SnakeBytes VOLUME 16: Issue 28

MAUER EARNS SSC WEEKLY HONOR ... Austin Mauer has been named the Sunshine State Conference Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 2. He is the third Moccasin to earn SSC honors this season, joining Jake Walsh (Feb. 13) and Logan Browning (March 6), who both earned SSC Pitcher of the Week recognition (read more)

BASEBALL RUNS WIN STREAK TO 17 GAMES ... The baseball team edged Flagler, 1-0, last Tuesday as a quartet of Moccasin pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout (read more). FSC then traveled to West Palm Beach to sweep Palm Beach Atlantic in three games. Austin Mauer hit a pair of home runs to lead FSC to a 8-5 win on Friday (read more) while Logan Browning cranked out four hits on a 7-2 win in game one of a Saturday doubleheader (read more). Chase Pilato continued his hot pitching with a 7-2/3 inning, six strikeout performance as the Mocs took game two, 6-4 (read more). FSC, now 25-6 overall and 6-3 in the SSC, hosts Rollins College this weekend at Henley Field, playing Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

THE STREAK ... The current 17-game win streak is the longest for the Moccasins since the 2005 team started the season with 18 consecutive wins before going on to win the Division II national championship. The FSC record is 28 straight victories set by the 1981 team, which also ended its season with a NCAA title. Moccasin pitchers have been the key during the streak, posting a 1.78 earned run average in the last 17 games. The streak has propelled Florida Southern to a No. 10 national ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine poll.

WOMEN'S LAXERS EDGE OUT FLORIDA TECH ... A series of late heroics led Florida Southern College women's lacrosse to a thrilling, 12-11 overtime victory against visiting Florida Tech on Saturday at Bryant Stadium. The No. 4 Moccasins (13-2, 2-0 SSC) scored with nine seconds to go in regulation to send the game to overtime, and Shannon Mazza put home the game-winner less than a minute into the extra period to pick up a big Sunshine State Conference win against the No. 10 Panthers (read more). The Mocs play another SSC match this Saturday, traveling to Tampa on Saturday before returning home on April 11 to face Rollins.

FROM THE STAT SHEET ... Megan O'Brien has a team best 38 goals and has added 17 assists for a team-best 55 points. Kendall Kerge is close behind O'Brien with 26 goals while assisting on six scores for 42 goals while Emily Santoli has 25 goals and 14 assists for 47 points. Julia Couch is tops on the team with 20 assists. Alanna Zambetti has a 6.70 goals against average with 45 saves in 9 matches while Taylor Gillis has a 10.48 GAAvg. and 59 saves in 8 matches.

O'BRIEN PICKS UP SSC OFFENSIVE PLAYER HONOR ... Florida Southern College women's lacrosse junior Meghan O'Brien has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week. O'Brien's honor is the third SSC Offensive Player of the Week award of her career (read more).

GILLIS NAMED SSC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ... Florida Southern College women's lacrosse senior Taylor Gillis has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season (read more).

WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT ARGONAUT INVITE ... For the second day in a row, all five Florida Southern golfers shot in the 70s, with freshman Amanda Gartrell and junior Abbey Williams leading the way, as the Moccasins finished third at the Argonaut Invitational in their final event of the regular season (Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2). Florida Southern will be the host institution for the Sunshine State Conference Championship April 23-25 at the Country Club of Winter Haven.

MEN'S GOLF PLACES EIGHTH AT BARRY TOURNEY ... Junior John VanDerLaan added another top-five finish to his résumé after shooting a final-round 73, and sophomore Christian Anderson posted a matching score Tuesday as 4th-ranked Florida Southern closed out the regular season with an eighth-place finish in The Battle at the Shores hosted by 3rd-ranked Barry University (Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2). Florida Southern will compete next in Sunshine State Conference championship April 23-25 at the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne.

MEN'S LACROSSE FALLS ON THE ROAD ... Florida Southern College men's lacrosse was unable to overcome an early 3-0 deficit in a 19-8 loss at Florida Tech on Saturday at Panther Stadium. The Moccasins (6-5, 1-1 SSC) dropped their first Sunshine State Conference contest of the year while the Panthers (6-4, 2-0) stayed atop the conference standings (read more). FSC will play next at No. 13 Tampa on April 5.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS ... Cody Dyer leads the Mocs with 20 goals and has seven assists for a team-high 27 points. Seth Leonard (9 goals, 13 assists), Tyler Kopen (18 / 3), and Colin Bayer (11 / 9) all have 20 points or more. Matt Lalli has a 10.48 goals against average and has recorded 145 saves in 11 matches.

MEN'S TENNIS LOSES ONE, HAS ONE RAINED OUT ... In its only match of the week, Florida Southern fell, 9-0, to Barry, the nation's second-ranked team, on Saturday (read more). The Moccasins' (10-7, 3-2 SSC) scheduled match on Tuesday at Rollins was called off after earlier rains in Winter Park left the courts unplayable. No make-up date has been announced.

Florida Southern has two regular season matches remaining – April 8 at home versus Saint Leo, and April 11 at Embry-Riddle – before the Sunshine State Conference Championships on April 20-22.

FROM THE STAT SHEET ... Miguel Alvarez-Hevia has the best record on the squad while Laurent Mailloux is next at 10-6. Jose de Sario, Brian Slivonik, and Oscar Soderlund all have nine wins.

WOMEN'S TENNIS SPLITS TWO MATCHES ... Florida Southern fell, 9-0, on the road to second-ranked Lynn on Saturday (read more), but rebounded with a 6-3 triumph over Nova Southeastern on the road on Sunday (read more).

FSC (11-5, 5-2 SSC), plays Thursday at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach and returns to Lakeland on Saturday, April 8 to take on Palm Beach Atlantic. The Moccasins home finale is April 12 against Saint Leo with the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on April 20-22.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS ... Lola Asis and Natalija Popovic share the team lead with 11 wins this season. Popovic is 11-4 while Asis is 11-5. Lorena Rionda is 9-5 on the year while Sasha Nionova and Avery Hunter have 7-1 and 6-1 records, respectively.

SOFTBALL SWEPT ON THE ROAD ... Florida Southern traveled to Palm Beach Atlantic and was swept in three games by the Sailfish (Recaps: Fri. | Sat.)

FROM THE STAT SHEET ... Shannon Bell leads the squad with a .328 batting average and well as 23 runs and eight doubles. Erica Morrissey is next with a .312 mark and 17 runs scored while Leah Pemberton is third with a .283 average. Brandi Jones has a 1.77 earned run average and a team-high 54 strikeouts. FSC (13-19, 4-11 SSC) is outhitting its opponents (.261 to .253) and outscoring its opponents by a 101-98 margin. The Moccasins hosts Florida Tech this weekend, April 7-8, at the Auburndale Softball Complex.

TRACK TEAMS COMPETE AT SPIKES CLASSIC ... Both the men's and women's track teams competed in the Spikes Classic held last Friday at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Hannah Wilson had the top performance for the women, placing third in the 5,000-meter (read more). On the men's side, Warran Grajalez paced the men's team with a 8th place finish in the 5,000-meter (read more).

QUARTET OF MEN RAN AT PEPSI RELAYS ... Some member of the men's team participated in the predominantly Division I University of Florida Pepsi Relays on March 30-April 1. On Thursday, Bobby Ormsby turned in the third fastest time for a Moccasin runner in the 5,000-meter with a 14:46.02 (read more). On Friday, Evan Quinones posted the fifth fastest 1500-meter time in FSC history with a 2:53.23 mark.

Both teams will compete this Saturday at the University of North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville.

Demolition of the tennis courts, batting cages, and lights have taken place.

BARNETT ATHLETIC COMPLEX ... Work has begun on the construction of the Barnett Athletic Complex which will be the home of the men's and women's soccer teams as well as the men's and women's lacrosse squads. The complex will also feature the Chris Bellotto Softball Field. Work is expected to be completed in time for the Fall soccer seasons. Check out the progress throughout the summer on our Facebook page photo album.

Catheine Brusie '15 has been named an assistant volleyball coach at Wingate University in North Carolina. She was a two-time All-SSC player for Florida Southern in 2013 and 2014 ... Jay Gibbons, who played basketball at Florida Southern from 1999-2001, is the director of video services for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four this season ... Nancy Blakeslee Hopper '86, a two-time All-SSC Moccasin volleyball player in 1983-84, has been named the director of athletics for John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce ... Megan Dzikas '12, has been selected to the "Thirty Under 30" list by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association which recognizes 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches under the age of 30. Dzikas, who is FSC's 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,368 points from 2009-12, just completed her first season as an assistant coach at Saint Leo University ... Matt Joyce '06, now playing for the Oakland Athletics, began his 10th season in Major League Baseball this week. Last season, while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he hit his 100th career home run.

FOLLOW THE MOCS LIVE! ... We've made it easy for fans to find live video, live stats and eScores by putting them in one, convenient spot in our all-new Gameday Central page. Simply visit fscmocs.com/gameday and click the links or any of the photos, and you'll be directed to whichever multimedia platform you use to follow the Mocs! Plus, on the same page, you can sign up for e-scores and have Moccasins results sent right to your phone.

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE ... We've made a change in our social media addresses. Look for @FSC_Mocs on Twitter and Instagram as well as FSCMocs on Facebook.

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Apr. 5

  • • 7:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse vs. Tampa (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Thu., Apr. 6

  • 3:30 pm - Women’s Tennis at Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Apr. 7

  • 6:00 pm - Baseball vs. Rollins (Henley Field)
  • 7:00 pm - Softball vs. Florida Tech (Auburndale Softball Complex)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Apr. 8

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at UNF Invitational (Jacksonsville(
  • 11:00 am - Men’s Tennis vs. Saint Leo (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball vs. Rollins - DH (Henley Field)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball vs. Florida Tech - DH (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 1:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Palm Beach Atantic (Warden Tennis Complex)
  • 1:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse at Tampa (Tampa)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Tue., Apr. 11

  • 3:30 pm - Men’s Tennis at Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Rollins (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Apr. 12

  • 3:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Saint Leo (Warden Tennis Complex)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Apr. 14

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at Bison Outdoor Classic (Lewisburg, PA)
  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic (Daytona Beach)
  • 2:00 pm - Baseball at Lander - DH (Greenwood, SC)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Apr. 15

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at Bison Outdoor Classic (Lewisburg, PA)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at Lander (Greenwood, SC)
  • 1:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse at Rollins (Winter Park)

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