LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College baseball suffered its first three-game series sweep in nearly two years as it dropped both games of a doubleheader, 8-0 and 11-2, to Barry on in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday afternoon at John Rodda Stadium at Henley Field. The No. 13 Moccasins (6-5, 0-3 SSC) fell behind the Buccaneers (8-3, 4-2) early in both games and never really got on track offensively.
The Mocs were limited to just two baserunners in the first four innings of the early game, which allowed Barry to build a 7-0 lead, and gave up five runs in the first inning of the series finale and never recovered. In all, the Bucs pounded out a combined 24 hits to Southern's 12 and got two outstanding starts on the mound from Myles Gayman (1-1) and Alejandro Cabrera (2-1), who combined to record 13 strikeouts over the two games
Matt Martin (1-2) took the loss in game one after allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits in 3.1 innings of work. Carson King (2-1) suffered his first career loss after also allowing seven runs (six earned) in six innings in game two. He surrendered five runs in the top of the first, including a first-pitch home run that set the tone for the game. Zach Diewert and Zach Scott each had two hits in game one, while Vaun Brown picked up two in the finale. Diewert homered in the second game, his third of the year.
GAME ONE: HOW IT HAPPENED
- Barry plated two runs in the second inning on Ariel Diaz's homer to left and brought in two more in the top of the third when Chris Cabrera doubled after the Mocs failed to turn a double play on a fielding error. A pair of RBI singles in the fourth made it a 7-0 game, and the Bucs added on an insurance run in the ninth on another run-scoring single.
- Florida Southern failed to get a runner into scoring position until the seventh inning but was unable to come up with a run despite having a man on third in both the seventh and eighth innings.
GAME TWO: HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Buccaneers got off to a fast start when JC Garcia lined the first pitch of the game over the left field wall to make it 1-0. A bases-loaded single brought in a run four batters later, and Paul Salata made it 4-0 with a two-run single in the next at-bat. Deyvid Silva's RBI single later in the inning made it 5-0 before the Mocs had even sent one hitter to the plate.
- Florida Southern got two runs back in the bottom of the third when Diewert smashed a two-run homer to left, but it would be all the closer the Moccasins would get as Barry plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and scored twice in both the seventh and eighth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 77-23 all-time against Barry, including 39-13 when facing the Bucs at Henley Field.
- Cabrera, who went a combined 2-for-7 on Saturday, needs just 43 more hits to move into the top 10 in school history. He has recorded 185 hits in four seasons, with a career-best 71 last year.
- Diewert has a hit in all 11 games this season. He leads the Mocs in batting average (.429), doubles (5), home runs (3), and RBI (13). Cabrera, Diewert, and Teter have all reached base safely in each game this year.
- Saturday's game one shutout was the first for Florida Southern since a 12-0 loss to Nova Southeastern on April 30, 2016.
- Florida Southern steps out of conference play to take on Kentucky Wesleyan in three games from Feb. 28 - March. 1, and will face Minnesota State in a single game on March 4 and Felician in a doubleheader on March 6 before heading to Claflin (March 8-10).