Florida Southern Falls 6-4 on the Road at Mount Olive

Florida Southern Falls 6-4 on the Road at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Mount Olive used a four-run fourth inning to score a 6-4 come-from-behind win over visiting Florida Southern in the final game of a three-game series here Sunday at Scarborough Field, snapping a six-game win streak for the Moccasins, who had swept a doubleheader, 14-3 and 7-0, in Saturday's action.

Florida Southern put up a pair of runs on the scoreboard in the first as Sam Machonis and Mitch Reeves hit back-to-singles to center field, while Jason Sierra drew a walk to load the bases. Dominic Brugnoni then doubled to left field, scoring Machonis and Reeves, but Sierra was thrown out after taking a wide turn at third base. 

Moccasin starter Logan Browning (1-1) gave up a lead-off single to Zak Orrison in the bottom of the first and a one-out single to Brett Lang, but would strike out Joe Koehler and then pick-off Orrison to end the Trojan threat in the bottom of the first.

Mount Olive starter Austin Hutchison (2-0) set the Mocs down in order in the second and third innings before his teammates gave him some run support in the bottom of the third. With one out, Alvin Swoop double off Browning and Orrison homered to left field to tie the game at 2-all.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sierra drew a lead-off walk and went to third on Brugnoni's single to right field. Two outs later, Ryan Frost beat out an infield single to drive in Sierra and give the lead back to the Moccasins, 3-2.

The lead was short-lived as the Trojans (4-3) sent eight men to the plate in the fourth. Derek Deler singled to get things started for the Trojans while Shawn Wallace followed with a double. Deler would score on a sacrifice fly with Wallace scoring on a single by Grant Tyndall. Swoop would then reach on a error that would chase Browning. Mitch McCarthy came on in relief and got the first batter to ground out with a run scoring on the play before surrendering a RBI-single to David Mayo for the 6-3 Mount Olive lead.

Florida Southern added a solo run in the top of the sixth as Brugnoni collected his third base hit of the day – an infield single to lead off the inning – and later coming around to score on a single by Evan Barnes for the final 6-4 margin.

Brady Arenson allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh in relief for the Moccasins while Craig Savage set the Trojans down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Machonis had a one-out single in the seventh, but reliever Dario Santangelo struck out the next two Moccasin batters to end that threat. Florida Southern mounted a two-out rally in the eighth as Barnes drew a walk and pitch-hitter Walker Burgess doubled, but Santangelo struck out Pablo Cabrera to end the inning and then set down the side 1-2-3 in in the ninth to pick up the save.

In addition to Brugnoni, who had three hits and two RBI, Machonis collected three base hits.

Florida Southern returns home to Henley Field to host Lynn University in the Mocs' Sunshine State Conference opener with a single game on Friday at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.