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Browning Collects Four Hits to Power Mocs to 16th Straight Win

Logan Brown singled twice and doubled twice to drive in two runs
Logan Brown singled twice and doubled twice to drive in two runs

WEST PALM BEACH - Logan Browning had base hits in four straight at bats and drove in a pair of runs as No. 19 Florida Southern defeated Palm Beach Atlantic, 7-2, in game one of a doubleheader here Saturday at Rubin Field. The win is the Moccasins' 16th in a row and raises the team's record to 24-6 while the Sailfish fall to 20-14. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Palm Beach Atlantic combined a Moccasin error with a single and sacrifice to grab a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off Florida Southern starter Jake Walsh (7-1).
  • The Moccasins broke on the scoreboard in the top of the third, pushing across a pair of runs on a single to center field by Jason Sierra. Cody Burgess drew a one-out walk, while Pablo Cabrera was hit by a pitch in the next at bat. Both runners moved over on a ground out with both crossing home on Sierra's base knock to center field.
  • The Sailfish added a unearned run in the fifth inning to tied the score at 2-all.
  • Florida Southern opened the game up with a five-run seventh innings. Mitch Reeves started the rally drawing a walk off PBA starter Sean Horner (3-2) while Jason Sierra was plunked with a pitch in the following at bat. Omar Villaman then reached on a fielding error to load the bases and Browning then doubled to left field to score Reeves and Sierra and chase Horner. Austin Mauer greeted reliever Kevin Fry with a double to right field to score Villaman and Browning with Mauer later scoring on a throwing error.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Florida Southern leads the all-time series with Palm Beach Atlantic, 23-6, which includes a 8-3 record in games played in West Palm Beach.
  • The 16-game win streak by the Moccasins is the longest since the 2005 team opened its season with 18 straight wins.
  • Mauer's homers were his third and fourth of the season.
  • Cabrera singled in the eighth inning to run his hit-streak to 10 games in which he is 16-for-40 for a .400 clip.
  • Sierra has hits in 18 of his last 19 games and is 22-for-67 during the stretch for a .328 average.
  • Villaman singled in his first at bat and is now 18-for-31 his last seven games for .581 mark and has hits in 13 of his last 14 games in which he has gone 28-for-62 for a .452 average. 
  • Walsh worked 7.2 innings, holding the Sailfish to two unearned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
  • J.T. Hintzen worked the final 1.1 innings and retired each of the four batters he faced in order. He has not allowed a earned run in his 14.2 innings over his last nine outings.

UP NEXT

  • After finishing today's doubleheader, the Moccasins return to Lakeland on Friday and Saturday to host Rollins in a three-game series. Game one is Friday at 6 p.m. with a 1 p.m doubleheader on Saturday.