FT. LAUDERDALE - Florida Southern rallied back from a 7-3 deficit to take a 8-7 lead, but Nova Southeastern came back with two late runs to down the Moccasins 9-8 here Friday at the NSU Baseball Complex. With the loss, the 19th-ranked Moccasins fall to 30-11 overall and 8-8 in the Sunshine State Conference while the 22nd-ranked Sharks improve to 29-15 overall and 12-7 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating three unearned runs in the top of the first. J.P. DeBoyer, making his first career start, singled to lead off the frame while Pablo Cabrera followed with a singled. After a double play, Omar Villaman reached on a fielding error by the Nova Southeastern first baseman with DeBoyer scoring on the play while Jason Sierra followed with a home run over the left field field.
- Nova Southeastern came right back with a three-spot of their own as Jancarlos Cintron homered to lead off the inning off Moccasin starter Jake Walsh. Jeremy Vasquez later had a RBI-double off the left field fence while Sebastian Diaz singled in the tying run.
- The Sharks went ahead in the bottom of the third on a RBI-single by Brandon Gomez. Walsh issued a walk to the next NSU batter and was lifted for reliever, Chase Pilato.
- Nova Southeastern added three runs in the bottom of the fourth in a lead-off homer by Michael Hernandez, a run-scoring single by Kevin Suarez, and the final run scoring on a Pilato wild pitch.
- Florida Southern got two of those runs back in the sixth as Austin Mauer singled to get the inning underway and later scored on a wild pitch. One out later, Sierra and Mitch Reeves had back-to-back base hits with Sierra scoring on a ground out by Logan Browning to make the score 7-5.
- Ryan Frost, who entered the game in fifth inning, led off the seventh inning with his first career home run to pull the Mocs within one, 7-6. DeBoyer then drew a walk, was sacrificed to second base, and moved to third on a flyout to right field by Mauer and then scored when Villaman hit a slow tapper past the mound for a base hit. After a single by Sierra, his third of four hits on the night, Reeves lined one to right field to score Villaman with the go-ahead run.
- The lead was short-lived as the Sharks tied the game in the bottom of the seventh as Vasquez greeted Moccasin reliever J.T. Hintzen with a lead-off triple and the scored as the next batter, Jake Anchia singled. Nova Southeastern loaded the bases with a pair of walks, but Cameron Hanes took the mound in relief of Hintzen and struck out Hernandez for the second out and then got Cintron to ground out to third to end the threat.
- Vasquez then put the Sharks ahead, 9-8, with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern leads the all-time series with Nova Southeastern, 41-28, but are just 19-17 in games played in Ft. Lauderdale.
- Sierra's first-inning home run was his ninth of the season and the two RBI on the play, give him a team-high 44 on the season. The home was also the 20th of the senior first baseman's career at Florida Southern.
- The 2-2/3 innings pitched by Walsh was his shortest outing of the season and snaps a streak of eight consecutive wins for the junior righthander.
- The home run allowed by Hanes (1-1) in the eighth inning was just second earned run the Moccasin closer has allowed this season.
- Villaman's RBI-single in the seventh extended his hit streak to nine games. He has now reached base in every game he has played this season. Cabrera singled in the first inning to extend his hit streak to seven games and now has hits in 20 of his last 21 games.
- Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern continue their conference series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
- The Moccasins wrap up the home portion of the 2017 season with games on Sunday and Monday, May 7 and 8 against Barry. Prior to Sunday's 4 p.m. game, FSC will recognize its seniors. Monday's doubleheader gets underway at noon.