ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - A four-homer night helped give Florida Southern College baseball the offensive boost it needed in a 10-6 win at Flagler on Tuesday at Drysdale Field. The Moccasins (15-10) put up a pair of three-run innings to help overcome an early deficit and finish of the season sweep of the Saints (15-14). Isaiah Cullum, Austin Huber, Zach Scott, and Jacob Teter each went yard as the Mocs tallied 14 hits on the night.
Alec Hammond (2-0) picked up the win in relief as Florida Southern's bullpen tossed seven innings of three-run baseball, with Leo Rodriguez picking up his sixth save of the season after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. Teter finished 3-for-5 with a double, a three-run homer, and five RBI, while Scott drove in a pair of runs. The Mocs head to Lynn on Friday for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Flagler got on the board first with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning when Aaron Anderson fouled off four-straight pitches before hitting a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right-center to make it 1-0. The Saints scored another two-out run on an RBI single in the bottom of the second, but the Mocs were able to grab the lead in the top of the third when Teter hit a three-run blast to right. The home run, his sixth of the year, came with one out after Vaun Brown and Colin Camarigg led off the inning with back-to-back singles.
- The Saints tied things up in the bottom half of the third with an RBI single following a wild pitch, but Hammond was able to induce a double play and struck out the final batter of the inning with a runner on to keep the game tied. After Scott struck out to start the fourth, Cullum and Huber hit back-to-back solo shots to right center to give Florida Southern a 5-3 lead.
- Teter singled up the middle to bring Zach Diewert in from second in the top of the fifth to give Southern a 6-3 cushion before Flagler got one back on a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. After neither side scored in the sixth, Teter gave the Mocs a 7-4 lead on his RBI double to right center and Scott made it 9-4 with a two-out, two-run homer down the right-field line.
- The Mocs tacked on one more in the top of the eighth on Alan Burnsed's RBI double to make it 10-4. Flagler scored another run in the bottom half of the eighth on a two-out RBI single to set the stage for a dramatic ninth inning.
- With two outs in the ninth, the Saints drew three-straight walks to load the bases and scored a run on Frankie Martello's RBI single to close the gap to 10-6. With the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate, Rodriguez got the call from the bullpen and was able to force Elliot Schubert to hit a soft grounder to shortstop as Camarigg flipped the ball to Huber at second base for a force play and the final out.
- Hammond was one of six relievers used by the Mocs on Tuesday. In addition to Hammond and Rodriguez, Logan Verrino, Cole Crowder, and Brandon Harris all made appearances in relief. J.J. Niekro also made his season debut by tossing a scoreless seventh.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 23-10 all-time against Flagler, including a 7-7 record in St. Augustine.
- Four different players homered in Tuesday's game, marking the first time since Feb. 9, 2018 (W, 8-4 at North Georgia) that four different Mocs have homered in the same game. It as the team's first four-homer game since a 26-4 win at Embry-Riddle on March 29, 2018.
- Rodriguez converted his sixth-straight save opportunity of the year and has 13 in his career. He is tied for fourth in school history in career saves. Rodriguez has yet to allow a run in 12.1 innings this year.
- Teter's homer was the 18th of his career. He has homered in five of the team's last 11 games and has reached base safely in all 25 games this season.
- Scott reached safely for the 14th-straight game, while Brown has reached base safely in each of the last 12 games. Camarigg is on a nine-game hitting streak.
- The Mocs have recorded 10 or more hits in nine-straight games. Florida Southern has at least 10 hits in 17 games this season.
- Florida Southern hops back into Sunshine State Conference action with a three-game series at Lynn (March 22-24). The Mocs will return home for six-straight games with SSC series against Embry-Riddle (March 29-31) and Rollins (April 5-7).