DAYTONA BEACH - Cody Burgess hit a grand slam, drove in five runs and scored five times while Hayden Marze went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a pair of home runs, and five RBI as Florida Southern exploded for 26 runs to defeat Embry-Riddle here Friday at Sliwa Stadium in the opening game of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series. The Moccasins improve to 24-4-1 overall and 7-3 in the SSC while Embry-Riddle drops to 10-17 and 6-7.
Eight different Moccasins had at least two hits in the contest with Marze and Dylan Costa each collecting four hits. Burgess, Pablo Cabrera, and Vaun Brown each had three hits while Austin Mauer, Ryan Frost, and Christian Maglich each had two hits as the Moccasins outhit the Eagles 24-7. Burgess and Marze both had five RBI while Brown drove in four and
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins charged out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning as 13 men went to the plate. Burgess got it started with a single while Cabrera was hit with a pitch. After a foul pop up, Omar Villaman sent one deep that was misplayed by the center fielder allowing Burgess to score. Marze then singled in Cabrera while Maglich drew a walk. After a strikeout, Brown bounced one off the left-center field for a bases-clearing triple. Costa followed with an RBI double while Burgess walked in his second trip to the plate in the inning. Cabrera singled in a run and Austin Mauser doubled in another for the eighth run of the inning.
- The Eagles came right back to get two runs back on a lead-off walk by Moccasin starter Logan Browning (6-3), two singles, and a throwing error on a stolen base.
- Marze opened the second inning by drilling a pitch off the batter's eye in dead-center field, 410-feet away. It was Marze's 11th blast of the season and the 400th home run ever hit at Sliwa Stadium.
- Florida Southern batted around again in the third, sending 11 men to the plate for nine more runs. After a groundout to start the frame, Burgess walked and Cabrera singled, followed by an RBI double by Mauer to score Burgess. Villaman singled in Cabrera and Marze was hit by a pitch. One out later, Brown singled in his fourth run of the game while Costa singled to load the bases. Burgess then hit a grand slam to left center field to cap the nine-run inning.
- Marze added his second hame of the game and 12th of the season with two out in the fourth innings.
- It was back to batting around in the fifth as Jacob Teter reached on a walk and Brown walked. Costa then tripled in both runners with his third hit on the night and scored on Burgess' single. Cabera followed with a double for his third hit of the contest while, two outs later, Marze drove in both runners with a double to give home four RBI in the game.
- Ryan Frost, pinch-hitting for Marze to lead off the eighth for the Moccasins, took up where Marze left off with his first home run of the season for a 25-2 lead. The Moccasins capped the night by scoring an unearned run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern now leads the series with Embry-Riddle, 9-4, and has won five of the last six games played in Daytona Beach.
- Tonight start was Browning's 40th of his Florida Southern career, tying him with four others for eighth place on the FSC all-time listing. The senior lefty struck out four to give him 223 on his career, moving him ahead of Tom Drell (1988-90) and Jeff Pryor (1967-68) for 17th place on the FSC career list.
- Burgess's grand slam was the fifth hit by the Moccasins this season. Marze has two bases-loaded home runs this season. The homer by Burgess is his 23rd of his career, tying him with FSC Hall of Famer, Joe Sickles (1981-83) for eighth most by a Florida Southern player. His five runs scored in each of his five trips to the plate is the most since Sam Machones scored six times in FSC's 26-13 win at Warner on March 17, 2015. That game also marked the last time FSC has scored 26 runs in a game.
- The two round-trippers by Marze marks the second time this season he has gone deep twice and is the fourth time a Florida Southern batter has homered twice in a game. With 12 home runs, Marze is now tied for seventh most by a Moccasin in a single season.
- The 26 runs scored by the Moccasins marks the second straight game Florida Southern has topped the 20-run mark. It is the first time that has happened at Florida Southern since the Moccasins swept Lynn in a doubleheader, 21-11 and 25-6 on May 5, 2007. It is only the seventh time in school history for back-to-back games with 20 or more runs. The 1988 national championship Moccasins opened their season with three straight games of 20+ runs (outscoring their opponents, 73-5) to record the only time a team has three consecutive games with 20+ runs.
- The 26 runs are also the most ever allowed by an Embry-Riddle team and is the sixth most runs ever scored by the Moccasins in a single game. The school scoring record is 38 runs in a 38-4 thrashing of St. Joseph's (IN) on March 7, 1992.
- The same two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. here at Sliwa Stadium.