LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College baseball was swept by Kentucky Wesleyan in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday at Henley Field. The Moccasins (6-7) allowed 13 hits in a 14-4 loss to the Panthers (5-8) in game one and fell just short in a 4-3 defeat in game two. The teams will wrap up their three-game series with a 4 p.m. contest on Friday.
Cody Duke, Ricky Gonzalez, and Zach Scott each tallied two hits in the first game on Thursday, while Zach Diewert homered in game two, but Kentucky Wesleyan pounded out 19 hits on the day and got a pair of solid starts from its pitching staff to sweep the doubleheader. Matt Martin (1-2) will take the mound for the Mocs tomorrow as Southern looks to salvage a win in game three of the series.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE | 9 INNINGS
- The Panthers got off to a fast start in the first game when Cam Curry line a shot over the left field wall with one on and one out to make it 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Kentucky Wesleyan plated five runs in the third on a sacrifice fly, a two-run double, and a two-run homer by Chase Andrews to go up 7-0. Southern scored its first run on Vaun Brown's sac fly in the bottom of the third, but the Panthers scored five more in the top of the fourth to make it 12-1.
- Joseph Burke hit a three-run homer with one out in the fourth and Andrews followed up with a two-run double four batters later to put the game out of reach. The Mocs got two runs back in the fourth when Jacob Teter scored on a wild pitch and Duke hit an RBI single up the middle, but Kentucky Wesleyan tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth to make it 14-3. Duke's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth made the final 14-4.
- Jacob Kelley (1-1) took the loss for the Mocs after allowing seven runs in 3.0 innings while Chris Johnson (2-1) picked up the win for the Panthers by tossing 7.1 innings and scattering 10 hits. Alec Hammond tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief for Florida Southern.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO | 8 INNINGS
- Game Two got off to a great start for Florida Southern when Diewert hammered a two-out pitch to left to make it 1-0 in the first. Cooper Bradford looked dominant in the early innings on the mound as he held the Panthers to just one hit while recording four strikeouts in his first three innings of work. However, Kentucky Wesleyan broke through in the fourth when Brayden Sisson scored on a passed ball to tie things up.
- In the fifth inning, Sisson drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Panthers up 2-1 and Burke plated a second run with an infield single to short to give KWC a 3-1 lead after four and a half innings. Florida Southern rallied in the bottom of the fifth when Ricky Gonzalez hit an RBI double to left center and came around to score on an error in the next at-bat. The Mocs had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but Gonzalez struck out with the bases loaded.
- After a scoreless seventh inning, Kentucky Wesleyan scored the game-winning run when Gonzalez, who made an incredible play by ranging to his right to grab a ball deep in the hole, slipped while trying to throw a runner out at first and Andrews came around to score. Alex Franzen picked up his second save of the year for the Panthers as he sat the Mocs down in order in the bottom of the eighth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 4-2 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan. The Moccasins finished with 16 hits on the day, 11 in the first game and five in the second, but stranded 11 baserunners and struck out 13 times.
- Cabrera, who went a combined 1-for-6 on Thursday, needs just 42 more hits to move into the top 10 in school history. He has recorded 186 hits in four seasons, with a career-best 71 last year.
- Teter has reached base safely in all 13 games this year.
- Florida Southern and Kentucky Wesleyan close out their three-game series with a 4 p.m. contest on Friday. The Moccasins will face Minnesota State on Monday at 6 p.m. and take on Felician in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.