FT. LAUDERDALE - Florida Southern had leads of 4-0 and 8-4, but couldn't hold on as Nova Southeastern used a seven-run sixth inning to record a 13-8 win in game two of a doubleheader and sweep the series from the Moccasins in Sunshine State Conference baseball action here Saturday at the NSU Baseball Complex. With the loss, 19th-ranked FSC falls to 30-13 overall and 8-10 in the SSC while the 22nd-ranked Sharks move to 31-15 overall and 14-7 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins put up solo runs in the 2nd though 5th innings to take a 4-0 lead. Jason Sierra hit a one-out home run in the top of the second off NSU starter Jonny Ortiz to stake the Moccasins for a 1-0 score.
- The Moccasins added an unearned run in the third as Cody Burgess reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on a field error for a 2-0 Florida Southern lead.
- Sierra would score the Moccasins' third run of the game, singling to start the inning and, two outs later, scoring on base hit by J.P. DeBoyer to increase Florida Southern's lead to 3-0.
- Florida Southern took the lead to 4-0 with a solo run coming in the fifth as Burgess led off the a single and later scored on a single by Austin Mauer.
- Nova Southeastern roared back with a four-run bottom of the fifth on four hits off Moccasin starter Logan Browning, including a three-run double by Jake Anchia. Brandon Gomez then singled to plate Anchia and chase Browning. Reliever Craig Savage came on and struck out Sebastian Diaz to end the rally.
- The Moccasins came right back and answered with four runs of their own in the next inning. After two walks and a infield ground out, Burgess singled in one run and Pablo Cabrera doubled in another to take a 6-4 lead. Burgess then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauer while Omar Villaman singled to drive in Cabrera and increase FSC's lead to 8-4.
- The Sharks went on the attack in the sixth, scoring seven runs in the frame on seven hits, including a pair of three-run homers, the last coming off reliever Mitch McCarthy (0-2), to take the lead 11-8 at the end of six innings. NSU added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on a home run and a sacrifice fly to expand its lead to 13-8.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With Sierra's second-inning homer, his 10th of the season, he joins Mitch Reeves (12), Burgess (10), and Mauer (10), in marking just the third time in program history that four players have reached double digits in home runs in the same season. It was first accomplished in 1999 when Clay Mauer (14), Craig Lariz (11), B.J. Leach (10), and B.J. Harrison (10) each reached the milestone and repeated in 2009 with Will Cherry (15), Nick Stanley (11), Wade Kirkland (11) and Zach Maggard (10), slamming 10 or more.
- Sierra's home run was also his 21st of his career, tying him with Fred Popp (2003-06) and Dennis Valdes (1979-80) for 10th place on FSC's all-time career list.
- Florida Southern has 61 home runs as a team which is tied for seventh most in a single season in program history. It is the most home runs since the 2010 team hit 63 round-trippers.
- Cabrera led the Moccasins with three hits, including a double, while Burgess, Mauer, and Sierra each had two hits. Burgess also scored a team-high three runs.
- The loss is the Moccasins' fifth in a row.
- 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 while 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.