WINTER PARK, FL - Pablo Cabrera drove in five runs and third-ranked Florida Southern scored eight runs in each of the seventh and ninth innings to hand Rollins a 22-5 defeat Saturday in Sunshine State Conference baseball here Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium. The win is the Moccasins' sixth straight and raises the team's record to 28-4-1 overall and 11-3 in the SSC while Rollins, which has lost eight straight, falls to 16-16 overall and 4-10 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Rollins jumped on Moccasin starter Thomas Spinelli (5-1) for two runs in the bottom of the first on a single and double, plus two walks, and a wild pitch.
- The Moccasins answered with two runs in the top of the second off Rollins starter Cameron Enck (2-4). Logan Browning opened the inning a single up the middle to extend his hit streak to 11 games. Hayden Marze followed with a base hit to left field while, one out later, Alex Goebel drove in Browning with a single to left. Dylan Costa and Vaun Brown followed with back-to-back singles for the Moccasins second run to knot the contest at 2-all.
- The Tars took the lead back, 3-2, on an RBI-single by Cameron Meehan in the bottom of the second.
- Florida Southern went ahead, 4-3, in the top of the third, scoring two runs on two hits. With one out, Goebel reached on an error while Costa and Brown followed with consecutive singles for a game-tying run while, after a walk, Costa scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Mauer for the Moccasins' fourth run.
- Pablo Cabrera, last night's hero with a bases-loaded clearing base hit in the top of the ninth, hit a two-run homer with Brown on board on a walk for a 6-3 Moccasin lead. The home run is Cabrera's third on the season.
- After Rollins added a solo run in the bottom of the sixth, Florida Southern sent 12 men to the plate for eight runs in the top of the seventh. Jacob Teter got the Moccasins' big inning started with a single up the middle while Goebel was hit by a pitch, Costa walked, and Brown was plunked with another pitch to force in Teter for a 7-3 lead. Cabrera then greeted reliever A.J. Trovatto with a single to right to score Goebel and Costa and increase FSC's lead to 9-3. Brown then scooted home on a wild pitch for the Mocs' and Mauer singled in Cabrera. Villaman then beat out an infield single but was erased on a fielder's choice by Browning. Marze then singled to third to score Mauer while Browning also scored as the third baseman's throw went into right field and Marze advanced to the third on the error. He wasn't there long as he soon scored on a wild pitch to lift the Mocs to a 14-4 lead. Teter, batting for the second time, drew a walk to chase Trovatto. Reliever Brett Scafidi got Goebel to fly out to the wall in right-center and then caught Costa looking to end the Mocs' 8-run inning.
- The Tars added one run in the bottom of the seventh on three singles.
- Florida Southern closed out the scoring with eight runs in the top of the ninth on six hits and three Rollins' errors. Browning, Marze, Teter (two), Costa, and Cabrera all collected singles in the inning with Mauer adding a double.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the 223rd meeting between these two storied programs. Florida Southern leads the overall series 149-74 including a 65-46 lead in games played in Winter Park. This is the 17th win for the Moccasins in the last 23 meetings in the series.
- Browning finished 3-for-6 on the day to raise his batting average to .476 on the season. He has now reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
- Cabrera went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI while Teter was 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two more driven in. Marze and Costa both finished with three hits as the Moccasins outhit the Tars 22-10.
- Spinelli gets the with five with five strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings the sophomore held the Tars to four runs on seven hits. Matt Martin tossed one inning and allowed one run on three hits while Cole Crowder tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Mike Palaez closed out the game with two strikeouts in 1-2-3 ninth.
- With eight runs in both the seventh and ninth innings, Florida Southern has scored five or more runs in an inning nine times in the last six games.
- The 22 runs scored marks the fifth time in the last 17 games the Moccasins have scored 20 or more runs. FSC has outscored its opponents, 105-28, in the last six games.
- Florida Southern and Rollins wrap up their three-game SSC series with a 1 p.m. game here on Sunday at noon. The Moccasins return to Lakeland for a three-game series, Friday through Sunday, April 13-14 against Florida Tech.