Mocs defeat Spartans 6-2
Twelfth ranked Florida Southern used a three-run first inning and a solid pitching performance to defeat the eighteenth ranked University of Tampa 6-2, Friday night at Henley Field. With the win, the Moccasins improve to 27-9 and 11-2 in the Sunshine State Conference, while Tampa falls to 27-14 and 11-8 in the SSC.
The Moccasins struck first scoring three in the bottom of the first inning. Colin Kaline was hit by the pitch, Kelvin Clark singled, and Mike Snyder walked to load the bases. Tony Mitchell had an RBI groundout, which scored Kaline to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead. Tyler Benzel followed with a two-run single to give the Mocs a 3-0 advantage.
Tampa got on the board in the top of the third inning. After loading the bases, Eric Grabe hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Adam Pendleton to cut the lead to 3-1. The next batter reached on a catcher interference call before Gus Schlosser could get Andrew Jones to fly out and Heath Pritchard to strikeout to end the inning.
The Moccasins would add a run in the fourth inning as Kelvin Clark hit a triple to center field. He would score on a Mike Snyder double to right field.
After the Spartans got an unearned run in the top of the sixth, the Moccasins responded by scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning. Benzel led off the inning with a double and scored on Colin Kish single. Kish would advance to third on an Austin Chubb single and score on a sacrifice fly by Cory Jensen to give the Mocs the 6-2 lead.
Schlosser went seven innings, scattering four hit and two runs (one earned) to earn his sixth victory of the season. Patrick Szczerba and Jake Guengerich pitched the final two innings holding the Spartans scoreless.
Benzel led the Mocs attack going 3-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Kish and Clark added two hits each.
The Moccasins and Spartans complete their three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday 1 p.m. at Henley Field.