LAKELAND - Logan Browning tossed five innings of shutout baseball while Florida Southern jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings as the Moccasins held on to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan, 9-7, here Thursday at Henley Field. The win lifts Florida Southern to 14-1 on the season while Kentucky Wesleyan drops to 4-6. The 14-1 beginning is the best start to a season since the 2010 team went 16-1 to begin its campaign.
Browning struck out seven and walked none while holding the Panthers to three hits to move to 4-0. The Lakeland native struck out Andrew Kirkland in the fourth inning for his 200th career strikeout becoming just the 23rd Moccasin pitcher to reach that milestone.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a scoreless first inning, Alex Goebel drew a one-out walk while Jacob Teter doubled him home. Vaun Brown then followed with his third homer of the season to give the Moccasins a 3-0 lead
- The Moccasins opened the third with four straight hits. Pablo Cabrera doubled to start the frame while Austin Mauer singled to put runners on second and third. Omar Villaman followed with a single to drive in Cabrera and Mauer scored on a wild pitch. One out later, Teter tripled off the fence in right field to drive in two more runs.
- Florida Southern closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth on a single by Teter and a double by Dylan Costa, followed one out later by a two-run double by Cabrera.
- Kentucky Wesleyan finally got on the board with a sacrifice fly in the seventh and two runs on a double in the eighth. Kirkland delivered a three-run home in the ninth while Joe Burke added a solo shot for the final 9-7 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern now leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan by a 3-0 margin.
- Browning's seven strikeouts give him 39 on the season which leads the Sunshine State Conference.
- 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 11 hits by the Moccasins marks the 10th time in the last 13 games they have reached double digits in hits.
- These two clubs wrap up their three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Friday at Henley Field. Florida Southern will play Cedarville on Saturday at home at 4 p.m.