MELBOURNE, FL - A 6-0 deficit after just two innings of play proved to be too much for Florida Southern College baseball to overcome in a 12-2 loss to Florida Tech on Sunday in Sunshine State Conference action at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field. The Moccasins (20-17, 6-12) gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning as the Panthers (21-15, 10-8) picked up a series win over the Mocs for the first time since 2015.
Trevor Castell (4-3) took the loss after lasting just one inning and allowing four runs on six hits. Rhett Willis (3-1) picked up the win for the Panthers by limiting Southern to just two hits in five shutout innings. He struck out seven, walked just one, and did not allow a runner past second base. Matt DiNenna pitched the final four innings for the Panthers to grab his first save of the season. Alex Goebel drove in the only runs for the Moccasins, who were limited to three hits on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern got into a deep early hole when Castell faced nine batters in the first inning. The first three batters picked up a hit for the Panthers, punctuated by Jacob Buser's two-run double, before the first out was recorded. Blaise Maris rippd a one-out, two-run homer just two batters later to make it 4-0 and Florida Tech had the chance to do more damage with the bases loaded and two outs, but Pedro Rivera lined out to left to end the inning.
- Thomas Spinelli replaced Castell in the bottom of the second after the Mocs went down in order in the top half of the inning, but was unabe to slow the FIT offense. The Panthers scored two more runs in the inning, one on Buser's RBI double and another on a wild pitch. Florida Tech added on three more in the fourth on an RBI single and Maris' second two-run blast of the day to make it 9-0.
- The Moccasins finally got on the board in the top of the sixth when Alex Goebel drove in a pair of runs with a two-out, two-run single to right, but Florida Tech answered in the bottom half with an RBI double off the bat of Paul Quintero and a two-run homer from Vincenzo Catanza that pushed the lead to 12-2.
- Florida Southern would put just three runners on base the rest of the way, one in each of the remaining innings, but never really threatened as the Panthers took the final two games of the weekend series.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 103-32 all-time against Florida Tech, including a 43-21 record when facing the Panthers on the road. The loss marked the first time since 2015 that the Panthers have won a season series against the Mocs.
- The four hits by the Moccasins were the team's fewest in a nine-inning game since tallying two in a 4-0 loss to then No. 13 USC-Aiken on April 15, 2016. The Mocs had three hits in last year's scoreless tie at Mount Olive on March 8, 2018. That game was called with one out in the top of the seventh inning following an injury to one of the umpires.
- Despite going 0-for-3 at the plate, Jacob Teter reached base safely for the 37th game in a row when he walked in the eighth inning.
- Florida Southern is back home for a three-game series with Palm Beach Atlantic (April 18-19). The series begins with a single game on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Friday.