DAHLONEGA, GA – Florida Southern got home runs from Omar Villaman, Jacob Teter, Hayden Marze, and Alex Goebel while Logan Browning struck out nine in 6.1 innings as 19th-ranked Florida Southern downed #23 North Georgia, 8-4, in game one of a doubleheader here Friday at Bob Stein Field.
Browning then picked up a bat as the Mocs' DH in game two and went 4-for-4 while Marze added his second homer of the day as FSC posted a 7-4 win to sweep the twinbill.
The win keeps the Moccasins perfect on the season at 6-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE)
- Villaman gave the Moccasins a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, hitting his first homer of the season with two outs after Austin Mauer reached on a throwing error.
- After North Georgia plated an unearned run in the bottom of the third off of FSC starter Browning (1-0), Teter led off the fifth inning by homering on the first pitch he saw for a 3-1 Moccasin lead. The homer was Teter's second of the season.
- The Moccasins took advantage of some pitching wildness by North Georgia starter Cade Hiel (0-1) for three runs in the top of the seventh. Goebel drew a walk off of Heil to start the frame while Teter followed with a single to right field and Vaun Brown was plunked with a pitch to load the bases. Dylan Costa then plated Geobel and Teter with a single to right field to chase Heil. Cody Burgess greeted reliever Logan Burt with a sacrifice fly to left to score Cost and pad the Moccasin lead to 6-1.
- The Nighthawks cut the Mocs' margin to 6-3 on a two-RBI double by Conner Corbitt off Moccasin reliever J.T. Hintzen.
- Florida Southern quickly cut the two runs back in the eighth as Marze and Goebel went yard in back-to-back at-bats to give the Moccasins four homers in the game and increase the lead to 8-3.
- North Georgia threatened with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Corbitt hit a solo home and then loaded the bases on three consecutive walks before Leo Rodriguez came on in relief and got the strikeout to end the game and pick up his third save of the season.
- Browning went 6.1 innings to get the win and struck out nine while holding North Georgia to three runs – two earned – on six hits.
- Villaman led the Moccasins going 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI while Teter also went 3-for-4 with a homer and one run batted in. Burgess had a pair of hits for the Moccasins.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO)
- North Georgia grabbed a 1-0 lead with three hits in the bottom of the second off FSC starter Trevor Castell.
- Florida Southern answered with a four-run third as Pablo Cabrera led off the frame with a single up the middle while Austin Mauer drew a walk. After a sacrifice bunt, Browning doubled in the two runners while Marze followed with his second home run of the day to put the Moccasins ahead 4-1.
- The Nighthawks added an unearned run in the bottom of the third.
- The Moccasins added two runs in the fifth on a two-RBI single by Brown as FSC increased its lead to 6-1.
- North Georgia pulled within two, 6-4, on a two-run homer by Andres Perez off reliever Cole Crowder.
- Costa gave the Moccasins an insurance run in the top of the ninth, singling in Browning who led off the ninth with his third hit of the game.
- As in game one, the Nighthawks challenged in the ninth getting runners on first and second with two outs, but Leo Rodriguez struck out Nick Clarno to earn his second save of the doubleheader and his fourth on the season.
- Cabrera, Villaman, Brown, and Costa each had two hits in game two with Browning, Marze and Brown each driving in a pair of runss.
- Castell worked 6.0 innings to pick up his second win in as many starts this season. He struck out three and held North Georgia to two runs - one earned - on six hits.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the first time these two clubs have met on the baseball diamond.
- The five home runs on the day by the Moccasins give FSC a total of 13 round-trippers on the season. Florida Southern has hit at least one home run in each game this season and has homered in 16 straight games dating back to last season with 32 homers during that stretch.
- Cabrera was held hitless in five trips to the plate to see his 14-game hit streak come to a close. He did draw a walk in his final plate appearance singled twice in game two to extend his consecutive on-base streak to 16 games.
- The second-inning lead by North Georgia marked just second time this season, Florida Southern has trailed in a game. Both times, the Moccasins took the lead in the next inning.
- Florida Southern and North Georgia are scheduled to complete their three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m., but the forecast is for rain both Saturday and Sunday.