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Walsh and Reeves Lead Baseball to Doubleheader Sweep of Barry

Jake Walsh (left) struck out 10 in a two-hitter in game one, while Mitch Reeves (right) had five RBI in game two.
Jake Walsh (left) struck out 10 in a two-hitter in game one, while Mitch Reeves (right) had five RBI in game two.

LAKELAND - Jake Walsh struck out 10 in tossing a complete game two-hitter in game one while Mitch Reeves drove in five runs in game two as 25th-ranked Florida Southern swept a doubleheader from Barry, winning game one, 5-1, and game two, 10-6.

The sweep lifts the Moccasins to a 33-13 overall and 11-10 in the Sunshine State Conference while Barry ends its season at 23-26 overall and 10-13 in the league.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE

  • Walsh faced three batters over minimum in tossing the Moccasins' first complete game of the season. The junior righthander recorded five of his 10 strikeouts over the first three innings and had retired seven in a row before Andrew Puglielli doubled to lead off the sixth inning before eventually scoring on sacrifice fly. Walsh recovered by setting down the last 12 Barry batters in order to improve to 11-1 on the season. 
  • The Moccasins gave Walsh a 3-0 lead in the third as Pablo Cabrera singled with one out and Austin Mauer and Omar Villaman drew back-to-back to walks to load the bases. Jason Sierra ten singled in Cabrera and Mauer while Reeves followed with a run-scoring single.
  • Reeves would homer to lead off the eighth inning while Logan Browning followed with a single and later scored on a double by Kevin Fuller for the final 5-1 score. 

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO

  • Barry took a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI-single by Claudio Rubiera off Moccasin starter, Chase Pilato (6-2), and added an unearned run in the third on a run-scoring single by Pail Salata.
  • Florida Southern answered with a three-run bottom of the third as Evan Barnes walked to lead off the frame and, one out later, Cabrera and Mauer each singled to load the bases. One out later, Sierra was hit with a pitch to force in Barnes while Reeves delivered a two-run single to plate Cabrera and Mauer for a 3-2 Moccasin lead.
  • The Moccasins added two more runs in the fourth as J.P. DeBoyer and Barnes started the inning with back-to-back base hits. DeBoyer scored on a sacrifice fly by Cabrera and Barnes scored on a Villaman single for a 5-2 FSC lead.
  • After adding an unearned run in the fifth, Florida Southern added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run homer by Reeves, followed on pitch later by a solo home run by Browning. 
  • Barry got to Chase in the seventh for three runs on a sacrifice fly by Alffredi Ramos and a two-run homer by Rubiera.
  • Reeves drove in the Moccasins final run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to score Villaman who doubled to lead off the inning.
  • The Buccaneers final run came in the top of the ninth off reliever JT Hintzen as Julian Abreu doubled and scored on a pair of wild pitches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Florida Southern improves to 75-19 against Barry and is now 36-10 versus the Buccaneers in Lakeland. The Moccasins have won 14 of the last 16 meetings between the two schools.
  • The 11 wins by Walsh is the most for a Moccasin pitcher since Max Russell finished the 2010 season with a 11-2 record. Walsh is just the third Moccasin pitcher since 1999 to record 11 wins in a season, joining Russell and Ryan Thompson, who was 11-2 in 2003.
  • The two homers on the day by Reeves gives him a team-high 14 on the season. The senior left fielder now has 25 home runs for his career, tying him with Wade Kirkland for seventh place on the FSC career list.
  • Cabrera was 5-for-8 in the doubleheader while Reeves and Mauer each went 4-for-7. Reeves finished with a pair of homers and seven RBI on the day. 

UP NEXT

  • The Moccasins close out the regular season with a three-game series at Saint Leo, playing a single game Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.