Browning's Blast Helps Mocs Beat Weather and West Florida in Rain-Shorted 6-4 Win

Browning's Blast Helps Mocs Beat Weather and West Florida in Rain-Shorted 6-4 Win

LAKELAND – Logan Browning's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning helped Florida Southern beat West Florida, 6-4, in game one of a scheduled doubleheader here Saturday at Henley Field. The game, which started over an hour and a half late due to rain, was called after the sixth inning with game two postponed to Sunday as part of a doubleheader at 12 p.m.

Browning's blast, his second of the season, capped a five-run inning for the Moccasins, who rallied from a 4-1 deficit to pick up their second win of the season against one loss.

Jason Sierra and Dominic Brugnoni hit back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth inning while, one out later, Shawn Sanders doubled to center field to drive in both runners. Evan Barnes, a late addition to the line-up for regular catcher Blake Swann, then laced a double to deep center field to score Sanders. One out later, Browning delivered his second home run of the season to left field.

Following the sixth, the head coaches met and decided to call the game at that point due to the increasing rains and wet grounds.

West Florida (0-1), got on the board first in the third as Kyle Hammer hit a one-out single off Moccasin starter Ben Richardson. The next two batters were hit with a pitch to load the bases and Richardson got Nic Strasser to ground out to second with Hammer scoring on the play. The Argonauts would threaten again with two singles in the fourth, but could not capitalize. With two outs and two on in the fifth, West Florida's Justin Ambrosio singled to right but Browning,playing in right field, came up firing and gunned down Alex Greene at the plate to end the threat.

The Moccasins broke through in the fifth as Barnes singled and scored on Browning's double to left field to tie the score, setting up the decision sixth inning.

Tyler Knowles picked up his first win for Florida Southern after coming on in relief in the top of the sixth and getting the final two outs on strikeouts.

In addition to Browning, Sierra and Brugnoni each added two singles for Florida Southern while Barnes singled and doubled.

For West Florida, the bottom four men in the batting order, Ledeavon Matthews, Nick Kerkman, Hammer and Greene, combined for seven hits and four runs scored.