LAKELAND – Jake Walsh struck out 10 batters over 8.0 shutouts innings, retiring the last 19 batters he faced in order as 20th-ranked Florida Southern squeezed by No. 33 Mount Olive, 1-0, in college baseball here Sunday at Henley Field.
The Moccasins (5-2) scored the game's only run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Logan Browning drew a two-out walk off reliever Zach Vennaro (0-1) and scored on Austin Mauer's double to the gap in right center field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With one out in the first, Walsh (1-0) gave up back-to-back singles by Rick Surum and Zach Mozingo. David Mayo then singled to center fielder Vaun Brown who gunned down Surum at home trying to score from second.
- Walsh again got out of another jam in the second surrendering consecutive singles with two outs in in the second, but struck out Jack Sherrill to end the threat.
- It was all Walsh the rest of the way, retiring the next 19 batters in order before giving way to Cameron Hanes to start the ninth.
- Mount Olive made it interesting in the top of the ninth as Surum reached on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hanes struck out Mozingo and got Mayo to line out to short. After a walk, Gunner Tolston hit a hard grounder that Mocs' first baseman Jason Sierra made a nice stop on and raced to beat Tolston to the bag for final out.
- On the other side of the diamond, Mount Olive starter Brighton Hudson scattered seven hits and struck out five in working 7.0 shutout innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improves to 5-2 on the season while Mount Olive falls to 4-2.
- The Moccasins regain the advantage in the overall series by a 6-5 margin.
- The 10 strikeouts by Walsh were the most by a Moccasin pitcher since Ben Richardson struck out 11 in 7.0 innings versus Nova Southeastern University on April 28, 2016.
- Florida Southern has now shut out back-to-back opponents for the first time since 2011 when the Mocs beat Warner 6-0 on March 22 and Eckerd 4-0 on March 25.
- Omar Villaman went 3-for-4 for Florida Southern while five other Moccasins had one hit apiece.
- Florida Southern travels to Orangeburg, SC next weekend, Feb. 17-19, to play Claflin University in a three-game with all games starting at 1 p.m.