LAKELAND, FL - A big early deficit and a series of defensive miscues proved costly as Florida Southern College baseball fell to Minnesota State, 10-7, in non-conference action on Monday night at Rodda Stadium at Henley Field. The Moccasins (7-8) went down 7-0 after three innings of play before closing the gap to 8-6 in the sixth inning, but the Mavericks (5-2) scored a pair of insurance runs late in the game to seal the win.
Carson King (2-2) suffered the loss for the Mocs after allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits and five walks in 2.2 innings, while Jimmy Larson (1-0) picked up the win for Minnesota State by scattering 12 hits and striking out 11 in 6.0 innings of work. He allowed seven runs, but just one earned, and Collin Denk tossed three innings in relief to earn the save. Florida Southern pounded out 13 hits but committed seven errors in the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins got off to a rough start when they allowed a run to come across on a throwing error in the top of the first and gave up a solo homer to go down 2-0. The Mavericks added two more runs in the second, one on an error and another on a wild rundown play that saw Southern tag a runner out on a 5-2-4-1-2-3 play in the field. However, a runner crossed the plate from third on the play and Florida Southern trailed 4-0 after two innings.
- Minnesota State tacked on three more in the third when Jordan Hart launched a solo shot over the right field wall, his second homer of the game, to right field to make it 5-0. The Mavs scored on a throwing error and an RBI double before the end of the inning to make it 7-0.
- Florida Southern finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an error that loaded the bases with one out. With two outs and the bags full of Moccasins, Austin Huber singled to left and Jacob Teter and Isaiah Cullum came around to score to make it 7-2.
- A sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth extended Minnesota State's lead to 8-2, but the Mocs struck for four runs in the bottom of the inning to slice the deficit to 8-6. Another fielding error by the Mavericks allowed Florida Southern to load the bases with one out and with two away, the Mocs hit three-straight singles to plate four runs. Vaun Brown got things started with a two-run single to left center, and Colin Camarigg and Zach Scott followed up with a pair of one-run singles to make it 8-6 after six innings.
- Each team scored in the seventh as Minnesota State plated a run on another Florida Southern error that made it 9-6, but the Mocs got one back when Teter hit a laser over the right field fence to cut the Mavs' lead back to two (9-7).
- One final fielding mistake proved to be a big one as Minnesota State scored on an outfield error in the top of the eighth to make it 10-7 and give Denk the cushion he needed to close things out. The Mocs got the potential tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth, but Cody Duke went down swinging to close things out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 3-2 all-time against Minnesota State, including a 2-1 record when facing the Mavericks at home.
- Four different Mocs had two hits, but Southern stranded 10 runners on base. Brown and Huber each drove in two runs. All nine of Florida Southern's hitters struck out at least once.
- The Moccasins will take on Felician in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Henley Field before heading to Claflin for a three-game weekend series (March 8-10)