MOUNT OLIVE, NC - Florida Southern's baseball game at Mount Olive Tuesday was called with no score and the Moccasins batting in the top of the seventh due to an injury to the home plate umpire, who was hit with a foul ball in the fifth inning. In the seventh after covering a play at third base, the umpire could not continue and was eventually taken to a local hospital. Both coaches agreed to end the game at that point rather than play with only one umpire. The Moccasins are now 17-1-1 while Mount Olive stands at 13-4-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Moccasin starter J.J. Niekro had limited Mount Olive to just a pair of hits and had allowed only four base runners through 6.0 innings in the contest with the other two reaching on walks. Just two of the four baserunners made it to second base. Niekro retired the first eight batters he faced before issuing a walk to the number nine batter. The sophomore righty held the Trojans hitless until Jose Lopez spoiled the no-hitter with a two-out single in the fourth inning. The only other hit Niekro allowed was a two-out single in the sixth. Niekro tied his career-high with seven strikeouts.
- On the other side of the diamond, German Reyes held Moccasins hitless through 3-2/3 innings before Omar Villaman singled through the right side. Villaman stole second but was stranded there. With one out in the top of the seventh, Villaman collected Florida Southern's second hit while Logan Browning singled to right to place runners at the corners. It was on this play that the plate umpire covered third and subsequently had to leave the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The game officially ends as a tie - the first-ever scoreless tie for the Moccasins. It is the first tie game since equalling Carson-Newman, 5-5, on Feb. 12, 2004 on game called due to heavy fog. Today's game is just the seventh tie game in modern Moccasin history dating back to the 1957 season. Florida Southern had two games tied in both 1968 and 1969 and there was also one tie in 1991.
- Pablo Cabrera was held hitless in three trips to the plate and sees his 10-game hit streak snapped. He was 17-for-42 (.389) during the 10 games. Dylan Costa also had a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season.
- Game-time temperature was 48 degrees.
- Florida Southern plays tomorrow at 1 p.m. at North Greenville in Tigerville, SC.