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.
- 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.