ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A pair of big innings, one for the visiting team and one for the home team, proved to be the difference as Florida Southern College baseball split a doubleheader at Eckerd on Saturday at the Turley Athletic Complex. The Moccasins (14-10, 1-5 SSC) dropped the first game to the Tritons (16-9, 7-5) by an 8-7 final, but cruised to a 17-1 victory in game two.
Matt Martin (3-3) suffered the loss in game one by allowing eight runs on eight hits in just 1.2 innings of work, but Carson King (3-2) shined in game two by allowing just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings. The Moccasin bullpen tossed a combined 9.1 innings of scoreless relief during Saturday's doubleheader, with Jacob Kelley tossing 5.1 shutout innings in the first game as the Mocs nearly rallied to win.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE
- Martin got off to a rough start as he allowed five hits, four singles and a double, which allowed the Tritons to plate eight runs in the bottom of the second. Eckerd scored its first run after Sam Cochrane walked to lead off the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single. A sacrifice fly and an RBI double made it 3-0 with one out, and Southern's early problems were compounded by an error on a single down the left field line that allowed two runs to score to make it 5-0.
- With two outs in the inning, the Tritons hit back-to-back singles with the bases loaded to score two more and plated their eighth run of the inning on a bases-loaded walk before Kelley induced a fly ball to right to finally end the inning.
- Neither team got on the board again until the top of the sixth when Zach Diewert smashed a two-run shot to left to make it 8-2. Alan Burnsed hit a solo shot to left center in the seventh to slice the deficit to five (8-3) and launched a three-run shot to right center in the top of the eighth to make it 8-6. Colin Camarigg hit a sac fly to left later in the inning to pull the Moccasins within one (8-7) before the end of the inning.
- The Mocs had a golden chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Ryan Frost struck out swinging to end the game as the rally fell just short for Southern.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO
- The start of the second game was the exact opposite of the first as the Mocs put seven runs on the board in the top of the first. Diewert got things started with a three-run homer to right center, and Zach Scott and Cody Duke hit back-to-back two-out RBI singles to make it 5-0 and chase Eckerd starter Drew Martin from the mound. Frost hit a two-run shot to right to make it 7-0 before the Tritons had even stepped to the plate.
- Scott added two more runs in the fifth with a two-run blast to left center before Eckerd finally got on the board in the bottom half to make the score 9-1. It would be all Moccasins from there, however, as Southern struck for three runs in the sixth, four in the seventh, and one in the eighth to put the game well out of reach.
- The Moccasin pitching staff allowed just four hits and struck out 10 in the game-two victory. Cole Crowder, Leo Rodriguez, and Camarigg each tossed one scoreless inning in relief, with Rodriguez and Camarigg striking out the side in their appearances.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern moved to 145-40 all-time against Eckerd, including a 66-24 record when facing the Tritons on the road.
- Jacob Teter reached base safely in both games on Saturday to increase his on-base streak to 24 games. Scott (13), Ricky Gonzalez (13), and Vaun Brown (11) have also reached safely in at least 10-straight games.
- The Mocs head to Flagler on Tuesday and will play a three-game series at Lynn next weekend.