WEST PALM BEACH - Chase Pilato struck out six over 7.2 innings while limiting the Sailfish to one run as 19th-ranked Florida Southern downed Palm Beach Atlantic, 6-4, here Saturday in game two of a doubleheader. The win is the Moccasins' 17th in a row and improves the team record to 25-6 while the Sailfish drop to 20-15.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern scored twice in the first inning on just one hit as Mitch Reeves singled with two outs and was followed by a hit batters, a pair of walks, and a wild pitch by Palm Beach Atlantic starter David Paul (4-2)
- The Moccasins added a solo run in the third as Logan Browning hit his third double of the doubleheader to lead off the frame and later scored on a single by Vaun Brown.
- It was another double, this time off the bat of Jason Sierra, which accounted a Moccasin run in the sixth inning. Pablo Cabrera singled with one out and one out later, scored on Sierra's two-bagger to center field.
- Yet another double accounted for a solo run in the seventh inning for the Moccasins as Browning collected his sixth hit of the twin bill and later scored on a double by Austin Mauer.
- Mauer, who homered twice in Friday's game, went deep once again to lead off the ninth inning for the Moccasins sixth run. The junior catcher now has five homers on the season.
- Palm Beach Atlantic rallied for three unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth and had runners on first and third with two out before Cameron Hanes came on to entice a fly ball to end the game and earned his ninth save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern leads the all-time series with Palm Beach Atlantic, 24-6, which includes a 9-3 record in games played in West Palm Beach.
- The 17-game win streak by the Moccasins is the longest since the 2005 team won 18 in a row to start the season which ended in a NCAA Division II national championship.
- Cabrera had two hits in the contest to extend his hit-streak to 11 games in which he is 18-for-44 for a .409 clip.
- Sierra has hits in 19 of his last 20 games and is 23-for-72 during the stretch for a .319 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.
- Vaun Brown led FSC with three hits while Cabrera, Browning and Mauer each had two hits.
- 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.