DAYTONA BEACH – The middle of the Embry-Riddle line-up combined for 11 hits and 10 RBI to hand Florida Southern a 12-6 loss, snapping the 12th ranked Moccasins' eight-game win streak here Saturday at Sliwa Stadium.
The game was originally scheduled to be part of a doubleheader starting a 1 p.m. on Saturday but weather concerns forced the two teams to play this game at 5 p.m. They'll make up the second game tomorrow at 12 p.m.
Embry-Riddle's Jonathan Camp had three hits while Joshua Garcia added two more. Kyle Zirbes collected three hits and drove in four runs while Matt Jacobs also had three hits and drive in five runs.
Both starting pitchers – Corey Tufts (6-1) for the Eagles and Cameron Hanes (1-4) for the Moccasins – set down the first nine batters in order on each side through the first three innings.
Florida Southern (16-7) broke through in the top of the fourth as Logan Browning opened the frame with a homer over the right field field for his fifth round-tripper of the season. Sam Machonis then singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch and Jason Sierra would drive him home with a single to left for a 2-0 Moccasin lead.
Enderson Velasquez returned the favor for Embry-Riddle in the bottom of the inning, greeting Hanes with a home run to left on a 2-1 count. Camp singled and scored one out later when Zirbes lined a shot back to the box that knocked down Hanes, who would leave the game. Reliever Tyler Knowles gave up a RBI-double to Jacobs and a run-scoring single by Zach Hughes for a 4-2 Eagles lead.
Embry-Riddle (18-9) kept rolling in the bottom of the fifth adding three runs on a Zirbes homer with two runners on base as the Eagles jumped ahead 7-2.
The Moccasins cut into the lead in the seventh as Mitch Reeves blasted a three-run homer of his own with Pablo Cabrera and Machonis on board for his fourth homer run of the season to pull FSC within two, 7-5.
The Eagles once again responded scoring twice in the seventh on a two-RBI single off the bat of Jacobs. Embry-Riddle wasn't done, plating three more runs in the eighth when Zirbes was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded and Jacobs followed with a two-run double.
Florida Southern mounted a rally in the top of the ninth as Sierra doubled with one out and Dominic Brugnoni and Shawn Sanders singled to load the bases. One out later, Kevin Fuller drove in Sierra, but ERAU reliever Joey Swinarski struck out pinch-hitter Walker Burgess to end the game.
Sierra had three hits for Florida Southern, which lost for the first time since Feb. 27, while Machonis and Sanders each had two hits for the Mocs.