LAKELAND, FL - Nova Southeastern batted around in each of the first two innings for eight runs and went on to hand Florida Southern a 21-6 loss in the Sunshine State Conference series finale Sunday here at Henley Field. The loss drops the second-ranked Moccasins to 36-6-1 overall and 19-5 in the SSC while the Sharks improve to 30-12 and 22-5.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nova Southeastern sent nine men to the plate for three runs in the first inning - all three coming on a bases-loaded triple by Samuel Duran off Florida Southern starter, Thomas Spinelli (5-3).
- Florida Southern countered with one run in the bottom of the first on consecutive singles by Logan Browning, Omar Villaman, and Jacob Teter.
- The Sharks batted around again in the second inning scoring five more runs. After Spinelli issued back-to-back walks, he was lifted for reliever Matt Martin, who gave up four straight RBI base hits as NSU jumped out to an 8-1 lead.
- The Moccasins scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Cody Burgess to make the score, 8-2.
- Nova Southeastern answered with a solo run on three more hits in the third inning for a 9-2 margin and added their 10th run in the fourth frame.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Goebel and Christian Maglich led off with back-to-back doubles while Vaun Brown homered for a third straight game to cut the Sharks lead to 10-5.
- Duran led off the fifth with his fourth base hit of the game to spark a three-run fifth for a 13-5 Sharks' lead.
- The Moccasins put up a solo tally in the fifth off reliever Devin Meyer (1-0) on singles by Villaman and Teter and a sacrifice fly by Goebel to close out Florida Southern's scoring in the game.
- Dominic Diana put Nova Southeastern ahead, 16-6, with a three-run homer in the sixth, while Jake Anchia hit a three-run homer in the seventh for his fifth hit of the contest.
- The Sharks closed out the scoring with two runs in the eighth for the final 21-6 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern leads the all-time series, 43-32, including a 24-13 advantage in games played at Henley Field.
- Brown's two-run homer in the fourth was the 68th homer hit by the Moccasins this season. Florida Southern has had at least one home run in the last 12 games and has homered in 22 of the last 23 games. On the season, the Mocs have hit a homer in 35 of the 43 games.
- Browning's first-inning single extends his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest for any Moccasins since Chris Dennis had a 28-game hit streak in 2015.
- Teter had two hits on the day to extend his hitting streak to 14 games while Maglich has now hit in eight consecutive games.
- Maglich led the Moccasins with three hits while Burgess, Villaman, and Teter each had two hits.
- The 21 runs scored by Nova Southeastern is the most allowed by Florida Southern since a 24-15 loss at Nova Southeastern on May 1, 2011.
- The Moccasins will close out the home portion of the regular season on May 3-4 against Saint Leo before wrapping up the regular season on May 11-12 at Tampa.