LAKELAND – Jake Walsh struck out seven batters and scattered five hits while allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings while Pablo Cabrera, Austin Mauer, and Christian Maglich all homered as 10th ranked Florida Southern rocked Rollins, 12-1 in the opening game of a Sunshne State Conference doubleheader here Saturday at Henley Field. The Tars came back to record a 9-1 win in game two to split the two games.
With the split, Florida Southern stands at 26-7 overall and 7-5 in the league while Rollins moves to 19-14 overall and 5-7 in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- Pablo Cabrera gave the Moccasins a 1-0 lead in the first with his second homer of the season and then upped FSC's lead to 2-0 in the third with a single to drive in Christian Maglich.
- The Moccasins pick up two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Logan Browning to drive in Mitch Reeves while Jason Sierra also scored on the play on a Rollins' throwing error.
- Florida Southern then exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning, sending 12 men to the plate. Cody Burgess tripled in FSC's first run of the big inning, scoring Vaun Brown, and then scored himself on a passed ball. Cabrera followed with his third straight hit of the game while Reeves doubled in a run. Sierra then sent a shot up the middle to drive in Cabrera and Reeves and chase Rollins' starter, Brian Auerbach. Omar Villaman greeted reliever Mike Gaughan with a single while one out later Mauer blasted a three run homer. Maglich then followed with a homer in the next at bat to cap the eight-run inning.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- One day removed from hitting five home runs in a 11-9 win Friday night, Rollins also repeated the effort with four more homers in a 9-1 win in game two on Saturday.
- The Tars got a solo shot by Peter Nicoletto in the first inning off FSC starter Chase Pilato (4-2) and then added three round-trippers in a six-run third inning as Mike Purcell, Christopher Corbett and Mike Dolan all went deep for Rollins.
- Rollins starter Brad Case (5-4) kept Moccasins off the bases, allowing just a first inning double by Reeves in the first seven innings. Florida Southern managed just two other base runners in those seven frames with Cabrera being hit by a pitch in the fourth and Ryan Frost reaching on an error in the sixth.
- Logan Browning scored the Moccasins' only run, singling off Case to lead off the eighth inning and later scored on a single by Brown.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Moccasins lead the all-time series with Rollins, 147-74.
- Cabrera's three hits in game one extended his hitting streak to 13 games, but he was held hitless in game to have his streak end. The 13 games ties Jason Sierra for the longest streak by a Moccasin this season.
- Browning saw his nine-game hit streak come to a close in game one.
- Mauer's homer in game one was his fifth in the last five games and his seventh of the season.
- Walsh raised his record to 8-1 with his win in game one. The junior pitcher lowered his ERA to a team-low 1.80 on the year.
- Florida Southern take a break from Sunshine State Conference play for a three-game series April 14-15 at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. The Moccasins will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
- FSC returns to Henley Field on April 21-22 to take on the University of Tampa in a three-game SSC series.