DAYTONA BEACH - Florida Southern overcame a 5-0 deficit with a nine-run sixth inning to defeat Embry-Riddle 12-6 in game two of a Friday doubleheader here at Sliwa Stadium. The Mocs took game one, 12-3, behind a pair of home runs by Hayden Marze. With the sweep, the 3rd-ranked Moccasins move to 26-4-1 on the season with a 9-3 mark in the Sunshine State Conference while the Eagles fall top 10-19 and 6-9.
Florida Southern outscored Embry-Riddle 50-13 in the three-game series and outhit the Eagles, 52-26. The Moccasins have now scored 71 runs and collected 69 hits during their recent four-game win streak. Logan Browning was a key factor in the today's sweep with eight hits and five runs scored.
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME 1
- After a scoreless first inning, Browning, the SSC's leading hitter with a .412 batting average, opened the second with a single through the left side. Marze then followed with his 13th homer of the season. Jacob Teter and Vaun Brown then hit back-to-back singles as the FSC opened the frame with four straight base hits. Two outs later, Pablo Cabrera lined a singled to right field to score Teter and Brown and give the Mocs a 4-0 lead.
- Browning opened the third inning with a triple to right-center field, but the Moccasins couldn't capitalize, leaving him stranded.
- The Moccasins added a solo run in the fourth as Brown drew a lead walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dylan Costa. Brown then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Cabrera for a 5-0 FSC lead.
- Things got a little scary for the Moccasins in the bottom of the fourth as leadoff batter Jackie Malone line a ball to right center. The right fielder Browning and center fielder Burgess collided with Browning holding onto the ball. Both players were shaken up on the play and the game was delayed for several minutes while both were attended to. Fortunately, both players were able to remain in the game at that point, although Burgess did not come out to start the bottom half of the inning. But Spinelli, who had set down the first ten Eagles in order, seemed to be affected as he gave up a home run to the first batter, Kyle Guttveg, when play resumed and then surrendered a single to Kyle Marsh before regrouping and striking out the next two batters to end the inning with the Moccasins ahead 5-1.
- Marze got the run back for the Moccasins, blasting a one-out homer to center field for his SSC-leading 14th home run. The home run was Marze's fourth in his last six at-bats in the series and his sixth hit of the series. Florida Southern added another run in the inning as Teter doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make the score 7-1.
- Embry-Riddle cut into the Florida Southern lead to 7-3 with a two-RBI triple by Kyle Marsh in the bottom of the sixth.
- Florida Southern answered with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh as Browning and Marze hit back-to-back singles and Teter followed with his own base knock to drive them both in for a 9-3 Florida Southern lead.
- The Moccasins continued their scoring ways with three more runs in the top of the eighth. Christian Maglich, who replaced Burgess in the line-up, led off the inning on a walk and moved to second on a single by Cabrera, who collected his third hit of the game. Maglich would then score on two wild pitches. One out later, Maglich would score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Villaman. Browning then singled for his fourth hit of the day while Marze was plunked with a pitch for the 13th time this season. Teter followed with an RBI single for his fourth hit of the game for a 12-3 margin.
- Florida Southern's 5-6-7 hitters in the lineup combined to go 11-for-14 with eight runs scored, six RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run.
- Spinelli (4-1) worked 6.0 innings and struck out eight while issuing no free passes in holding Embry-Riddle to three runs on five hits. Matt Martin allowed one hit on three shutout innings to pick up his second save of the year.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME 2
- After tossing two scoreless innings, Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro surrendered five straight singles and a double to open the third as Embry-Riddle jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
- Florida Southern got one run back in the top of the fourth on a pair of walks and an infield groundout by Dylan Costa.
- The Moccasins then exploded for nine runs in the top of the sixth as 14 men made a trip to the plate off a trio of Eagles pitchers. Alex Goebel was hit by a pitch to start the inning while Teter singled and Maglich was also plunked with a pitch to load the bases. Costa hit a grounder to shortstop that was misplayed allowing Goebel to score. Brown then doubled the left field line to plate Teter and Maglich while Cabrera walked. Browning then singled for the third time in the game to drive in Costa and Brown while Cabrera would score on a groundout. Marze drew a walk while, Goebel, up for the second time in the frame, doubled in two runs. The final run scored on an error as the Moccasins went ahead 10-5.
- Florida Southern tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh as Cabrera drew a lead-off walk while Browning doubled for his fourth hit of the game and ninth hit of the doubleheader. Villaman then laced a ball to right field to drive in Cabrera while Browning scored when the rightfield overran the ball.
- Embry-Riddle notched a run in the bottom of the eighth on a lead-off homer by Zach Howard.
- J.T. Hintzen came on to start the fourth in relief of Niekro and struck out eight in 5.0 innings of work while holding the Eagles to one run on five hits to go to 6-0 on the season. Leo Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth to close the game out for Florida Southern.
- In addition to Browning's four hits, Villaman, Goebel, and Teter, each had two hits as the Mocs totaled 12 hits in the contest. Goebel also scored three times while Cabrera and Browning both scored twice.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improves to 11-4 versus Embry-Riddle, including a 7-1 record in Daytona Beach.
- Marze's two homers in game one give him 14 on the season, which ties him with seven others for fifth place on the Mocs' all-time single-season ranking. He hit four homers and drove in eight runs in the first two games of the series. It is the third time the junior DH has gone deep twice in a game. He also had two dingers in last night's 26-4 win and hit a pair of homers on March 12 in a 4-3 loss to Lynn.
- Florida Southern was held without a home run in game two, snapping a streak of homering in 10 consecutive games with 21 total homers during that span. The Mocs now have 51 home runs on the year and have homered 132 times over the last two seasons.
- Browning has now reached base in a team season-high 21 consecutive games. With hits in both games, he extends his hit streak to 10 games. He went 8-for-11 with five runs scored in today's doubleheader and is batting .488 with 20 hits in 41 at-bats during his 10-game hit streak.
- Florida Southern continues action in the Sunshine State Conference with a three-game series at Rollins College in Winter Park on April 6-8. This season, the conference is experimenting with playing three single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday versus the usual single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday. FSC also plays the new three-day series at home against Florida Tech (April 13-15), on the road at Palm Beach Atlantic (April 20-22), and finally at home again to face Nova Southeastern (April 28-30).