LAKELAND - After recording two walk-off wins in their last three games, the Moccasins couldn't continue the magic on Senior Day Friday at Henley Field. Florida Southern's furious ninth-inning rally fell just short as the second-ranked Moccasins were swept by 19th-ranked Saint Leo in a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader. Saint Leo won game one, 4-1, and then held off a late surge by Florida Southern to take game two, 9-8. Saint Leo moves to 36-10 overall and 19-8 in the SSC while Florida Southern falls to 37-8-1 and 20-7.
Friday doubleheader was the final regular home games for nine Moccasin student-athletes: Logan Browning, Cody Burgess, J.P. DeBoyer, J.T. Hintzen, Alex Kennell, Tommy Georgevich, Hayden Marze, Austin Mauer, Omar Villaman,
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- Saint Leo took a 2-0 lead in the second off Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro (5-1) on three singles by Derek Gibree, Jared Marello, and Chase Turner.
- The Lions put up two more runs in the top of the seventh on a lead-off double by Lane Stancil and RBI-singles by Amir Wright and Peyton Isaacson.
- Florida Southern's only run came in the bottom of the seventh as Burgess reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Pablo Cabrera.
- The Moccasins had a runner on third with two out in the first inning, by Lions starter Jordan Pendleton (7-1) enticed a pop up to end the threat.
- Florida Southern threatened again in the second with runners on first and second two outs, by Pendleton recorded a strikeout to once again snuff out the threat.
- The Moccasins opened the sixth with a single by Villaman while Marze was hit by a pitch. After a pair of strikeouts, Villaman was thrown out trying to steal third.
- Villaman singled to lead off the eighth and Marze walked, but Florida Southern could not capitalize.
- Pendleton tossed a complete game and held the Moccasins to one unearned run with six strikeouts. Florida Southern managed eight hits but left nine runners stranded.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- Saint Leo again struck first in game two as Tate Sweatt singled off Moccasin starter Trevor Castell (3-1) who was making his first start since suffering an ankle injury at Barry on Feb. 25. One out later, Wright homered off the top of the batting cage in right field for a 2-0 Lions lead.
- Florida Southern got one run back in the bottom of the second as Dylan Costa drew a lead-off walk off Saint starter Shane Haight (3-2). One out later, Cabrera and Logan Browning singled to plate Costa and cut the Saint Leo margin to 2-1.
- The Lions came back in the top of the third with two more runs on a two-RBI single by Brett Coffel to move the score to 4-1.
- The Moccasins put up a solo tally in the fifth inning on a single by Marze and a run-scoring base hit by Jacob Teter. Florida Southern added another solo run in the next inning as Christian Maglich led off the frame with a triple and then scored on a groundout by Costa to cut Saint Leo's lead to 4-3.
- Saint Leo exploded for five runs in the eight off reliever Leo Rodriguez on five hits, including a three-run double by Gibree and RBI-singles by Coffel and Wright for a 9-3 lead.
- Florida Southern answered with five runs of its own in the bottom of the ninth – all with two outs. Villaman got things rolling with a double to left field. One out later, Teter singled to right field with Villaman scoring when the Saint Leo right-fielder misplayed the ball. Alex Goebel also singled while Maglich reached on an error by the Lions' first baseman that allowed Teter to score to make the score 9-5. Costa drew a walk while Burgess singled up the middle to drive in two runs and cut the lead to 9-7. Cabrera followed with an RBI-single to make the score 9-8, but Isaacson, who had started the game behind the plate, took his place on the mound and got Browning to ground out to first to end the game and pick up his 14th save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern still leads the all-time series with Saint Leo by a 133-52 margin, including a 73-21 mark in games played in Lakeland.
- Browning had base hits in both ends of the twin bill to extend his hitting streak to 20 games while Maglich also had hits in both games to give him hits in his last 11 games.
- Teter and Marze were both held hitless in game one to put an end to their respective hit streaks and 15 and 10 games.
- The Moccasins close out the home portion of their regular season schedule with a 21-5 record.
- Marze and Cabrera were both hit with a pitch in game one. For Marze, it was the 17th time he has struck this season tying him with Conor Szczerba (2011) and Brian "Spanky" Bridges (1995) for third place for a single season at FSC. Cabrera was plunked for the 36th time in his career, good for fourth place all-time at Florida Southern.