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Machonis & Brugnoni Combine for Seven Hits as Mocs Double Up Embry-Riddle 10-5

Ben Richardson picked up his NCAA Division II leading sixth win.
Ben Richardson picked up his NCAA Division II leading sixth win.

DAYTONA BEACH – Sam Machonis and Dominic Brugnoni combined for seven hits as Florida Southern downed Embry-Riddle, 10-5, here Friday at Sliwa Stadium. The victory is the Moccasins' eighth in a row and keeps the team undefeated in the month of March as the squad improves to 16-6.

Ben Richardson was the benefit of a 13-hit Moccasin attack, working 6-1/3 innings to pick up his NCAA Division II leading sixth win against one loss. The senior allowed a pair of runs on nine hits, but also struck out six Eagle hitters.

Embry-Riddle, a provisional member of the Sunshine State Conference struck first with a solo run in the bottom of the second inning as Matt Jacobs singled home Jonathan Camp, who lead off the frame by drawing a walk off Richardson.

The Moccasins grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the third as Logan Browning hit his fourth homer of the season with Pablo Cabera aboard while Machonis collected his second of four hits, singling to center. Machonis then stole second and moved to third when the catcher's throw went into centerfield. One out later, Brugnoni would single in Machonis with the first of his three singles on the night.

Florida Southern added a solo run in the top of the fifth as Machonis singled and scored on a single from Jason Sierra. Machonis would add a two-run homer in the sixth inning with two out and Evans Barnes on base for a 6-1 lead.

Jonathan Camp got one run back for the Eagles, 17-9, with a solo homer with two outs in the sixh off the Moccasin starter. Richardson would give up back-to-back singles after that, but struck out Jacobs to end the threat.

The Moccasins took advantage of wildness on the part of a pair of Embry-Riddle hurlers who combined for three walks and four wild pitches in the eighth inning. Two of the Mocs' four runs in the frame scored via the wild pitch while Brugnoni and Cabrera added RBI-singles. For the game, Embry-Riddle pitchers uncorked a total of eight wild pitches.

The Eagles made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh loading the bases with one out off Richardson. Brady Arenson came on in relief and struck out back-to-back batters to end that threat.

In the eighth, Embry-Riddle broke through as reliever Walker Burgess issued a lead-off walk and then a run-scoring single by Enderson Velasquez. Jacobs drew another walk while, one out later, Cody Bogart singled in one run while Tobias plated another with the the third single of the frame. Mitch McCarthy then entered the game and, like Arenson, whiffed back-to-back batters to stifle the rally.

The Eagles made one more run at the Mocs as Camp doubled to lead off the ninth and then moved to third on a fly out. Velasquez walked to put runners on the corners with the one out. Jacobs flew out to Browning in right field, who fired home. Camp stayed put at third but Barnes gunned down Velasquez trying to advance to second on the play to end the game.

Browning, Machonis, and Jason Sierra each had two runs batted in for the Mocs while Barnes had two hits. 

The two teams combined to strand 23 runners with the Mocs leaving 12 men on base.

The Mocs are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Embry-Riddle on Saturday at 1 pm.