LAKELAND - Jacob Teter hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie while Cody Burgess added a two-run shot as the Moccasins erupted for five runs in the seventh inning to defeat Nova Southeastern 5-1 in the second round of the NCAA Division II South Region baseball tournament played here at Henley Field. The Moccasins now advance in the winners' bracket to face the winner of the Tampa/Delta State game which was rained out Saturday afternoon and will be played Sunday at 10 a.m. at Henley Field.
Logan Browning took the win for the Moccasins with 7.0 shutout innings to improve to 9-2 on the season for the 40-9-1 Moccasins. Nova Southern drops to 35-15 and will next face the winner of the Albany State/Mississippi College game. That game was suspended Saturday with Mississippi College leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth and will be continued Sunday at 9 a.m. at Tiger Town behind Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Browning struck out five in limiting Nova Southeastern to two hits. His five strikeouts give him 102 on the season, making him just the seventh Moccasin pitcher to record 100 or more strikeouts in back-to-back seasons. His 102 punchouts on the season is 266 for his career, eighth most in FSC history.
- On the other mound, NSU's Brady Acker struck out nine Moccasins and held FSC to five hits, but issued three walks and was charged with all five runs.
- Florida Southern started the big inning with Omar Villaman singling and Hayden Marze drawing a walk. Teter then hit his 11th homer of the season over the left field for a 3-0 lead. Two outs later, Dylan Costa walked and Burgess followed with his 12th round-tripper for a 5-0 margin.
- The Sharks' lone run came off the bat of Dylan Harris who homered off of Moccasin reliever J.T. Hintzen.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern is now 148-78 in NCAA postseason play and is 44-32 versus Nova Southeastern including a 3-1 record this season.
- Christian Maglich singled in the fifth inning to extend his hit streak to 15 games.
- Burgess is now tied for 12th all-time in single-season homers while Teter moves into a tie for ninth place.
- This was Browning's 47 career start, tying him with Dan Albritton (2005-07) for fourth place on the all-time Moccasin list. The win was the 22nd of his career (22-7), moving him into a tie with three others for ninth most victories in FSC history.
- The two homers by Teter and Burgess give the Moccasins 72 for the season, tied for third most is Florida Southern history.