FT. LAUDERDALE - Florida Southern fell behind 7-0 and couldn't climb out of the hole, dropping a 7-2 loss to Nova Southeastern in game one of a Saturday doubleheader here at the NSU Baseball Complex. The Moccasins, ranked 19th, drop to 30-12 overall and 8-9 in the SSC while the Sharks, ranked 22nd, raise their record to 30-15 overall and 13-7 in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nova Southeastern starter Derik Beauprez tossed 7.0 shutout innings and struck out seven, while holding the Moccasins to two hits and four walks, with no Moccasin baserunner moving past second base.
- The Sharks took a 4-0 lead the third inning on four hits, including a two-run homer by Jake Archia, off Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro (2-1), who was making just his third start of the season and his first since March 13.
- The Sharks tacked on one run in the bottom of the fourth on a home run by Andrew Liberty and added a pair of runs off reliever Jake Kinney in the sixth on a two-run double by Dylan Woods.
- Florida Southern avoided the shutout with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth off relieverRonny Orta. Ryan Frost led off the frame with a single to greet Orta, who then retired the next two batters. Austin Mauer then singled to put runners on the corners while Omar Villaman singled up the middle to plate Frost. Mauer then scored when Orta was called for a balk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Cody Burgess was held off the bases for the first time in his 41 games played this season and saw his nine-game hit streak comes to an end, while Mitch Reeves walked once to extend his consecutive games reaching base streak to 35.
- Villaman and Frost each had two hits to account for the Moccasins' four-hits in the contest, matching a season low for Florida Southern, who had 10 or more hits in each of the five previous games.
- Walker Burgess worked the final two innings for the Moccasins, retiring six of the seven batters he faced, allowing just a lead-off single n the top of the ninth.
- Florida Southern returns to Henley Field on Sunday and Monday, May 7-8, for the final home series of the season. Prior to Sunday's 4 p.m. game, the Moccasins will honor their senior players. The series concludes with a noon doubleheader on Monday.
- The Moccasins then close out the regular season with a three-game set at Saint Leo on May 12-13.