SAINT LEO - Senior Mitch Reeves slammed three of the Moccasins' six home runs while Jake Walsh struck out 10 batters in 5.1 innings as 23rd-ranked Florida Southern defeated Saint Leo, 11-5, in game one of a doubleheader here Sunday at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus. In game two, Saint Leo jumped out to an 8-1 lead, but the Moccasins rallied back with four homers to tie the game, but Saint Leo prevailed 10-9 in 10 innings to earn the split of the twinbill. FSC finishes the regular season with a 34-15 overall and 12-12 mark in the SSC while the Lions end their year at 23-26 and 8-16.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After waiting 24 hours to get the game underway due to rain, the Moccasin wasted no time getting things started as Cody Burgess led off the game by hitting the second pitch he saw from Saint Leo starter Eoin McAvinchey (2-7) over the left center field fence for his 13th home run of the season. Pablo Cabrera then doubled and scored on back-to-back ground outs. Mitch Reeves and Logan Browning then went deep in back-to-back at bats for a 4-0 Moccasin lead. It was Reeves' 15th home run and Browning's fifth.
- Saint Leo answered with a two-run homer by Dylan Harris in the bottom of the first off Florida Southern starter Jake Walsh (12-1), to cut the Moccasin lead to 4-2.
- Florida Southern got the two runs back in the next inning as Kevin Fuller opened the frame by singling up the middle while Christian Maglich drove him in with a double in the next at bat. Burgess then knocked in Maglich with a single for a 6-2 Moccasin advantage.
- Reeves continued his power display with his second homer of the game to lead off the third inning. Browning singled and Jason Sierra walked with both scoring on a double by Fuller to chase McAvinchey. Reliever Ryan Nolan got one out and then gave up a single to Burgess for his third hit in as many innings, but Fuller was thrown out at home to end the inning.
- Walsh was in command for the first four innings, striking out 10 batters, before allowing a run in the fifth on a hit batter, walk, wild pitch, and a single. A.J. Smith relieved Walsh with one out in the sixth inning and finished the game for the Mocs to pick up his first save of the season.
- After the Lions put up a solo run in the eighth, Omar Villaman led off the ninth with a homer while Reeves followed with his third round-tripper of the game to increase the Moccasin lead to 11-4.
- A.J. Rainaldi capped the game's scoring with one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)
- Like game one, the Moccasins' first run came via the long ball as Cabrera hit a one-out homer (his fourth of the year) with one out in the first inning off Saint Leo starter, Jordan Pendleton.
- Saint Leo then jumped on Florida Southern starter, Chase Pilato, for a pair of runs on two hits in the first, and then sent 10 men to the plate, scoring six runs (five off of Pilato) in the second on five hits to grab an 8-1 lead. The Lions added a solo run on two hits off reliever Tyler Knowles in the fifth inning. Knowles would work 3-2/3 innings and strike out six Saint Leo batters.
- Florida Southern got two runs in the seventh as Sierra led off with a double and one out later, Maglich was hit by a pitch. Burgess followed with a double to left center scoring both runners and cutting the Lions lead to 9-3.
- The Moccasins cut further into the Lions' lead as Reeves singled to center field with one out in the eight and Browning followed with his second homer of the doubleheader. One out later, J.P. DeBoyer singled off reliever Dan Twitty, who then gave way to Whitaker (5-1). Maglich greeted the new pitcher with a homer to left field to cut the Saint Leo lead to 9-7.
- Florida Southern tied the game in the ninth as Cabrera led off with a single and Austin Mauer followed with his 11th homer of the season and the Moccasins' 10th round-tripper in the doubleheader.
- Saint Leo scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a walk and two singles off Moccasin closer Cameron Hanes (1-3).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern College leads the all-time series with Saint Leo, 132-49, including a 58-29 record in games played at Saint Leo.
- Reeves' three home runs gives him 17 on the season, the second most in Moccasin history, trailing only Jhalan Jackson, who hit 20 homers in 2015. For his career, Reeves now has 28 homers, tied fourth on the Moccasins' all-time list.
- The 10 home runs in the doubleheader give Florida Southern 76 on the season, tying the school record set by the 1999 team.
- The last time Florida Southern hit six homers in one game was on March 14, 2010 when Kelvin Clark hit three, Trae Gore had two, and Wade Kirkland hit one homer in a 12-0 win versus Valdosta State.
- Walsh's 10 strikeouts gives him 103 on the season, the most for a Moccasin pitcher since Max Russell recorded 109 strikeouts in 2010. Walsh is the 25th Moccasin pitcher to strike out 100 or more in a season while the junior righthander's 12 wins in tied for fifth most in program history. Today marked the second straight start and fifth time this season Walsh has had 10 strikeouts.
- The Moccasins will have a short wait to learn their postseason fate as the NCAA selection show is tonight at 10:00 ET and may be viewed at NCAA.com.