MIAMI SHORES, FL - Freshman Jacob Teter went 4-for-5 to spark a 21-hit attack as 4th-ranked Florida Southern handed Barry a 19-7 loss in game two to gain a split of Sunshine State Conference doubleheader here Saturday at Feinbloom Field. The Buccaneers won game one, 18-7, to hand the Moccasins their first loss of the season. Teter had two hits, including a two-run homer in the opener.
Florida Southern stands at 12-1 overall and 2-1 in the league after the split while Barry moves to 4-7 and 1-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
Florida Southern came out of the gate with back-to-back singles by Cody Burgess and Pablo Cabrera to start the game. Both runners moved up 90 feet on an infield groundout but were left stranded by an inning-ending double play.
Barry got on the scoreboard first with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning.
Things then came unglued for Florida Southern as Barry batted around in both the fourth and fifth innings, sending nine men to the plate in the fourth and 11 in the fifth for 10 runs on 10 hits off three Moccasin pitchers, to leap ahead 11-2.
The Barry barrage continued as 11 more batters went to the plate in the bottom of the sixth for seven more runs on six hits and one Florida Southern error for an 18-4 lead.
The Moccasins scored twice in the top of the eighth as pinch-hitter Ricky Gonzalez singled and, one out later, Christian Maglich delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer to make the score 18-6. It was Maglich's first home run of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
Florida Southern jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second as Browning walked and Marze was hit by a pitch for the fifth time in the series. Teter and Maglich followed with back-to-back RBI singles and Dylan Costa also singled to load the bases. One out later, Cabrera singled to plate Teter and Maglich scored on a fielder's choice by Austin Mauer.
Marze gave the Moccasins a 6-0 lead with his team-leading sixth homer of the season with Browning on base with a lead-off walk in the top of the third.
After Barry scored a solo run in the bottom of the third, it was Browning and Marze combining for two more Moccasin runs in the fourth. Mauer got it going with a one-out single while, one out later, Browning doubled him in. Marze then singled in Browning for an 8-1 lead.
The Buccaneers then scored four unanswered runs over three innings to cut the Florida Southern lead to 8-5 after six.
The Moccasins broke the game open with an 11-run eighth inning. Florida Southern sent 15 men to the plate with nine different batters scoring including Maglich and Costa who each scored twice in the frame. Burgess provided the exclamation point in the inning with a grand slam, FSC's second grand slam of the season (Marze hit the other on Feb. 3 in a 7-5 win over West Florida).
Barry closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
In addition to Teter's four hits, Mauer, Marze, and Costa each had three hits. Every Moccasin starter had at least one hit in the game with the bottom four batters combining for 12 hits, 10 runs, and eight RBI.
Starter J.J. Niekro got the win to improve to 3-0 on the year. The sophomore right-hander limited Barry to four runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. J.T. Hintzen tossed two innings and struck out four while allowing one run on four hits. Leo Rodriguez closed out the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Florida Southern now holds a 77-20 advantage, including a 41-9 mark in Miami Shores.
With Teter's home run in the fourth inning of game one and homers by Marze and Burgess in game two, Florida Southern has hit at least one homer in 12 of the 13 games this season and has homered in 29 of the last 31 games dating back to last season.
The 11-run inning in game two marks the most runs scored in a single frame by the Moccasins since plating 10 runs in a 20-8 victory at Albany State on Feb. 21, 2015.
The 19 runs scored in game two are the most since a 25-7 smashing of Claflin on Feb. 18 of last season.
The 18 runs allowed in game one are the most surrendered by the Moccasins since a 19-1 loss at Saint Leo on May 4, 2013, while the 21 hits allowed are the most surrendered since allowing 21 hits in a 17-5 loss to Florida Tech on March 28, 2015.
Costa was held without a hit in game one, snapping a 10-game hit streak in which he went 17-for-39 for a .436 average.
Florida Southern will open a three-game series with Kentucky Wesleyan with a 6 p.m. ballgame on Tuesday at Henley Field. The two teams will play again at home on Thursday at 6 p.m. and then conclude their series with a 1 p.m. game on Friday.