LAKELAND - In a battle of the top two home run hitting teams in the Sunshine State Conference, Lynn upset third-ranked Florida Southern, 4-3, at Henley Field on Friday, snapping a 17-game home win streak dating back to last season. The Moccasins now stand at 22-3-1 overall and 5-2 in the SSC while the Knights improve to 18-11 overall and 7-6 in the conference.
All seven runs scored in the contest came via the long ball as Lynn hit a three-run shot and a solo shot while three different Florida Southern hit solo shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lynn jumped on Florida Southern starter Logan Browning (5-2) for three runs in the first inning on a three-run homer by William Seay. Tom Archer started the inning hitting Browning's first offering for a single while Gabe Martinez also singled to set up Seay.
- Florida Southern answered with two runs in the bottom of the second on solo home runs by Hayden Marze and Jacob Teter off Lynn starter Anthony Franco (2-2) to pull within one, 3-2.
- Browning pitched his way out of a jam in the third after surrendering a one-out single, a walk, and a hit batsman to load the bases. The senior lefty came back to get a pop up for the second out and then struck out the next batter to end the threat.
- The Moccasins got a two-out triple by Omar Villaman in the third but could not capitalize.
- Archer added a solo homer for Lynn in the top of the fourth for a 4-2 Knights lead.
- Florida Southern wasted an opportunity in the fifth as Dylan Costa led off the frame with a triple but was left there at the end of the inning.
- J.T. Hintzen started the sixth inning in relief of Browning and gave up back-to-back singles before striking out Pat Dorian and getting Seay to hit into a double play to end the inning. Hintzen finished the final three innings of the game by holding Lynn scoreless on two hits with three strikeouts.
- Marze hit his second homer of the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth for the final 4-3 margin.
- The Moccasins last chance came in the ninth as Jacob Teter battled Lynn reliever Enrique Perez for a 12-pitch walk but Perez got Vaun Brown to pop up into a double play on a sacrifice bunt attempt and then got Costa to ground out to record his third save.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the 88th time Florida Southern and Lynn with the Moccasins holding a 54-34 advantage, but Lynn has now won the last nine meetings.
- Lynn came into the game with an SSC-leading 41 home runs while Florida Southern ranked second with 38.
- Browning made his 39th Florida Southern career start, tying him with Jon DeClue (1991-93) for ninth place on FSC's all-time listing. His four strikeouts tonight give him 219 for his career, moving him into 18th place all-time at FSC.
- Costa fell a homer short of hitting for the cycle, doubling in the second, tripling in the fifth, and singling in the seventh.
- Marze's two homers give him a team-leading nine on the season while Teter's round-tripper was his seventh of the year.
ON THE SIDELINES
- Nearly 20 members of the Moccasins' 1988 NCAA Division II national championship team were on hand to celebrate their 30th anniversary of winning the College's seventh baseball championship. Florida Southern has since added two more national championships in 1995 and 2005 for a total of nine titles - most for any NCAA Division II baseball program.
- The same two clubs go at it on Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.