The Moccasins came from behind to win the second game of Friday's doubleheader at Nova Southeastern, 10-6, and, in doing so, probably earned an NCAA tournament bid.
Nova Southeastern had won the first game 3-2. The doubleheader split left the Moccasins with a final regular season record of 38-14 and a Sunshine State Conference mark of 16-8, which tied Tampa for second place.
The Moccasins were ranked sixth in the most recent South Region poll and the four teams behind them and one ahead of them each lost twice in the Gulf South Conference Tournament this week. The top eight teams in the region will be selected for the South Regional May 14-18. The NCAA will announce the tournament selections Sunday night. Southern Arkansas University, locatedÂ in Magnolia, likely will be the host for the South Regional. The Muleriders were the top-ranked team in the region and went through the Gulf South Conference Tournament undefeated.
In game two Friday, a six-run sixth inning brought the Moccasins back from a 4-3 deficit. After Nick Stanley scored on a bases loaded walk to pinch-hitter Adam Miller, Colin Kaline's two-run single gave the Moccasins the lead. Trae Gore followed Kaline's hit with a three-run homer to put FSC ahead 9-4. Gore's homer was his sixth of the season. Stanley had hit a three-run homer, his 10th of the season and fourth of the series, in the first inning. Stanley finished the three-game series going seven-for-13 (.538) with four home runs and 11 RBI.
In the first game, Matt Zoltak (1-4) gave the Moccasins a complete game effort on the mound, but a two-run single in the fifth by the Sharks' Brayan Valencia erased a 2-1 Moccasin lead and gave Nova Southeastern the win. Michael Fiers went the distance for the Sharks and improved his record to 10-3. He limited FSC to five hits, struck out 10 and walked one.