Moccasins Use Longball To Take Two From Baseball

L.T. Struble was 3 for 6 despite a pair of losses on Mar. 6, 2019. (Dave Schofield)
L.T. Struble was 3 for 6 despite a pair of losses on Mar. 6, 2019. (Dave Schofield)

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Southern College baseball team hit three home runs in each game and totaled 30 base hits to win both ends of its non-conference doubleheader from visiting Felician University, 7-4 and 24-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Henley Field.

FSC sophomore first baseman Jacob Teter (Melbourne, Fla.) homered three times on the day. Senior shortstop L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) was a combined 3 for 6 for Felician (2-8). The Golden Falcons were playing twice in one day for the first time this season.

In game 1, Moccasin junior Zach Scott (Lakeland, Fla.) opened the scoring with a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. FSC used three hits and a Felician error to tack on a pair of runs in the fourth for a 5-0 edge.

The Golden Falcons scored three times in the fifth. With two outs, junior Mike Martinez (Union City, N.J.) doubled home a run, and later came home on a two-run single by Anthony Condito (Nutley, N.J.).

But Moccasin reliever Jacob Kelley (Auburndale, Fla.) entered and held the visitors off the scoreboard for the next three frames. Back-to-back home runs by Teter and Christian Maglich (Sarasota, Fla.) in the eighth extended FSC's lead to 7-3, rendering Ronnie Sessa's (Chester, N.J.) run-scoring fielder's choice grounder in the ninth inconsequential.

Felician senior right-hander Will Kazura (Linwood, N.J.) (1-1) worked seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. His counterpart, FSC junior righty Trevor Castell (Chiefland, Fla.) (1-1) earned the victory by scattering eight hits over five frames. Castell struck out six Golden Falcons and walked none. Kelley was credited with his first save of 2019.

Struble was 2 for 4. Moccasin junior Chris Tidwell (Lakeland, Fla.) went 2 for 2.

Game 2 was a scheduled seven-inning affair. The Moccasins battered seven Felician pitchers for 21 hits and drew 11 walks in their six offensive frames.

Teter was 4 for 4 with 10 RBI. He blasted a three-run home run during his team's five-run first inning, walked in the second, grounded an RBI single in the third, lined a two-run single in the fourth, hit another three-run homer in the fifth, and lofted a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Teammate Collin Camarigg (Naples, Fla.) went 4 for 4 with six runs scored.

For Felician, junior catcher Carlos Bermudez (Miami, Fla.) had a two-run single in the second inning, and junior third baseman Jasson Corniel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) a three-run triple in the fifth. Junior James Greig (Staten Island, N.Y.) was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored off the Golden Falcon bench.

Felician faces Molloy College on Friday at 1 p.m. on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, Fla.