PENSACOLA, Fla. – In its biggest test of the young 2011 season, No. 6 West Florida completed a three-game sweep against No. 2 Florida Southern in a 5-1 win against the Moccasins on Sunday. In the Argonauts’ eighth consecutive win, the UWF pitching staff allowed just one unearned run, marking the only run Florida Southern scored in the three-game series.
Senior Daniel Vargas-Vila got the start for UWF (13-1) and lasted seven innings, improving to 3-1 with the win. The right-hander gave up just four hits and one walk, and the only run came home on an error.
That one run came in the top of the third, as Kyle Gibbs and Cory Jensen reached base on consecutive one-out singles for Florida Southern (7-5). Kelvin Clark then hit one by UWF third baseman Josh Huggins, bringing Gibbs home on the error.
In the fourth, Florida Southern put runners on second and third with nobody out, but Vargas-Vila stepped up. Austin Chubb grounded softly back to the mound for the first out, and Vargas-Vila then struck out the next two batters, sending the Argonauts into the dugout with momentum.
The UWF bats responded in the bottom of the fourth. Huggins walked to lead off the inning, and he came home to score the first Argonaut run on a triple by senior right fielder Greg Pron. On the next pitch, junior first baseman Kenny Stalls drove the ball through the middle for a single, bringing Pron home for the go-ahead run.
With a 2-1 lead, Vargas-Vila continued getting outs, and after seven innings he was relieved by senior right-hander Zach North.
After a scoreless top of the inning by North, Pron led off the bottom of the eighth with a ground-rule double to start a three-run rally for UWF. Highlighting the rally was senior designated hitter Zach Taylor’s two-run double, and senior Brandon Brewer brought in the third run on a single through the left side.
Junior right-hander Jordan Rasinski came in to pitch the ninth, and he retired the Moccasins on 11 pitches to clinch the win for UWF.
Florida Southern’s Eddie Sipple (1-2) went five innings and gave up two runs on three hits and five walks. The Argonauts scored their final three runs off reliever Clay Chapman, who lasted two innings.