LAKELAND – Sam Machonis singled home Pablo Cabrera with a go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as 17th-ranked Florida Southern rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to top Winona State, 4-2, in non-conference action here Wednesday at Henley Field.
Winona State, 2-9, took advantage of a walk, a passed ball, and an infield fielding error to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning off Florida Southern reliever Chase Pilato.
Florida Southern, 11-6, got one run back in the bottom of the frame as Jason Sierra doubled with one out while Dominic Brugnoni followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Shawn Sanders then laced a single to right field to score Sierra, but Brugnoni was thrown at third on the play.
The Moccasins broke through in the seventh as Sanders led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Frost. After a fly out, Cabrera singled to right field to score Sanders with the tying run. Logan Browning then singled up the middle to chase Warriors' starter Mitchell Stalsberg (1-2).
Machonis then greeted reliever Mitch Voter, who began the game as the Winona State designated hitter, with his go-ahead RBI to left field to score Cabrera.
Florida Southern added an insurance run in the eighth as Sierra led of the inning with a double. One out later, Sanders hit a grounder to the shortstop Kipp Youngquist, who tied to Sierra at third, but the throw was wild. Sierra later scored the Mocs' fourth run of the day on a passed ball.
A.J. Smith started on the mound for the Moccasins and held Winona State to a pair of harmless singles in his designated three innings of work. Smith struck out a pair of Warrior batters and did not allow a runner past first.
Florida Southern used six pitchers in the game. Following Smith and Pilato, Alex Marzilli tossed a scoreless fifth striking out the side, but also walked two batters. Walker Burgess started the sixth for the Moccasins and worked a pair of shutout innings to get his first win of the season. Burgess struck out three in the seventh. Mitch McCarthy retired the side in order in the eighth while Craig Savage did the same in the ninth to get his first save.
The Moccasins return to Sunshine State Conference play this Friday night at 7 at Henley Field against Florida Tech. Prior to the game, FSC will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the winning of the 1981 NCAA National Championship with over 20 players and coaches from that team expected to attend.
The three-game Florida Tech series concludes with a 1 pm doubleheader on Saturday.