MOUNT OLIVE, NC - Austin Mauer hit a grand slam and drove in six runs total while Logan Browning also homered and drove in three runs as 4th-ranked Florida Southern mashed No. 19 Mount Olive, 12-2, here Monday at Scarborough Field. The win is the Moccasins' sixth in a row and improves the team's mark to 17-1, which is the best start to a season since the 2005 team began 20-1 before going on to win the program's ninth NCAA Division II national championship. The loss snaps an eight-game win streak by the Trojans and drops their record to 13-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, tallying three runs on just one hit in the top of the first inning. Cody Burgess drew a lead-off walk off Mount Olive starter, Jose Padron (0-1), while Pablo Cabrera singled to right for Florida Southern's lone hit of the inning. Padron then misplayed a bunt by Mauer for an error with Burgess scoring on the play. Mauer was sacrificed to second with Browning drawing a walk to chase Padron. Reliever Steven Worley came on and walked Hayden Marze forcing in Cabrera while Mauer scored on an infield groundout for a quick 3-0 lead.
- Florida Southern broke out the bats in the second with five different players collecting a base knock. Dylan Costa and Burgess hit back-to-back singles to start the frame. One out later, Mauer singled in Costa with Burgess scoring on a sacrifice fly by Omar Villaman. Logan Browning then deposited a pitch over the right-field fence for his second homer of the season and a 7-0 Moccasin lead. Marze got the final base hit, singling to center field.
- Browning would account for the Moccasins' seventh run, singling to right field to score Cabrera, who led off the fourth with a single to left center field.
- Mauer then gave the Moccasins a huge margin with a grand slam in the fifth inning. Florida Southern had loaded the bases on a hit batsman, a walk, and a misplayed infield grounder. The homer, Mauer's fourth of the season, gave the senior catcher six RBI on the day and boosted the Moccasins lead to 12-1.
- Thomas Spinelli (2-0) started for the Moccasins and worked 6.0 strong innings with three strikeouts and six hits allowed while holding the Trojans to a pair of runs. Alex Kennell worked two innings and allowed one run while Logan Verrino, a recent call-up from the junior varsity squad, worked a scoreless ninth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern now leads the all-time series with Mount Olive by a 7-5 margin.
- Mauer's grand slam was the Moccasins' third bases-loaded home run of the season as Marze hit one on Feb. 3 in a 7-5 home win over West Florida and Burgess had one in the Moccasins' 19-7 win at Barry on Feb. 24.
- Mauer was 3-for-5 on the day while Cabrera was 3-for-6 at the plate. Browning and Marze both had two hits as Florida Southern outhit Mount Olive, 13-10.
- Cabrera's three hits extended his hit streak to 10 games in which he is 17-for-42 for a .405 average. The 10-game hit streak matches Dylan Costa, who had a 10-game streak from Feb. 3-23, for longest of the season for Florida Southern.
- With the 13 hits today, Florida Southern is now batting .366 in the last six games with 78 runs scored.
- Home runs by Mauer and Browning today give the Mocs seven homers in the last three games.
- Florida Southern takes on Mount Olive once again tomorrow with the game time moved up to 11 a.m. from an original 1 p.m. first pitch due to a forecast calling for rain late in the day.