FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Florida Southern College baseball was unable to mount a comeback after falling behind by eight runs early on in an 8-3 loss at No. 21 Nova Southeastern on Sunday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference action at the NSU Baseball Complex. The Sharks (32-15, 19-11 SSC) plated six runs in the first two innings and tacked on two more in the fourth to finish off the three-game series sweep of the Moccasins (21-23, 7-17).
Carson King (3-6) suffered the loss after surrendering six runs on five hits in 1.2 innings of work. He walked five batters and threw 62 total pitches, just 26 for strikes. Duncan Pastore (4-0) earned the win for the Sharks after allowing just three runs on five hits in six innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. Gil Torres (1.0 IP, 1 BB) and JP Williams (2.0 IP, 2 SO) tossed three hitless innings in relief to finish the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nova Southeastern wasted no time in taking the lead thanks to a two-run bottom of the first. Ian Acevedo got the scoring started with a solo homer to left on the second pitch of the game, and Samuel Duran's two-out, one-run single made it 2-0 after one full inning of action.
- In the second inning, the Sharks plated four runs with two outs. Jeffrey Cyr singled with two outs and stole second before coming in to score on Andrew Lawbosky's RBI single to right, and the big blow in the inning came when Garrett Wolforth drilled the first pitch he saw from King over the wall in right-center to plate three more and make it 6-0. A pair of back-to-back walks would put a pair of runners on and chase King from the mound, but Matt Martin got the last batter of the inning to fly out to center and avoid more damage.
- After a scoreless third inning, NSU would plate a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly and a two-out RBI double from Bryan Diaz that made it 8-0 after four complete.
- The Mocs were able to score three runs in the top of the fifth when Christian Maglich led things off with a solo shot left and Zach Scott smacked a two-run homer with two outs to cut the deficit to five (8-3). But that would be all the scoring the Moccasins would do the rest of the way as they had just two more hitters reach base and went down in order in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 44-35 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including a 19-22 mark when facing the Sharks on the road.
- The Mocs struggled mightily to finish off the Sharks all series, as 13 of NSU's 30 runs in the series came with two outs. Nova Southeastern scored six runs with two outs in the series finale on Sunday.
- Florida Southern will head to Saint Leo for three games next weekend (May 3-4) before closing out the season at home against Tampa (May 10-11). Senior Day for the Mocs will take place prior to the 6 p.m. contest against Tampa on May 10.