LAKELAND - Jake Walsh struck out 10 batters and Pablo Cabrera had four hits in a 8-0 win in game one while the Moccasins hit three home runs in a 11-1 win in game two as Florida Southern swept a doubleheader from Embry-Riddle here Saturday at Henley Field. Florida Southern has now won ten games in a row to improve to 18-6 on the season while Embry-Riddle falls to 9-18.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME ONE
- Walsh (5-1) retired the first nine batters he faced before surrendering a line drive to left field by Christopher Medina with one out in the fourth. The junior righthander then set down the next four batters before Cody Bogart doubled down the left field field. Walsh recovered to strike out the next five batters and left the game after 8.0 innings of work, facing just two batters over the minimum.
- Florida Southern scored the game's first runs in the third inning, getting two tallies on RBI-singles by Cabrera and Jason Sierra.
- The Moccasins added two more runs in the the fifth on a two-run homer by Mitch Reeves, his seventh of the season.
- Florida Southern combined a double by Vaun Brown with singles by Cody Burgess and Reeves for two more runs in the seventh.
- Cabrera capped a 4-for-4 game with a two run single in the eighth to finish with four runs batted in.
HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO
- Embry-Riddle scored first in the second game, collecting three hits for one run in the first inning off Moccasin starter Chase Pilato (2-1). Pilato scattered eight hits while striking out seven and holding the Eagles to the one run.
- Florida Southern answered with a RBI-single off the bat of Omar Villaman in the bottom of the first to tie the score.
- Reeves singled in Cabrera in the third as the Moccasins took the lead back, 2-1.
- The Moccasins played long ball in the fifth as Reeves and Sierra hit back to back homers with two outs in the innings. Reeves' blast, his second of the day, was his team-leading eighth of the year while Sierra's shot was his fourth.
- Florida Southern set 12 men to the plate in the eighth, scoring seven more runs. Cabrera led off the onslaught with his first homer of the season while Logan Browning later doubled in two runs. The Moccasins would cap the scoring with four unearned runs as Embry-Riddle committed three errors in the rest of the inning.
- Reeves and Villaman each had three hits for the Moccasins while Burgess added two hits.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern is now 11-4 all-time versus Embry-Riddle and leads the series 7-3 in games played at Henley Field. The twinbill sweep gives the Moccasins' seven straight wins in the series.
- The 10-game win streak by the Moccasins is the longest for Florida Southern since the 2011 squad captured 14 straight form March 4-April 1.
- Sierra's home run in the fifth inning of game two extends his hit streak to 13 games. During the streak, the senior first baseman is 15-for-45 with 12 RBI and 10 runs scored.
- Walsh's 10 strikeouts in game one matches his season-high set on Feb. 12 versus Mount Olive in a 1-0 win.
- Reeves and Cabrera each finished with five hits in the doubleheader and combined for nine runs batted in.
- Florida Southern returns to Sunshine State Conference play at home on Feb. 24-25, hosting Eckerd College in the a three-gamer series at Henley Field.