WINTER PARK, FL - Florida Southern scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 6-6 tie and back a nine-strikeout relief appearance by J.T. Hintzen as the third-ranked Moccasins defeated Rollins, 10-6, in Sunshine State Conference action here Friday at Harold Alfond Stadium. Florida Southern, which has won five in a row, improves to 27-4-1 overall and 10-3 in the SSC while Rollins drops to 16-15 and 4-9. The game featured three lead changes in the first four innings after the Moccasins scored three runs in the top of the second.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern got on the scoreboard first with a three-run second inning off Rollins' starter Garrett Leonard. Hayden Marze drew a walk to lead off the inning while Alex Goebel singled to center with Marze scoring on a bad throw from the Rollins centerfielder. One out later, Christian Maglich singled up the middle to drive in Goebel. One out later, Maglich moved to third with a ball off the bat of Vaun Brown was misplayed by the Tars' second baseman and then scored on a wild pitch.
- Rollins got two runs back in the bottom of the second on a lead-off single by Bryce Peterson off Moccasin starter Logan Browning. One out later, Brian Brooker doubled in Peterson and then scored on a single by Luke Reidy to cut the Mocs' lead to 3-2.
- The Tars jumped ahead, 4-3, with two more runs on three hits in the third including a run-scoring single by Peterson and an RBI groundout by Nick Santucci.
- The Moccasins took the lead back in the top of the fourth taking advantage of some wildness from Leonard and reliever Whit Brennan. With one out Maglich was issued a free pass by Leonard and Dylan Costa singled. Leonard then walked Brown to load the bases and hit Cabrera with a pitch to force in Maglich. Brennan came on and got a strikeout for the second out, but walked Villaman to force in Costa with the go-ahead run as Florida Southern took the lead back, 5-4.
- Rollins went back ahead, 6-5 with two runs in the bottom half of the third. Reidy led off with a double while Isaiah Russell drew a walk. After a strikeout, Browning hit Brennan Brundage to load the bases. Cameron Meehan then hit a grounder to shortstop with Moccasin shortstop Omar Villaman firing home to retire Reidy. Austin Mauer threw to first to try and complete the double play, but Meehan beat the throw and Russell, running on the play, scored on the throw back to the plate.
- Alex Goebel tied the game, 6-6, for Florida Southern by leading off the fifth with his third home run of the season.
- Hintzen came on in relief of Browning to start the sixth inning and shut down the Rollins offense by striking out nine batters, including seven of the last 10 batters he faced. The senior right-hander held the Tars to a pair of singles and issued just one walk in 4.0 shutout innings to get the win and remain perfect on the year at 7-0. Hintzen entered the week ranked 13th in the NCAA Division II with 13.28 strikeouts per nine innings.
- With one out in the ninth inning, Jacob Teter started the Moccasin rally with a single up the middle. One out later, Costa drew a walk and Brown was plunked with a pitch to load the bases. Pablo Cabrera then delivered a base hit to center field to drive in Teter and Costa with Brown also scoring on the play and Cabrera moving to second on a throwing error by the center fielder.
- Things got a little weird next as Mauer hit a ball down the right-field line that was originally called foul, but after the two umpires got together, it was ruled a fair ball and Mauer was awarded first and Cabrera was allowed to score for the final 10-6 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the 222nd meeting between these two storied programs. Florida Southern leads the overall series 148-74 including a 64-46 lead in games played in Winter Park.
- Tonight was Browning's 41st career start which ties him with Joe Walczak for seventh most in Moccasin history. The senior lefty recorded four strikeouts in the game to give him 227 for his career, moving him into 16th place all-time at Florida Southern.
- Three of Goebel's base hits this season have been home runs.
- Florida Southern and Rollins continue their three-game SSC series with a 1 p.m. game here on Saturday in a game moved up from 3 p.m. due to expected inclement weather later in the evening. Game three of the series is Sunday at noon.