PENSACOLA, FL - Day two of the 2019 Florida Southern College baseball season saw the Moccasins pick up their first victory of the season. Junior pitcher Matt Martin (1-0) threw six innings of one-run ball as Jacob Teter and Zach Diewert gave the Mocs an early lead.
Teter went 2-for-3 with two singles, two RBI, and a run scored in the win, Pablo Cabrera drove in a pair of runs for the second time in as many days. Martin took the ball for the Mocs in game two as he went six innings, allowing a single run in the first and then tossing five shutout innings. He struck out four and walked three on 88 total pitches. Chase Pilato came on in relief of Martin in the seventh inning and tossied one inning of two-hit ball, giving up a run and striking out one. Leo Rodriguez picked up the save for the Mocs as he pitched the final two innings giving up three hits, a strikeout, and a walk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern sent seven to the plate in the first inning. Cabrera singled to right field to open the hitting barrage for the Mocs. Junior transfer Zach Scott took was hit a bt a pitch as the Mocs put runners on first and second with one out. Teter followed with a single to left field to score Cabrera from second to put the Mocs up 1-0. Diewert singled to center field to score Scott to give Florida Southern a 2-0 lead.
- Matthew Estrada sent one over the outfield wall to put the Argos on the board in the bottom of the first. Martin would walk the next two batters before getting the final two batters of the first inning to pop out to second to end the inning.
- The Mocs added on the eventual winning run in the third inning as Cullum hit a sac fly to center field to score Teter from third.
- West Florida opened the bottom of the fifth with a walk and single. Martin was able to escape the jam with by getting Estrada to fly out to left and then cut down the runner at home on a fielders choice.
- Christian Maglich would end Tony Rossi's night as he followed Cullum's walk with a single to left field. Alan Burnsed would strike out as he pinch hit for Ryan Frost. Vaun Brown singled to load up the bases with two outs but the Mocs were unable to capitalize as Dylan Costa flew out to left field to end the inning.
- Both teams would add a run in the seventh inning. Teter picked up his second RBI on the evening as he flew out to centerfield to score Cabrera from third. Pilato came in in relief for the Mocs and got two quick groundouts from the Argos before giving up a single to Estrada. The West Florida leftfielder would advance to second on a wild pitch and then advance to third on another wild pitch. Jones would follow up with a single up the middle to score Estrada from third to cut the Mocs lead back down to two.
- With Rodriguez in to pitch for the Mocs, the Argos would put runners on second and third with two outs, but Rodriguez was able to get Bryant Harris to pop out to second to end the Argos threat in the bottom of the eighth.
- After going down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth the Mocs would do the same in the top of the ninth.
- Rodriguez would walk the first Agro he faced in the bottom of the ninth and then got Estrada to ground out into an unassisted double-play by Teter at first base. Rodriguez would get Mike Farnell to fly out for the final out of the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 25-20 all-time against West Florida, including a 9-11 mark when facing the Argonauts on the road.
- The Moccasins had four players with multi-hits in the victory.
- The weekend series marks the third-straight year that Florida Southern has opened the season against West Florida. It is the fifth time overall in the past six seasons that the teams have opened the season facing each other.
- The Mocs look to take the series against the Argos as the two teams meet up for the final game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Florida Southern opens its home slate against Eckerd in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Henley Field.