LAKELAND – Logan Browning struck out nine and scattered seven hits in 6.0 innings to lead 25th-ranked Florida Southern to a 7-2 win over Barry here at Henley Field on Senior Day. The win improves the Moccasins to 31-13 overall and 9-10 in the Sunshine State Conference while the Buccaneers fall to 23-25 and 10-12.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins jumped out quickly, scoring four runs in the first inning on singles by Cody Burgess, Pablo Cabrera, Omar Villaman, aided by a Barry throwing error and a sacrifice fly by J.P. DeBoyer. Two of the runs were unearned.
- Florida Southern added another unearned run in the second on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Austin Mauer.
- Meanwhile, Browning struck out five Barry batters in the first two innings, before running into trouble in the third as the visiting Buccaneers plated two runs on three hits including a two-run by Alexis Monge.
- The final two Moccasin runs came in the seventh inning on a two-out, two-run home run by DeBoyer, his first collegiate home run.
- Tyler Knowles came on to start the seventh in relief of Browning and gave up a hit and a walk before giving way to J.T. Hintzen with two outs and two men out. Hintzen struck out Reuben Pino to end the threat and came back to retire the side in order in the eighth,
- Cameron Hanes started the ninth for the Moccasins and set down the first two batters he faced on two pitches before getting Justin Lamzares to fly out end the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improves to 73-19 against Barry and is now 34-10 versus the Buccaneers in Lakeland. The Moccasins have won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the two schools.
- Browning and Hintzen combined to strike out 12 Barry batters. For Browning, this marked the 11th time this season he has struck out five or more hitters in a game. The junior lefty came into the weekend leading the Sunshine State Conference with 87 strikeouts and now has 96 on the season – the most since Max Russell recorded 109 strikeouts in 2010.
- DeBoyer's homer gives Florida Southern 62 round-trippers as a team, the most since the 2010 team hit 63 home runs.
- Mauer and Villaman each had two hits for Moccasins while DeBoyer drove in three runs and Villaman knocked in a pair.
- This three-game series with Barry marks the final home games for 11 Moccasin seniors: Evan Barnes, Walker Burgess, Kevin Fuller, Hanes, Alex Jones, Knowles, Mitch McCarthy, Mitch Reeves, Craig Savage, Jason Sierra, and A.J. Smith. Barnes, McCarthy, Reeves, Savage, and Smith all graduated from Florida Southern on Saturday.
- The Moccasins wrap up their regular season home schedule with a noon doubleheader with Barry Monday at Henley Field.
- Florida Southern then concludes the regular season with a three-game series at Saint Leo on May 12-13.