BOCA RATON, FL - Austin Mauer hit a first-inning grand slam, but 16th ranked Florida Southern couldn't hold on to the lead as Lynn rallied for a 14-8 win over the Moccasins in the Sunshine State Conference season opener for both teams. Florida Southern falls to 8-3 on the season while Lynn improves to 8-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first on one hit - the one hit being the grand slam by Mauer. With two outs, Mitch Reeves and Jason Sierra drew back-to-back walks and Logan Browning reached on an infield error to load the bases while Mauer cleared them with his first homer of the season for the Moccasins.
- Lynn got one run back in the bottom of the first inning as Patrick Dorrian walked to lead off the inning and Miguel Ceballos doubled off Browning to place runners on second and third with no one out. Jarren Pinkney lofted a all to deep center that Cody Burgess made an over the head coach for the out with Dorrian scoring. However, Burgess gunned down Ceballos trying to advance to third after the catch.
- Browning got out of a jam in the second after allowing consecutive two-out singles by Tyler Curtis and Jonathan Corbitt. The junior lefty recovered to get Alex Turner to ground out to Jason Sierra at first.
- The Knights cut the Moccasins' lead to 5-3 with a pair of runs in the third on RBI-singles by Karl Ellison and Curtis.
- Lynn jumped on Browning for three straight singles with one out in the fourth as the Knights tied the game at 5-all and chase the Moccasin starter. Tyler Knowles came on in relief for Florida Southern and retired two of the next three hitters to end the rally.
- The Knights went ahead 8-5 in the sixth on a three-run homer by Tyler Curtis, his fourth of five hits in the game.
- Lynn blew the game open with a six-run seventh inning, sending ten men to the plate off a pair of Moccasin pitchers. The Knights combined five singles with two hit batsmen to take the 14-5 lead.
- Florida Southern came back to score three runs in the top of the ninth on a double by Pablo Cabrera and RBI-singles by Burgess and pinch-hitter, J.P. DeBoyer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern leads the overall series with Lynn, 54-31, including a 21-14 advantage in games played in Boca Raton, but the Knights have won the last six meetings.
- Burgess and Mauer each had two hits for Florida Southern while DeBoyer, Cabrera, and Reeves each had one hit as Lynn outhit the visitors, 19-7.
- Jake Kinney tossed a scoreless ninth for the Moccasins.
- FSC continues its Sunshine State Conference series against Lynn with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader here on Saturday. The Moccasins return to Lakeland on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against Flagler at Henley Field.