LAKELAND - Cody Burgess blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and power Florida Southern to a 7-2 win over Ohio Dominican in a game called in the top of the seventh due to a power outage in the Henley Field area. The win is the Moccasins' seventh in a row.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ohio Dominican (7-2) grabbed a very quick lead as Tony Evans hit the first pitch of the game by Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro (2-0) over the left field wall.
- Florida Southern (15-6) tied the game in the bottom of the first as Pablo Cabrera and Mitch Reeves singled in back-to-back at bats with one out. One out later, Omar Villaman singled to left field scoring Cabrera, but Reeves was thrown out at home trying to also score on the play
- The Moccasins took a 2-1 lead in the second as Christian Maglich drew a two out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Evan Barnes followed with a triple to right field to plate Maglich.
- The Panthers tied the game in the top of the third as Noah Bland singled to lead off the frame and then stole second. After moving to third on a ground out, Bland trotted home when Niekro was called for a balk.
- In the fourth inning, Logan Browning singled to lead off the frame. Two outs later, Barnes was hit by a pitch and Burgess followed with a homer to right field for a 5-2 Moccasin lead. The round-tripper was Burgess' seventh of the season, moving him into sole possession of the team lead.
- Florida Southern added a pair of runs in the fifth on a run-scoring triple by Jason Sierra and a RBI-single by Villaman for a 7-2 Moccasin advantage.
- Ohio Dominican had a runner on second with two outs in the top of the seventh when a power outage struck the Henley Field area. After a delay, the game, which was played in a light rain, was called at that point.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Tonight's game was just second meeting between the two clubs. Florida Southern won the previous meeting, 7-6, in a game played on March 7, 1995 at the University of North Florida.
- Sierra's triple in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest for any Moccasin this season.
- The two triples in the game by Sierra and Barnes matched the team's total for the previous 20 games.
- Niekro worked 5.0 innings to get the win for Florida Southern. The freshman righthander held Ohio Dominican to two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
- Tyler Knowles came in to relief Niekro to start the sixth inning and kept the Panthers off the scoreboard on one hit with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.
- Florida Southern returns to action this Friday and Saturday, hosting Embry-Riddle for a 6 p.m. game on Friday and a 1 p.m. double on Saturday