LAKELAND - Logan Browning struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings while Florida Southern put up a pair of six-run innings as the second-ranked Moccasins breezed to a 15-2 win over Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference action here Friday at Henley Field. The win, the Moccasins' eighth in a row, moves the Mocs to 30-4-1 overall and 13-3 in the SSC while the Panthers drop to 14-22 and 6-10.
Florida Southern hit three home runs in the contest, including a grand slam by Hayden Marze, a two-run shot by Austin Mauer, and a solo blast by Jacob Teter and outhit the Panthers, 16-7, as nine different Moccasins had at least one hit. Dylan Costa had three doubles for the Mocs while five others each had two hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Browning (7-2) punched out two of the three batters he faced in the first inning and added solo strikeouts in the second and third frames before picking up all three outs on strikeouts in the fourth. He added two more K's in the fifth and seventh innings for his most strikeouts since whiffing 13 batters on March 17, 2017, against Embry-Riddle. Florida Tech did not have a batter advance second base until the seventh inning when pinch-hitter Jared Pearson walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.
- The Moccasins jumped on Florida Tech starter Ty Cohen (4-3) for six runs in the first - all but one unearned. After Pablo Cabrera reached on a one-out error, Mauer homered over the left field fence for his sixth round-tripper of the season. One out later, Marze was hit by a pitch for the 14th time this season while Teter, Christian Maglich, and Vaun Braun hit consecutive singles. Costa then doubled to center field to drive in a pair of runs for a 6-0 Moccasin lead.
- Florida Southern added two more runs in the fourth as Cabrera reached on a fielder's choice and Mauer got on by another Rollins' error. Omar Villaman then singled in Cabrera while Mauer came across on a sacrifice fly Teter.
- The Moccasins then put up their second six-run inning of the game in the fifth – all with two outs. Cody Burgess got the ball rolling with a two-out double while Cabrera and Mauer followed with singles and Villaman walked to chase Cohen. Marze then greeted reliever Jake Buck by hitting a pitch over the left field wall for his 16th homer of the season and his third grand slam of 2018. Teter then followed with his eighth home run for a 14-0 Moccasin lead.
- Rollins spoiled the Moccasins' shutout bid with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth off of reliever Alex Kennell. Logan Verrino closed out for Florida Southern with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the 127th meeting between Florida Southern and Florida Tech with the Moccasins holding a 97-30 advantage in the series, including a 57-11 record in Lakeland.
- Browning's 11 strikeouts tie him with Wayne Kessler (1976-77) for 13th place all-time at Florida Southern. Tonight's start was the lefty's 42nd of his career, tying him with Tracy Toy for sixth most at Florida Southern.
- In addition to Costa's three hits, Cabrera, Mauer, Villaman, Marze, and Teter each had two hits while Burgess, Maglich, and Brown each had one base hit.
- Marze's 16 homers are tied with Justin Hancock (2002) and Ryan McHugh (1995) for third-most in FSC history. Next for Marze is Mitch Reeves' 17 home runs hit last season. The Moccasin record of 20 home runs was set by Jhalan Jackson in 2015.
- Florida Southern entered the week ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II with 54 home runs and added three more in today's game. The Moccasins have now hit 135 homers over the last two seasons.
- The Moccasins have now scored 125 runs on 124 hits during their current eight-game win streak.
- The 15 runs mark the 12th time in the last 23 games that Florida Southern has scored 10 or more runs.
- With rains in the forecast for Sunday, the Moccasins and Panthers will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. at Henley Field instead of singles games Saturday and Sunday.