hits and thre runs, while walking two and fanning one.

The Mocs had nine hits in the nightcap as in addition to Eddinger's two hits, Machonis, Dennis and Brugnoni also had two hits in the victory.

Deville (3-5), who recorded only one out, took the loss as he didn't allow a hit, but surrended three runs thanks to recording three walks and one strikeout.

The Bucs had six players record one hit apiece in the game. 

FSC will return to action on May 4-5 as they travel to Boca Raton for a three-game series against 14th-ranked Lynn. The two teams will open the series on Monday, May 4 with a 3 p.m. game, before playing a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 5 beginning at 12 p.m.