LAKELAND, FL - Austin Mauer scored from second base on an error off the bat of Jacob Teter to lift No. 2 ranked Florida Southen to a 6-5 win over ninth-ranked Nova Southeastern in 10 innings in game two of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series played here Saturday at Henley Field. Nova Southeastern (29-12, 21-3 SSC) had scored four runs into the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-all after Florida Southern (36-5-1, 19-4 SSC) had taken a 5-1 lead. The win allows the Moccasins to take over second place in the conference standings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nova Southeastern struck first as Samuel Duran hit a one-out home run in the second off Florida Southern starter, J.J. Niekro. The Sharks almost added a second home run but Vaun Brown robbed Dominic Diana with a leaping catch at the wall in right field.
- The Moccasins took a 2-1 lead in the third inning as Vaun Brown singled and then moved to second on an error pick-off attempt. Dylan Costa then reached on an infield error while Brown scored from second. Costa would later score on a groundout by Pablo Cabrera.
- Florida Southern increased its lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning as Christian Maglich led off with a singled and Brown, who had a three-run homer in the Mocs' 7-4 win last night, followed with a two-run homer to left center field.
- The Sharks erupted for four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Bryan Diaz was hit with a pitch from Niekro to lead off the frame while a second pinch-hitter, Anderson Lobosky followed with a single. Moccasin reliever J.T. Hintzen, who got the win in Friday's win with three innings of relief work, relieved Niekro and after getting an infield flyout, surrendered a two-run double to Nick Gallo. One out later, Jake Anchia put the Sharks ahead 5-4 with a home to center field.
- After Florida Southern reliever Leo Rodriguez (2-0) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning, Teter led off the bottom of the innings with a single up the middle. After two groundouts moved Teter to third, Hayden Marze, who wasn't even dressed to start the game, was sent up to pinch-hit and was intentionally walked. Cody Burgess then drove in Teter with a high bouncer to shortstop to send to the game into extra innings.
- After Nova Southeastern failed to score off Rodriguez in the top of the 10th, Austin Mauer opened the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error by the Shark's shortstop. Omar Villaman sacrificed Mauer to second and Browning, who was 3-for-4 in the game, was intentionally walked to load the bases. Teter then hit a grounder that got under the glove of the NSU second baseman, allowing Mauer to score with the winning run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern leads the all-time series, 43-31, including a 24-12 advantage in games played at Henley Field.
- Brown's two-run homer in the seventh was the 67th homer hit by the Moccasins this season.
- Browning's three hits extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest for any Moccasins since Chris Dennis had a 28-game hit streak in 2015. Browning is hitting .610 during his last 17 games.
- Teter had two hits on the day to extend his hitting streak to 13 games in which he is batting .509 while Maglich has now hit in seven consecutive games.
- Burgess and Brown also had two hits each as the Moccasins out-hit the Sharks, 10-6.
- Niekro worked 7.0 innings and struck out five while holding Nova Southeastern to three runs on three hits.
- Florida Southern will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Henley Field. The Moccasins will then close out the home portion of the regular season on May 3-4 against Saint Leo before wrapping up the regular season on May 11-12 at Tampa.
Vaun Brown robs Nova Southeastern's Dominic Diana of a home run in the second inning.