WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Florida Southern used a pair of four-run innings to post a 10-1 win in game one and then saw its 11-game hit streak come to a hold with a 7-4 loss in game as the Moccasins split a Friday doubleheader at Palm Beach Atlantic in Sunshine State Conference action here at Jake Rubin Park. With the split, the No. 2 ranked Moccasins stand at 33-5-1 overall and 16-4 in the conference while the Sailfish move to 22-21 and 10-13 in the conference.
Christian Maglich and Jacob Teter each had three hits in game one with Maglich driving in four runs and Teter plating a pair, while in game two, Teter cranked out three more hits, including his ninth homer of the season, and drove in two more runs. Logan Browning had a pinch-hit single in game two to extend his hit streak to 15 games while Teter stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Cody Burgess wasted no time giving Florida Southern the lead, homering on the fourth pitch he saw to lead off the game. It is his 10th homer of the season and is the third time this season he has led off a game with a homer. Pablo Cabrera followed with a single and moved up 90-feet on a wild pitch. After a foul out, Omar Villaman and Hayden Marze hit back-to-back doubles for a third FSC run while Marze would score on a single by Christian Maglich.
- Palm Beach Atlantic got one run back in the bottom of the second on doubles by Kyle Simon and Connor Rowland off Moccasin starter Logan Browning (8-2).
- The Moccasins put up another four-spot in the top of the fifth on three hits. Austin Mauer hit a one-out double and one out later, Marze was hit by a pitch. With Marze running on the pitch, Jacob Teter singled to let field to score Mauer and Marze. Maglich followed with a blast over the field wall for his third homer of the season and an 8-1 Moccasin lead.
- Florida Southern tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth as Austin Mauer singled and then stole his second base of the game. One out later, Marze singled to third and advanced to second and Mauer scored when PBA third baseman, Sean Houck threw the ball away.
- Browning worked eight innings and struck out four while holding the Sailfish to one run on five hits and one walk. Mike Palaez worked the ninth to wrap up the game for Florida Southern.
- Burgess, Mauer, Marze and Costa all had two hits for the Moccasins.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- As in game one, the Moccasins' first run came via the long ball as Teter hit a two-out home run off PBA starter Mitchell Carroll (3-1) in the second inning for his ninth blast of the season, giving FSC a 1-0 lead.
- Palm Beach Atlantic tied the game in the third as the Sailfish loaded the bases on a single, walk, and a bunt single off Moccasin starter Thomas Spinelli (5-2). After a shallow fly out to right, Spinelli got a ground ball out, but PBA picked up a run on the play.
- The Sailfish took the led, 3-1, in the fourth inning off Spinelli who allowed all six batters he faced to reach base, but thanks to groundouts, surrendered just two runs. J.T. Hintzen came on to relief Spinelli with two outs and runners on first and second but got Houck to line out to shortstop with his first pitch to end the rally.
- PBA added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Hintzen hit the lead-off batter, and two outs later, hit another batter to put runners on first and second. The two hit batsmen were the first by Hintzen this season. Houck then followed with double to the fence in left field to score two runs and put the Sailfish ahead 5-1.
- Florida Southern cut the lead to 5-4 with three runs in the top of the seventh. Villaman started the frame with a double to left field for the Moccasins first hit since Teter's homer in the second inning. Carroll then recorded a strikeout and was lifted for reliever Joey Hennessey. Teter greeted Hennessey with a single on his first offering to score Villaman. Maglich followed with a single to score Teter. One out later, Dylan Costa hit a grounder to third with Teter avoiding the tag to put runners on the corners. Burgess then sent a blistering ground ball up the middle that ricocheted off the Sailfish shortstop allowing Teter and Maglich to score.
- Moccasin reliever Cole Crowder started the seventh and plunked Kyle Simon to start the inning. Simon would later score on a single by Rowland to get one of the Mocs' run back and make the scored 6-4.
- Florida Southern threatened in the eighth, with back-to-back singles by Marze and Teter, but reliever Johnnie Schneider (3 saves) came on and got Maglich to hit a ground ball for the third out.
- Palm Beach Atlantic put up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off reliever Leo Rodriguez on a single, walk, and a second single for a 7-4 Sailfish lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern and Palm Beach Atlantic have now met 32 times, although today was the first time they met in Sunshine State Conference play as the Sailfish as in the first year as full members of the conference. The Moccasins lead the series by a 25-7 margin and enjoy a 10-4 advantage in games played in West Palm Beach.
- His start in game one gave Browning 43 career starts, tying him with John Connally Barnett (2000-02) for fifth-most at Florida Southern. The win was his 21st career victory, tying him five others for 10th place all-time at FSC, and his four strikeouts give him 242, moving him into 12th place on the Moccasin all-time career list.
- Burgess' lead-off homer in game one is his 10th of the season and ties him for ninth most in a single season for any Moccasin player. It was also his 24th career homer, putting him in eighth place on the all-time Florida Southern list.
- Marze was hit with a pitch in the fifth inning of game one for the 15th time this season, tying him with four others for fifth-place on FSC's single-season list. John Thresher was plunked with a pitch 27 times in 1998 to set the school record. Cabrera was hit by a pitch in game two and has been struck by the ball 35 times in his career which is fourth most for any Florida Southern batter.
- With two homers in game one and one in game two, the Moccasins have now hit 62 on the season, which is tied for eighth most in Moccasin history. Last year's team set the school record with 81 round trippers.
- The game featured a match-up of two head coaches with major league experience. The Mocs' Lance Niekro played four years at first base with the San Francisco Giants while the Sailfish's Kent Bottenfield pitched nine seasons for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies.
- This series was originally scheduled to be played over three days, but with expected rain in the forecast for Sunday, the two clubs opted to play a doubleheader today and a single game tomorrow (there is also a chance of rain on Saturday, hence the two games today.
- The two clubs are scheduled to conclude their series with a noon game on Saturday. The Moccasins return to Lakeland on April 27-29 to face Nova Southeastern.