LAKELAND - Junior Logan Browning struck out a career-high 13 batters and Jason Sierra had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games as Florida Southern downed Embry-Riddle, 8-2, in the opening game of a three-game series here Friday at Henley Field. The win, the Moccasins eighth in a row, improves the team's record to 16-6 on the year, while the Eagles drop to 9-16.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Embry-Riddle got to Browning in the first inning for one run on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Camp.
- Florida Southern answered in the bottom of the first as Pablo Cabrera was hit with a pitch and was followed by a single by Mitch Reeves. Sierra then doubled to right field to drive in both runners and later scored himself on a single by Austin Mauer.
- The Eagles cut the Moccasin lead to 3-2 with a solo run in the top of the second on a RBI-single by Cole Habig.
- That was all Embry-Riddle could muster off Browning as the lefty recorded two strikeouts in each of the first two innings and whiffed one more in the third. He then struck out the side in the fourth inning and set down the first two batters in the fifth.
- Browning picked up another K in the sixth and struck out his final two batters in the seventh.
- Florida Southern added a solo run in the third on a RBI-ground out by Evan Barnes, scoring Sierra. The Moccasins scored a similar run in the bottom of the fourth as Reeves grounded out to third with the bases loaded with Vaun Brown scoring. A second run in the inning came across a single, passed ball and a wild pitch.
- The Moccasins got another run in the fifth on bases-loaded walk by Cody Burgess and plated their final run in the sixth on a Christian Maglich RBI-single.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern is now 9-4 all-time versus Embry-Riddle and leads the series 5-3 in games played at Henley Field. The win is also the Moccasins' fifth straight in the series.
- The 13 strikeouts by Browning marks the third straight game in which he has recorded double-digits in strikeouts. Over his last three starts, he has struck out 34 batters in 19.0 innings while allowing just three runs on 12 hits.
- A.J. Smith worked the last two innings for Florida Southern, recording three strikeouts and holding the Eagles scoreless on two hits.
- The Moccasin bullpen has allowed just one earned run (two runs total) in the last seven games and 19.2 innings pitched.
- Sierra's 11-game hit streak, the longest by a Moccasin over the last two seasons, matches his team-season high from 2016 and is one shy of his career longest streak of 12 games set in 2015 as a sophomore.
- The same two clubs go at it again Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Henley Field.