LAKELAND - Logan Browning and Jacob Teter each hit two-run homers to power Florida Southern to a 9-8 win over Kentucky Wesleyan as the Moccasins complete a three-game sweep of the Panthers. The win improves Florida Southern to a 15-1 record which is the best start for a Moccasin team since the 2010 squad won 16 of its first 17 games. Kentucky Wesleyan drops to 4-7. Meanwhile, J.T. Hintzen tossed 4.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball, striking seven batters, to improves to 3-0 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kentucky Wesleyan jumped ahead 2-0 early on a first-inning, two-run double by Andrew Kirkland.
- Browning tied the game for the Moccasins in the second inning by smashing his first homer of the season and the 17th of his college career with Omar Villaman aboard.
- The Moccasins got back-to-back singles in the third inning from Pablo Cabrera and Austin Mauer with both scoring later on a single off the bat of Hayden Marze to take a 4-2 lead.
- Florida Southern added two more runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and an RBI-single by Mauer.
- After the Panther put up a solo run in the top of the seventh, the Moccasins answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Villaman reached on an error and moved around the bases on a pair of wild pitches for the first run. Browning walked and one out later, Teter delivered his two-run blast for a 9-1 lead.
- As the case was in Thursday's game Kentucky Wesleyan rallied late putting up one run in the seventh, two in the eighth, and the got a three-run homer by Joseph Burke in the ninth for the final 9-8 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern now leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan by a 4-0 margin.
- With his single in the first inning, Pablo Cabrera has reached base safely in his last 25 games dating back to the last season.
- The home runs by Browning and Teter give Florida Southern 25 round-trippers on the season which leads the Sunshine State Conference.
- Florida Southern will host Cedarville Saturday, March 3, at 4 p.m. at Henley Field.