DAYTONA BEACH – Mitch Reeves slammed a three-run homer for the second straight game and later added a two-run double as 12th-ranked Florida Southern downed Embry-Riddle, 15-9, to take two of the three games from the Eagles here Sunday at Sliwa Stadium.
Sam Machonis added four hits – all singles – for the Mocs who collected 20 hits on the day. The senior center fielder went 10-for-15 with 8 runs scored in the series, scoring four of those runs in today's game.
This is the second game this season the Mocs have had 20 or more hits. It is also the 13th time in the last 14 games, and the 19th time this season they had reached double digits in hits. Every Moccasin starter had at least one base hit with six batters collecting two or more hits.
Logan Browning (3-1) started on the mound for the Moccasins and, after allowing an unearned run in the first, held the Eagles (18-10) to one run over his six innings of work – a solo homer by Matt Jacobs.
At the plate, Browning helped his own cause singling to lead off the game for the Moccasins (17-7) followed by singles from Machonis and Reeves to lead the bases. Browning would score on a infield ground out while Shawn Sanders drove in Machonis with the first of his three hits on the day.
Florida Southern added four more runs in the fourth on an RBI-double by Evan Barnes which scored Ryan Frost, who had led off the frame with a single. Pablo Cabrera then singled while Browning reached on a fielder's choice to drive in Barnes. Browning stole second, moved to third on Machonis' third hit, and scored on a wild pitch while Machonis would come around and score on a single by Jason Sierra.
Embry-Riddle used three pitchers in the sixth with the first two walking batters and the third surrendering Reeve's three-run shot on the first pitch he offered to stake Florida Southern to a 8-2 lead.
After FSC added a solo run in the top of the seventh on Machonis' third single of the day, Brady Arenson, who started the seventh in relief of Browning, gave up a one-out homer to Liam Goodall in the bottom of the frame. Dominic Brugnoni got the run back with a solo homer in the top of the eighth for the Moccasins, but the Eagles would tack on two runs in the eighth on three hits to cut the Mocs lead to 11-5.
Florida Southern then sent ten men to the plate for four runs in the top of the ninth. Pablo Cabrera and pinch-hitter David Lugo each drew a walk to start the outbreak. Machonis then loaded the bases with his fourth hit of the game and Reeves doubled in two runs. After a strikeout, Brugnoni singled to push across another run while Sanders also had a RBI-single. Pinch-hitter J.P. DeBoyer then singled off reliever Andrew Schorr, the last of seven ERAU pitchers, to again load the bases. Schorr recovered to strike out the next two batters to end the inning.
Embry-Riddle did not go quietly into the night, however, as the Eagles put up four runs on four hits in the bottom of the ninth off Craig Savage, the last of three Moccasin pitchers. Savage would recover to strike out Goodall to end the game.
Florida Southern returns to Sunshine State Conference play on Thursday with a single game at 6 pm in St. Petersburg against Eckerd College. The two clubs will then play a doubleheader Friday at 1 pm on the Tritons' home field.