LAKELAND - Jake Walsh struck out seven batters in 6.0 innings of two-hit ball while the Moccasin offense cranked out 15 hits, including a school-record tying nine doubles as Florida Southern breezed to a 18-2 win over visiting West Virginia Wesleyan here Sunday at Henley Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Walsh, who improved to 3-1 on the season, limited the Bobcats to a single in the second inning by Ryan Kiser and held WVWU hitless until James Fraser hit a one-out single in the sixth inning to score the only run Walsh allowed.
- Florida Southern (10-6) took advantage of three consecutive errors by WVWU (0-3) to score four unearned runs in the first inning. Logan Browning doubled in one run while Austin Mauer followed with a two-run double of his own.
- The Moccasins plated two more runs in the second on a double by Cody Burgess and a two-run single by Browning.
- Burgess doubled again in the third to drive in one run while Jason Sierra gave the Moccasins a 9-0 lead.
- Back-to-back singles by Burgess and Vaun Brown and a bases-loaded walk by Browning pushed the Moccasins to a 12-0 after four innings.
- Florida Southern added a solo run in the fifth on a triple by Pablo Cabrera and another run-scoring single by Burgess.
- After the Moccasins were held scoreless in the sixth, a two-RBI double by Garrett Conner, followed by a run-scoring double by Scottie Withrow led to a 3-run seventh inning.
- The final Florida Southern runs came in the eighth as Tommy Georgevich led off with a walk and scored on an Evan Barnes double. Barnes would later score on a sacrifice fly by Caberera for the final 18-2 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The nine doubles ties a Florida Southerrn last set in 2001 in an April 17 game at Warner Southern and before that on Feb. 20, 1988 against Boca Raton.
- Burgess finished 4-for-5 on the day with three runs scored and three more driven in while Browning drove in four runs.
- Nine different player had at least one hit for the Moccasins, including Brown, Withrow, and Browning each had two hits. Conner, Sierra, and Mauer each had two RBI for Florida Southern.
- J.T. Hintzen turned in the relief appearance of the game for the Moccasins, coming into the game with one out and the bases loaded, only to strike out back-to-back batters to end the threat. Trevor Castell worked the ninth for FSC and struck out a pair of batters.
- The 18 runs scored by Florida Southern marks the fifth time this season the Moccasins have had 10 or more runs in a game while the 15 hits marks the fourth time in the last five games and ninth time overall the team has reached double digits in hits.
- Florida Southern plays a non-conference Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and then returns to Sunshine State Conference play, March 10-11, at Florida Tech in Melbourne.