Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: SUNS 12, BARONS 2; Clean Sweep for Suns Jacksonville Routs Barons, Will Play Tennessee for SL Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: SUNS 12, BARONS 2; Clean Sweep for Suns Jacksonville Routs Barons, Will Play Tennessee for SL Title

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

When the Jacksonville Suns combine a potent hitting attack with the league's best pitching staff, it's a near-unbeatable combination.

The Birmingham Barons, with their franchise-record 92 wins this year, found that out over the last four days.

The Suns had a season-high seven doubles and finished with 15 hits to rout the Barons 12-2 on Sunday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, and move into the Southern League championship series against the Tennessee Smokies.

It was the second time in as many games that the Suns had 15 hits. They outscored Birmingham 24-5 in the series.

The three-game sweep of the Barons in the South Division series enabled the Suns to advance to the league finals for the 12th time, more than any other Southern League team.

Jacksonville will host the first two games of the best-of-five-series beginning Tuesday at the Baseball Grounds.

Tennessee won the North Division playoff, beating Huntsville 3-1 on Sunday, taking three of the four games.

When Suns closer Matt Peterson struck out Jordan Danks to end the game, it set off a celebration among the Suns players. After piling on each other at the pitcher's mound, they rushed to their dugout where each grabbed a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne, spraying each other in front of 2,442 fans.

"This is awesome man," said Suns first baseman Logan Morrison who had three hits, scored four times and drove in two runs. "Everything that we worked for came together in this series.

"I'm just so happy. Three more victories and then we get to feel the ultimate prize."

Sunday's game was a completion of Saturday night's contest that was called due to rain with the Suns batting in the bottom of the first inning, trailing 1-0.

Jacksonville had the bases loaded with one out when the umpires halted play.

The Suns took advantage of the situation following a Scott Cousins strikeout when Kevin Randel had the first of his three hits with a two-run single. …

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