LAKELAND – Florida Southern took advantage of three errors to scored five unearned runs in a six-run third inning to rebound from a 3-0 deficit and defeat visiting Notre Dame College, 7-3, Thursday here at Henley Field.
T.J. Lett hit a one-out homer in the second inning off Moccasin starter Ben Richardson who then surrendered back-to-back singles to Nick Ely and Travis Smetana, but then held tough, getting the next two batters to fly out. Danny Beaver singled with one out in third inning for the visitors while Keifer Quick then took Richardson deep for a 3-0 Falcon lead. Notre Dame would get two more singles in the inning, but Richardson set Smetana down on strikes to end the threat.
Florida Southern (9-6) came back in the bottom of the frame to plate six runs. Pablo Cabrera opened the inning by being hit by a pitch while Logan Browning singled for runners on first and second. NDC starter Scott Barnum enticed a double play ball before allowing a single to Mitch Reeves for the first Moccasin run while Jason Sierra followed with a walk.
Dominic Brugnoni then reached on an infield error to load the bases. Shawn Sanders then hit a single to center field that was misplayed with two runs scoring. Falcon outfielder Danny Beaver tracked the ball down and hit the relay man, second baseman Julio Rosales, who threw wildly to third, allowing both Brugnoni and Sanders to score. Ryan Frost greeted reliever Chris Murphy with a triple and scored on a single from Cabrera.
After a pre-determined three innings, Richardson (4-1) was lifted for reliever Tyler Knowles, who retired the side in order in the fourth. Notre Dame put the lead-off man on base on the next two innings, but each time Knowles got the next three batters in a row in both frames.
Beaver started a threat in the seventh with a one-out single off Knowles, who was then replaced by Mitch McCarthy, who got an infield ground out for the second out. Ross Barker singled to put runners on first and second for Notre Dame. Lett then sent a shot to Moccasin right fielder Logan Browning who came up throwing to nail Beaver at home trying to score for the third out.
Meanwhile Carter Daniels, the third Notre Dame pitcher in the game, held the Moccasins scoreless through four innings despite surrendering doubles to Sam Machonis in the seventh and Sierra in the eighth.
Florida Southern's final run came in the eighth as Machonis singled for his third hit of the night and then scored on a triple by Reeves.
In addition to three hits from Machonis, Reeves, Sanders, and Sierra each had two hits for Florida Southern. McCarthy would record four strikeouts over his 1-2/3 innings while Craig Savage struck out two while working the ninth for Florida Southern.
The Moccasins will play again Sunday at home at Henley Field at 1 pm against Minnesota State-Mankato.