Three Sharks Garner All-SSC Honors

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the league’s 2024 baseball postseason awards. Justin Wachs earned first-team All-Sunshine State Conference honors, while Boris Peña (Second-Team) and Jorge Braceras (All-Defensive Team) were also recognized. The full release by the Sunshine State Conference can be found here

Overall, 37 student-athletes garnered all-league honors, across the first, second and all-defensive teams. Voting for the All-SSC baseball awards is conducted among the league’s head baseball coaches.  

Wachs put together the best season of his career in 2024 and was the only Sharks player to start all 45 games during the campaign. The redshirt-junior led NSU in with 59 hits, while recording a 0.353 batting average, adding nine doubles, seven home runs, and 35 runs batted in. In Sunshine State Conference action, Wachs recorded a team-high 40 hits, a 0.333 batting average, seven doubles, five home runs and 25 runs batted in.  

Peña anchored the middle of the Sharks lineup during the 2024 campaign. Peña recorded a 0.346 batting average, 0.455 on-base percentage, 0.593 slugging percentage, while leading NSU with nine home runs, 38 runs batted in and 96 total bases. The graduate student had a 0.339 batting average, six doubles, six home runs, and 21 runs batted in during league play.  

Braceras was excellent behind the plate for NSU, leading the Sunshine State Conference with 19 runners caught stealing, the most in a season for Nova Southeastern since 2005.  

The Nova Southeastern Sharks, under the direction of Head Coach Adrian Morales, finished the 2024 season with a 28-18 record, the second most wins for a first-year head coach in progam history, To stay up-to-date on NSU Baseball during the off-season, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_Baseball.  

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NSU Baseball Honors Senior Class

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Baseball team split a doubleheader matchup with the Eckerd Tritons on Saturday afternoon from the NSU Baseball Complex.  

Prior to today’s doubleheader NSU athletics honored 11 seniors, Kolbe Aven, Jorge Braceras, Ryan Bradarich, Tyson Cooper, Frank Elissalt, Charlie Nichols, Boris Pena, MC Sagaro, Henry Wallen, Jarrett Bond, Michael Dillon

Breakdown (GAME ONE) 

Records: Nova Southeastern 28-17, 18-11 SSC | Eckerd 17-31, 5-23 SSC  
Score: Nova Southeastern 12 | Eckerd 10   
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   
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How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Tritons came out aggressive, tacking on four quick runs to take the early 4-0 lead. 

BOT 1st – Henry Waller answered with a grand slam, tying the game at one apiece.  

BOT 1st – Tyson Cooper came up to the plate and singled to right field, bringing Garcia home for the fifth Shark run of the game. 

TOP 3rd – Eckerd wasn’t backing down, putting another run on the board to bring the score to 5-5. 

TOP 5th – The Tritons tacked on another run, off a fielding error by the Sharks. 

BOT 5th RBIs from Rodriguez and Noriega pushed NSU ahead 8-6.  

TOP 7th – Eckerd continued to battle, putting two more runs on the board and tying the game at eight a piece. 

TOP 8th – The run barrage continued for the Tritons as they scored another run to take a 9-8 lead. 

TOP 9th – A home run by Eckerd allowed them to eclipse the double-digit run mark, taking a 10-8 lead. 

BOT 9th – With the bases loaded, Jorge Braceras was walked, bringing home a run and cutting NSU’s deficit to one. Shortly after, Henry Wallen scored a run off of a fielder’s choice, tying the game at 10-10. 

BOT 10th – Justin Wachs then came up to the plate and hit a walk-off two run homer to secure the 12-10 victory for NSU. 
 

Breakdown (GAME TWO) 

Records: Nova Southeastern 28-19, 18-12 SSC | Eckerd 18-31, 5-23 SSC  
Score: Nova Southeastern 4 | Eckerd 9   
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   
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How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Tritons struck first with a sacrifice fly. 

BOT 2nd – Landon Lowe hit an RBI double to center field, tying the game at one apiece. 

TOP 3rd – Eckerd reclaimed the lead after putting another run on the board. 

TOP 4th – The run barrage continued for the Tritons, as they scored two runs, giving themselves a three-run advantage. 

TOP 5th – EC tacked on three more runs, pushing their lead to 7-1.  

TOP 7th – Eckerd continued to put the pressure on, tacking on another run. 

BOT 8th – The Sharks began to mount a comeback, scoring three runs and cutting their deficit to 8-4. 

TOP 9th – Eckerd would go on to seal the deal, scoring their ninth run of the game ultimately securing the 9-4 win over the Sharks. 

What's Next

The Sharks will await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, May 11 at 10:00pm.  

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Sharks Take Down Tritons in SSC Series Opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Baseball team took down Eckerd in an SSC series opener on Friday evening from the NSU Baseball Complex. NSU was led by a grand slam from Zeth Rodriguez.  

Breakdown

Records: Nova Southeastern 27-17, 17-11 SSC | Eckerd 17-29, 5-22 SSC 
Score: Nova Southeastern 4 | Eckerd 0  
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  
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How it Happened

BOT 3rd – With the bases loaded, Zeth Rodriguez stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam to left field, putting the Sharks up 4-0. 

Stellar pitching from NSU kept the pressure on Eckerd, ultimately securing the 4-0 SSC victory for the Sharks.  

What's Next  
  
The Sharks will return to the field on Saturday, May 9 for a doubleheader matchup with Eckerd at the NSU Baseball Complex in the last series of the regular season. The Sharks will celebrate senior day tomorrow, with festivities beginning at 12:40 p.m. First-pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

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Sharks Salvage Series with win in Finale

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team salvaged its Sunshine State Conference series with a 5-4 victory over Barry in the finale on Sunday afternoon at Feinbloom Field. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 26-17, 16-11 SSC | Barry 26-21, 14-13 SSC
Score: Nova Southeastern 5 | Barry 4
Location: Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla. 
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How it Happened

  • Barry took a 2-0 lead over the Sharks with a two-run single in the bottom of the second inning. 
  • Tyson Cooper got NSU on the scoreboard with an RBI single, driving in Zeth Rodriguez, putting the score at 2-1. 
  • Nova Southeastern tied the game on an RBI single by Rodriguez in the top of the fourth. 
  • The score remained dead-locked at 2-2 until the top of the seventh inning, when NSU plated a pair of runs to take a 4-2 lead. 
  • Rodriguez scored the go-ahead run for the Sharks, his second run of the game, on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Cainzos, before Justin Wachs drove in Jorge Braceras providing an insurance run.
  • The Buccaneers scored a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, tying the game at 4-4. 
  • Cainzos added a solo home run, giving the Sharks a 5-4 advantage in the top of the ninth. 
  • Michael Dillon pitched the final 2.1 innings, earning his first win of the season. 

What's Next
Nova Southeastern hosts Eckerd in the final weekend of the regular season with a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at the NSU Baseball Complex beginning on Friday, May 9th. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Sharks Drop Game Two Against Bucs

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – In the second game of the Sunshine State Conference series between the Nova Southeastern Sharks and the Barry Buccaneers, NSU was defeated 5-4 on Saturday evening at Feinbloom Field. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 25-17, 15-11 SSC | Barry 26-20, 14-12 SSC
Score: Nova Southeastern 4 | Barry 5
Location: Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
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How it Happened
Jorge Braceras gave NSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, driving in Henry Wallen with an RBI single.
Boris Pena extended the Sharks’ advantage with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. 
Bryan Loriga and Wallen each recorded an RBI base hit in the top of the fifth inning, pushing the Nova Southeastern lead to 4-0 over Barry. 
The Buccaneers flipped the game in the bottom half of the frame, recording five hits and scoring five runs, taking a 5-4 lead over NSU. 
Nova Southeastern was unable to muster any offense in the final four innings, dropping the SSC contest 5-4 to the Buccaneers. 

What's Next
The Sharks and Buccaneers will conclude their three-game Sunshine State Conference series on Sunday, May 5th, at Feinbloom Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

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Sharks Fall in SSC Series Opener to Bucs

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – In a pivotal match-up between two programs battling for postseason positioning, the Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team saw their seven-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Barry Buccaneers with a 7-5 loss on Friday evening at Feinbloom Field. 

Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 25-16, 15-10 SSC | Barry 25-20, 13-12 SSC
Score: Nova Southeastern 5 | Barry 7
Location: Fienbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla. 
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How it Happened

  • The Sharks started the scoring in the top of the first inning, as Justin Wachs scored on a balk. 
  • In the top of the second inning, Boris Pena scored on a double play and extended NSU’s lead to 2-0. 
  • Barry plated five runs in the bottom half of the third inning, putting the score at 5-2. 
  • Landon Lowe helped the Sharks cut into the Buccaneers lead, driving in Pena with an RBI ground-out. 
  • Barry scored another two runs in the bottom of the sixth, extending their lead to 7-3. 
  • Wachs came through with an RBI single, scoring Lowe, putting the score at 7-4 in the top of the seventh inning. 
  • Zeth Rodriguez added another RBI base hit for the Sharks, cutting the deficit to 7-5, but that was all the offense NSU could muster as the Sharks were defeated in the series opener. 

What's Next
NSU returns to action with game two of the three game Sunshine State Conference series on Saturday, May 4th, at Feinbloom Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Sharks and Sailfish Rained Out

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tuesday evening’s baseball game between the Nova Southeastern Sharks and Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish has been canceled due to inclement weather. 

NSU returns to action on Friday, May 3rd, in Sunshine State Conference action against the Barry Buccaneers. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_Baseball. 

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Boris Peña Named SSC Player of the Week

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the Players of the Week for the week of April 22 – April 28, on Monday afternoon. Nova Southeastern Sharks student-athlete Boris Peña (Baseball) earned honors following his performances this past week.     

Peña is honored as Player of the Week after leading Nova Southeastern to a three-game sweep of Lynn last week. The Miami native went 6-for-10 at the plate and tallied six runs batted in, three runs scored, three walks, and two home runs. Peña recorded two hits, a run, a walk, and at least one RBI in all three games. He also swiped a bag in the first two games of the series. The graduate student finished the week with a .600 batting average, a .714 on-base percentage, a 1.200 slugging percentage, and 12 bases in 14 plate. Defensively, Peña had eight putouts in eight chances.
 

To stay up-to-date on the Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team, be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram at NSU_Baseball.   

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Sharks Complete SSC Sweep of Lynn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team completed their Sunshine State Conference series sweep over the Lynn Fighting Knights with a 4-2 victory at the NSU Baseball Complex on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks now hold sole possession of third place in the conference with two series left. 

Breakdown

Records: Nova Southeastern 25-15, 15-9 SSC | Lynn 21-26, 7-20 SSC
Score: Nova Southeastern 4 | Lynn 2 
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
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How it Happened

Bryan Loriga gave the Sharks the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a sacrifice fly that drove in Tyson Cooper

Lynn tied the game with an RBI triple in the top of the third inning. 

Loriga reclaimed the lead for NSU with a solo home run, giving the Sharks a 2-1 advantage. 

Boris Pena hit his eighth home run of the season, extending NSU’s lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Later in the frame, Zeth Rodriguez came into score, pushing the advantage to 4-1. 

Lynn made the score 4-2, following a wild pitch, in the top of the fifth inning. 

Frank Elissalt, Edwin Alicea and Keyler Gonzalez combined to throw four shutout innings in relief, as Carlos Nolasco earned his third win of the season. 

What's Next

Nova Southeastern takes on Palm Beach Atlantic in non-conference action on Tuesday, April 30th, in West Palm Beach, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_Baseball.

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Sharks Take SSC Series Over Lynn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Baseball team defeated the Lynn Fighting Knights 12-8 in game two of the Sunshine State Conference series on Saturday afternoon at the NSU Baseball Complex. Ryan Cainzos (1-1, HR, 3 RBI) and Zeth Rodriguez (2-4, 3 RBI) both recorded three runs batted in during the game, while Tyson Cooper (4-6, RBI)  added four hits in the effort. 
Breakdown
Records: Nova Southeastern 24-15, 14-9 SSC | Lynn 21-25, 7-19 SSC
Score: Nova Southeastern 12 | Lynn 8
Location: NSU Baseball Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • Tyson Cooper scored the first run of the game following a hit by pitch by Ryan Cainzos, giving NSU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
  • In the bottom of the third inning, Canizos extended the lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. 
  • Lynn scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning, taking a 4-2 lead over NSU. 
  • The Sharks responded with a three-run bottom half of the frame, as Boris Pena drove in both Bryan Loriga and Cooper with a two-run single. 
  • NSU capped off the inning with a bases loaded walk from Zeth Rodriguez, reclaiming the lead at 5-4. 
  • In the bottom of the sixth, Rodriguez drove in a Pena and Henry Wallen, pushing the Sharks lead to 9-4. 
  • NSU’s lead continued to grow following an RBI ground-out by Kristian Noriega and back-to-back singles from Cooper and Justin Wachs, giving Nova Southeastern a 10-4 lead. 
  • Cainzos padded Nova Southeastern’s lead with a solo home run, his first of the season, pushing the lead to 11-4.
  • Lynn scored three runs in the top half of the eighth, cutting the lead to 11-7. 
  • Wachs added another RBI, bringing in Landon Lowe with an RBI ground-out, giving NSU a 12-7 lead. 
  • Lynn plated a run in the ninth, but Michael Dillon closed out the game, as the Sharks earned the 12-8 victory. 

What's Next
Nova Southeastern will take on Lynn in the Sunshine State Conference series finale on Sunday, April 28th, at the NSU Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. To stay up-to-date on NSU Baseball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_Baseball

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