LAKELAND, FL - Pablo Cabrera doubled to drive in J.P. DeBoyer with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and lift 19th-ranked Florida Southern to a 4-2 win over West Florida in the opening game of the season for both teams here Friday night at Henley Field. The win backed an eight strikeout, three-hit stint by Logan Browning and a 3-for-4 night by Omar Villaman.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern struck first as Hayden Marze reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by DeBoyer to give Florida Southern a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
- West Florida evened the game as Matt Sullivan led off the fifth inning with a home run to left field.
- The Moccasins grabbed the lead back with a lead-off home run of their own as Austin Mauer opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a line drive blast to left field.
- The Argonauts knotted the march once again in the seventh as Mike Branche drew a walk off Moccasin reliever J.T. Hintzen to start the seventh inning. One out and two walks later, Mason Dinesen drove in Branche with a sacrifice fly to center field.
- In the deciding bottom of the seventh, DeBoyer drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a single by Cody Burgess while Cabrera delivered his tie-breaking double. Florida Southern added an insurance run one batter later as Mauer drove in Burgess with an infield ground out.
- Browning took the hill to start the game for the Moccasins and struck out eight West Florida batters, striking out the side in the second and getting two of three outs in the third via the strikeout. The senior lefty limited the Argonauts to one run on three hits.
- Hintzen took the win with two innings of hitless relief work while newcomer Leo Rodriguez picked up the save with a scoreless ninth on a pair of strikeouts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 22-19 against West Florida, including a 14-7 mark at Henley Field. Tonight's win was the fifth straight victory by the Moccasins in the series.
- The Moccasins are now 45-17 in season openers and have a 34-10 record in home openers.
- Cabrera's double extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season while Mauer's homer gives him an eight-game hit streak going back to 2017.
- These same two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.