NSU Splits Doubleheader, Drops Series to Lander

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team salvaged a doubleheader split, but lost the series to the Lander Bearcats, on Saturday afternoon from the NSU Baseball Complex. The Sharks took game one of the doubleheader, winning 4-1, and dropped the series finale in a back-and-forth slug-fest 9-7.

Breakdown
Scores: (Game One) Nova Southeastern 4, Lander 1 | (Game Two) Nova Southeastern 7, Lander 9
Records: Nova Southeastern 5-5 | Lander 8-3
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
Game One

  • Both teams traded scoreless innings in the opening two frames, but the Sharks broke through on the scoreboard early with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bryan Loriga.
  • In the bottom of the fourth inning, NSU tacked on three more runs, extending the lead to 4-0. Ryan Cainzos drove in Justin Wachs with an RBI single, before Loriga drove in a pair on a two-run double. 
  • Collin Rothermel held the Bearcats off the scoreboard for the entirety of his outing, striking out eight, and scattered a pair of hits and three walks. 
  • Jarrett Bond pitched the remainder of the game for the Sharks, allowing just one hit and striking out five, earning his first career save. 

Game Two

  • Nova Southeastern got on the board first, as Justin Wachs grounded into a double play, but drove in Zeth Rodriguez and put the Sharks ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. 
  • Later in the frame, Boris Pena lined a double off the right-center field fence, driving in Loriga, and extending the NSU advantage to 2-0 in the opening inning.
  • Lander hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the third inning, taking a 4-2 lead over the Sharks.
  • Nova Southeastern responded with three home runs, including two consecutive, as Henry Wallen, Pena and Tyson Cooper all went deep to reclaim the lead for the Sharks at 6-4. 
  • Lander tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. 
  • Loriga added a home run of his own, putting the Sharks in front 7-6.
  • Keyler Gonzalez was called upon out of the bullpen facing a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the eighth inning. The freshman escaped the damage by forcing an infield pop-up and getting a double play ball to end the threat. 
  • Lander tacked on another pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning, and sealed the series win, with a 9-7 victory in the finale. 

What's Next
Nova Southeastern opens Sunshine State Conference action with a three-game series against Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla., beginning on Friday, February 23rd. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Sharks Fall in Extras Against Bearcats

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team fell in extra innings, losing 9-8, to the Lander Bearcats on Friday night from the NSU Baseball Complex. 

Breakdown
Score: Nova Southeastern 8 | Lander 9
Records: Nova Southeastern 4-4 | Lander 7-2
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • Lander led 5-0 in the first five innings of play, scoring on three home runs and on a wild pitch.
  • The Sharks were able to rally in the bottom half of the fifth. Zeth Rodriguez started the inning with a one out single, which was followed by another base hit by Justin Wachs. Ariel Garcia worked a walk, which loaded the bases for Tyson Cooper.
  • Cooper got the Sharks on the board with an RBI single, driving in Rodriguez. Both Wachs and Garcia scored on wild pitches, cutting the Sharks deficit to 5-3. 
  • Boras Pena added an RBI single, bringing in Cooper, and Henry Wallen capped off the rally with a sacrifice fly, as Nova Southeastern ended the frame with the score tied at 5-5.
  • In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Sharks tacked on another two runs. Wachs once again scored on a wild pitch and Jorge Braceras drove in Garcia with an RBI single, giving NSU a 7-5 lead.
  • With the bases loaded in the top half of the seventh, Keyler Gonzalez forced a double play, halting a Lander rally but the Bearcats added a run, putting the score at 7-6 in favor of the Sharks.
  • Nova Southeastern loaded the bases once again in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Wachs gave the Sharks an insurance run with an RBI single, putting the score at 8-6.
  • Lander tied the game, plating two runs in the top of the eighth inning.
  • Lander took the lead, and the win, by scoring on an RBI single in the top of the tenth inning.

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Adrian Morales – “I have to do a better job preparing our guys to succeed. We were good enough on the mound, but we also made five errors, left 17 runners on base, and struck out 13 times. That’s not good enough to win against anybody and that is on me. We are one big hit away from a different outcome in this game and other games we have lost. Tomorrow brings opportunity and we are excited to watch our guys bounce back.”

What's Next
The Sharks will continue their three-game series with a doubleheader against Lander on Saturday, February 17th, at the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Sharks Rally Falls Short Against #20 Trojans

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team rallied, but their comeback effort fell short against No. 20 Mount Olive, as the Sharks were defeated 7-6. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 4-3 | No. 2 Mount Olive 3-1
Score: Nova Southeastern 6 | No. 2 Mount Olive 7
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
Mount Olive took the lead in the second inning, as the Trojans capitalized on a bases loaded error by the Sharks. Michael Dillon minimized the damage and left the bases loaded, but NSU trailed 1-0. 
The Trojans tacked on four more runs in the top of the third inning. Mount Olive plated runs on a bases loaded hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly and capped off the frame with a two-run single, taking a 5-0 lead. 
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the first four Sharks to hit – Zeth Rodriguez, Justin Wachs, Kristian Noriega and Ariel Garcia – all reached base. Garcia plated a pair of runs on a bases loaded double down the right field line, which was followed by another two-run double by Henry Wallen
Mount Olive changed pitchers, for the second time in the inning, but that could not halt the Sharks momentum as Mario Lopez tied the game 5-5 with a RBI double.
The Trojans reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, taking a 7-5 lead. 
In the bottom of the ninth, and with the Sharks trailing 7-5, Justin Wachs hit a solo home run – his first of the season – but Nova Southeastern could not add more runs and dropped the contest 7-6. 

What's Next
The Sharks will host Lander in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, February 16th, at the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
 

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Sharks Bounceback with Win over Post

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team bounced back, following a loss on Friday night, with an 8-1 win over Post on Saturday afternoon from the NSU Baseball Complex. Collin Rothermel earned his second win of the 2024 campaign, while Tyson Cooper led the offense with a pair of hits and three runs batted in. 

Breakdown

Records: Nova Southeastern 4-2 | Post 1-1
Score: Nova Southeastern 8 | Post 1
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
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How it Happened

  • Tyson Cooper opened the scoring with a two-run single, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, as NSU capitalized on a bases loaded opportunity.
  • The Sharks extended their lead to 3-0 over Post with a MC Sagaro sacrifice fly.
  • Post scored their lone run of the contest on a solo home run in the top of the fifth, putting the score at 3-1.
  • With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Henry Wallen rocketed a double down the right field line, scoring Sagaro all the way around from first, extending the lead to 4-1 over the Eagles. 
  • Nova Southeastern added four more runs in the bottom of the eight inning, Jorge Braceras and Wallen came into score after a pair of hit by pitches, before Tyler Venegas drove in Landon Lowe with a sacrifice fly. The Sharks capped off the inning with a Ryan Cainzos RBI single, scoring Cooper. 
  • Collin Rothermel, Jarrett Bond and Pedro Acosta combined to scatter just five hits across nine innings, while striking out seven, leading NSU to the win. 

Shark Standouts
Collin Rothermel: (2-0), 5 IP, four strikeouts, one earned run
Tyson Cooper: 2-4, three RBI

What's Next
Nova Southeastern returns to the NSU Baseball Complex on Sunday, February 11th, taking on Mount Olive from the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball.

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Sharks Fall Against Erskine

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team was defeated 6-0 by the Erskine Flying Fleet on Friday evening at the NSU Baseball Complex. 

Breakdown
Score: Nova Southeastern 6 | Erskine 0
Records: Nova Southeastern 3-2 | Erskine 2-4
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • Erskine opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. 
  • The Flying Fleet added a pair of runs in the third inning, extending their lead to 3-0.
  • Erskine took a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning, adding two more runs. 
  • Trailing 5-0, NSU rallied to load the bases on three consecutive walks, but the Sharks were unable to capitalize. 
  • Erskine took the win 6-0 over NSU.

What's Next
Nova Southeastern returns to action on Saturday, February 10th, taking on Post University at the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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Peña Slugs Sharks to win over Washburn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Led by a pair of home runs – a grand slam and three-run home run – by Boris Peña (3-6, 2 HR, 7 RBI), the Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team defeated the Washburn Ichabods 17-2 on Sunday evening from the NSU Baseball Complex. Alongside Peña, three Sharks – Bryan Loriga (2-5), Henry Wallen (4-5, 3 R) and Justin Wachs (2-4, 4 RBI) – contributed multiple hits in the effort, while Kader Rabagh pitched a strong five innings on the mound, earning the win. 

Breakdown
Score: Nova Southeastern 17 | Washburn 2
Records:Nova Southeastern 3-1 | Washburn 2-2
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • Nova Southeastern wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Justin Wachs got the Sharks on the board first, working a walk with the bases loaded and bringing in Zeth Rodriguez
  • In the second inning, Landon Lowe came into score following an error by the Ichabods, extending the Nova Southeastern lead to 2-0. 
  • NSU plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, first on a RBI double by Wachs, which was followed by a RBI groundout by Tyson Cooper, putting the Sharks ahead 4-0.
  • Washburn scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings, cutting NSU’s lead to 4-2. 
  • Henry Wallen extended the Sharks lead to 5-2, bringing in Lowe with an RBI single, in the bottom of the sixth inning. 
  • Nova Southeastern rallied to score seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cooper started the scoring by coming in on a wild pitch, before Peña launched a grand slam, his first home run of the season, and Wachs tacked on another pair of runs with a two-run single. As the Sharks led 12-2 following the frame.
  • Peña added another home run in the eighth inning, bringing his RBI total to seven in the contest, and put NSU ahead 15-2. 
  • Nova Southeastern plated two more runs in the inning, taking a 17-2 victory over Washburn.
  • Pedro Acosta, Oscar Hernandez, and Tyler Venegas combined to throw four innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen, in relief of winning pitcher, Kadar Rabagh. 

Shark Standouts
Boris Peña: 3-6, Grand Slam/Three-Run Home Run, 7 RBI
Henry Wallen: 4-5, 2B, 3 R
Justin Wachs: 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI

What's Next
Nova Southeastern returns to the diamond on Friday, February 9th, taking on Erskine from the NSU Baseall Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Loriga Powers Sharks Past Wingate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Led by a pair of three-run home runs by Bryan Loriga (3-5, 3-R HR, 2B) and Ariel Garcia (1-4, 3-R HR) the Nova Southeastern Sharks defeated the Wingate Bulldogs 9-3 on Saturday afternoon at the NSU Baseball Complex. Collin Rothermel earned the win, tossing five innings, striking out six and allowing three earned runs. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 2-1 | Wingate 1-2
Score: Nova Southeastern 9 | Wingate 3
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • Boris Pena got the scoring started for the Sharks, bringing in Landon Lowe with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, Zeth Rodriguez came into score on a wild pitch, extending the NSU lead to 2-0.
  • Wingate responded with three runs in the top of the third inning, hitting a pair of home runs, taking a 3-2 lead over the Sharks.
  • Nova Southeastern quickly reclaimed the lead, courtesy of a three-run home run by Bryan Loriga, his first of the season, putting NSU in front 5-4. 
  • Loriga started the bottom of the seventh inning with a double off the right field fence and later scored, alongside Henry Wallen, on a two-run single extending the lead to 6-3. 
  • Ariel Garcia then hit a three-run home run, bringing in Mario Lopez Jr. and Wachs, giving Nova Southeastern a 9-3 lead. 
  • Carlos Nolasco finished the game for the Sharks, recording the final three outs, as NSU defeated Wingate 9-3. 

Shark Standouts
Collin Rothermel: (1-0), 5 IP, six strikeouts, three earned runs
Bryan Loriga: 3-5, 3R HR, 2B, three RBI, two runs
Ariel Garcia: 1-4, 3R HR

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Adrian Morales – “Today’s win versus Wingate was a big answer to yesterdays loss to Catawba. We challenged our guys to be better, tougher and more focused and they responded. Today, we pitched well, we hit, and we did not make any errors defensively. Total team win. All the credit to our players for staying the course and competing for all nine innings.”

What's Next
Nova Southeastern takes on the Washburn University Ichabods at the NSU Baseball Complex on Sunday, February 4th. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Morales-Era Begins with Doubleheader Split

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The 2024 season and the Head Coach Adrian Morales-era began on Friday evening for the Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team. NSU hosted both the Tusculum Pioneers and Catawba Indians, starting the season with an 8-2 victory over Tusculum before dropping game two of the doubleheader 10-2. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 1-1 | Catawba 1-1 | Tusculum 0-1
Scores: Nova Southeastern 8, Tusculum 2 | Nova Southeastern 2, Catawba 10
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
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How it Happened
Game One

  • Tusculum got on the scoreboard first with an RBI groundout, taking a 1-0 lead over the Sharks in the top of the second inning. 
  • Nova Southeastern quickly responded, tying the game courtesy of an RBI from Tyson Cooper
  • The following inning, Henry Wallen gave the Sharks their first lead of the season, driving in Zeth Rodriguez with an RBI single. 
  • In the bottom of the fifth inning, Rodriguez padded the NSU lead with a solo home run, his first as a Shark, extending the lead to 3-1. 
  • Nova Southeastern broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning. 
  • Boris Pena started the frame with a lead-off single, before Bryan Loriga doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Wallen and Ariel Garcia each worked a walk, bringing in Pena, and keeping the bases loaded for Justin Wachs. Wachs followed with a two-run double, pushing the lead to 6-1. 
  • Cooper closed the rally with a sacrifice fly, giving the Sharks a 7-1 advantage. 
  • Both teams added a run in the eighth inning, putting the score at 8-2. 
  • Jarrett Bond earned the opening day victory, throwing 3.1 innings and striking out a career-best six hitters. 

Shark Standouts
Jarrett Bond: (1-0), 3.1 IP, six strikeouts, one earned run
Bryan Loriga: 4-5, two doubles, RBI
Zeth Rodriguez: 2-4, HR, two runs, RBI

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Adrian Morales – “We did not play our best baseball, but we were able to pull away late. Our pitching carried us along, as well as our timely hitting. 

How it Happened
Game Two

  • Catawba was able to put together three consecutive multi-run innings, scoring three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth, taking an 8-0 lead over the Sharks.
  • Catawba added another two runs in the top of the eighth inning. 
  • Nova Southeastern strung together a rally, plating a pair of runs in the ninth, but the push came to late in the contest, as the Sharks were defeated 10-2. 

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Adrian Morales – “Playing good competition brings out the flaws in our team. I did not prepare my guys well enough. We will learn from this and get better. This isn’t who we will be. We have a lot of room to grow and we will.”

What's Next
Nova Southeastern continues its season opening weekend by taking on Wingate at the NSU Baseball Complex on Saturday, February 3rd. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Sharks Picked Sixth in SSC Coaches’ Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the 2024 preseason baseball coaches’ poll on Tuesday afternoon. The Nova Southeastern Sharks, in the first year under Head Coach Adrian Morales, are picked sixth in the league.

The University of Tampa Spartans, earning 10 first-place votes, were selected as the top team in the league, while Rollins was tabbed as the second-ranked team in the Sunshine State Conference. Florida Southern (79 points), Saint Leo (70), and Barry (68) round out the remainder of the top-five. Nova Southeastern earned 52 points for the sixth spot.

Florida Tech (7th/40), Embry-Riddle (8th/38), Lynn (9th/29), Eckerd (10th/27), and Palm Beach Atlantic (11th/13) make up the remainder of the preseason poll.
 

Rank School (First Place Votes) Total Points
1. Tampa (10) 100
2.  Rollins (1) 89
3.  Florida Southern 79
4.  Saint Leo 70
5.  Barry  68
6.  Nova Southeastern 52
7. Florida Tech 40
8.  Embry-Riddle 38
9. Lynn 29
10. Eckerd 27
11. Palm Beach Atlantic 13

Nova Southeastern’s 2024 season begins on Friday, February 2nd, with a doubleheader against Tusculum and Catawba from the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
 

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Sharks Baseball Set to Begin Morales-Era

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The 2024 season for Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball begins a new era, as Head Coach Adrian Morales begins his tenure at NSU.  

“The best time of the year is back, and baseball season is right around the corner. We are excited, honored and grateful for the opportunity to represent Nova Southeastern University,” stated Morales. “Our guys are prepared physically and mentally to compete for a conference championship and beyond. Be sure to come out and support the Sharks!” 

Opening Night for the Sharks is on Friday, February 2nd, as Nova Southeastern hosts Tusculum and Catawba in a doubleheader set to begin at 4 p.m. NSU returns to the diamond on Saturday, February 3rd, taking on Wingate at 6 p.m. Nova Southeastern’s opening weekend concludes on Sunday, February 4th, as the Sharks match up against Washburn.  

The following weekend, NSU takes on another trio of opponents, beginning on Friday, February 9th against Erskine. Nova Southeastern plays Post on 2/10 and finishes the weekend against Mount Olive on February 11th. The Sharks conclude their season opening three weekend homestand with a three-game season versus Lander, starting with a doubleheader, on February 16th.  

Sunshine State Conference play starts for Nova Southeastern with a trip to Florida Tech (2/23) before a non-conference matchup in Miami Shores against Barry (2/27). NSU hosts Rollins, for the first home SSC series of the season, with a three-game weekend series beginning on March 1st. The following weekend, NSU welcomes Davenport for a four-game out-of-conference series that starts on March 7th.  

Nova Southeastern travels to West Palm Beach to begin its longest road trip of the 2023 campaign, returning to Sunshine State Conference action with a series against Palm Beach Atlantic (3/15), before taking on Valdosta State (GA.) with a three-game series starting on March 22nd.  

The Sharks welcome Palm Beach Atlantic for a non-conference tilt at the NSU Baseball Complex (3/26), before hosting the Tampa Spartans in a Sunshine State Conference series (3/28). Following the series against Tampa, NSU visits Saint Leo (4/5) for a three-game set. Nova Southeastern then will match up against Embry-Riddle (4/12) in a SSC series and takes on Barry (4/16) before going back on the road to play Florida Southern in Sunshine State Conference action on April 21st.  

NSU home stretch of the 2024 regular season with Sunshine State Conference series against Lynn (4/26), a non-conference matchup on April 30th against Palm Beach Atlantic, before a pair of SSC matchups against Barry (5/3) and finishing up the regular season against Eckerd (5/11).  

To purchase season passes for the 2024 Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball season, be sure to visit here. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball.  

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