Home Run Swings Power No. 16 Sharks Past No. 2 Colorado Mesa in Series Finale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Once the No. 16 Nova Southeastern baseball team got on track, their power swings were impossible to stop, overpowering No. 2 Colorado Mesa, 11-7, in Saturday’s series finale at the NSU Baseball Complex. First-year players Olivier Mayrand, Stephen Schissler and Ray Sanchez each went yard to push the Sharks past the Mavericks, accounting for seven Sharks runs.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: Nova Southeastern – 11, Colorado Mesa – 7
Records:  Nova Southeastern (2-4), Colorado Mesa (2-1)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
As it played out in the previous two games of the series, the Colorado Mesa Mavericks exerted a formidable offensive approach at the NSU Baseball Complex. However, unlike the prior outings, the Sharks made immediate and significant responses at the plate after CMU chalked up runs in the first and third on a Haydn McGeary home run and Tyler Parker RBI single. This time around, Duncan Pastore and Brandon Chinea capitalized on a CMU miscue in back-to-back scoring plays in the third. Pastore followed Tyler Epstein with infield singles to the shortstop – Pastore’s bringing home freshman center fielder Schissler, who was making his first collegiate start. Chinea followed with a two-run double to the right center wall for what would eventually be the final go-ahead run. After Adan Fernandez added a single, Andrew Labosky expanded the lead with an RBI double to left center.
 
The Sharks lead then at two runs, Bryan Diaz walked to load the bases – then the freshman catcher Mayrand cranked a no-doubt home run beyond the left field fence – the first grand slam for the Sharks since April 20 last season at Eckerd. The huge swing by the rookie invigorated the Sharks and provided the home team an 8-2 advantage.
 
Although the Mavericks brought things closer in the fifth with another McGeary homer, this time for three runs, Anthony DiFede entered in relief and calmed things down to keep the lead at 8-5 in NSU’s favor.
 
Matt Ornelas and Nik Sanders took over pitching duties to keep the Sharks clear through the sixth and the seventh, making way for another key NSU strike. In the home half of the sixth, the Sharks saw another freshman put one out, as a Schissler home run edged over the fence for a 9-5 advantage. The junior at first base, Sanchez delivered a third NSU home run for a pair in the seventh and the most runs since last February.
 
Although the Mavericks tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth, it was too little, too late, as Lucas Reid delivered a blank ninth frame to secure the 11-7 series finale victory.
 
For the Sharks, DiFede (1-0) earned the win while finishing out the fifth and halting the CMU run. For the Mavericks, starter Jared Ure (0-1) absorbs the loss, throwing 2.2 innings and giving up all eight third-inning NSU runs.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • With the victory, the Sharks’ record in the series moves to 1-2 and 2-4 on the year.
  • For the second consecutive game, the Sharks secured a pair of double plays at key moments.
  • With three home runs on the afternoon, it was the most dingers for NSU since last April 12 at Lynn (4).
  • The Sharks’ hitting fell back in line with the stats this season, tying CMU with 12 hits apiece and only leaving four men aboard on the afternoon.
  • After seeing a five-game hit streak broken last game, Pastore returned to the hits column with a 2-for-5, one RBI, one run performance in the finale.
  • Labosky and Schissler each went 2-for-4 to lead the Sharks – each tallying one RBI and two runs.
  • Chinea was also 2-for-5 with two RBI.
  • Eight NSU starters collected hits.
  • Sanders went the longest of NSU’s relievers at 1.1 innings, allowing no Mavericks aboard and striking out one.

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UP NEXT

Nova Southeastern opens a new series next weekend as hosts to Newberry, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15 at the NSU Baseball Complex.

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Slow Offensive Start Limits No. 16 Sharks in Game Two Loss to No. 2 Colorado Mesa

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On a chilly evening at the NSU Baseball Complex, the No. 16 Nova Southeastern baseball offense took a few innings to warm, as the No. 2 Colorado Mesa Mavericks built an early lead. Despite steady relief pitching, the Sharks found the deficit insurmountable in Friday’s 6-2 loss.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: Colorado Mesa – 6, Nova Southeastern – 2
Records:  Colorado Mesa (2-0), Nova Southeastern (1-4)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
A bit chillier of an evening in the series opened on a different note in the play on the field, as CMU led off with a full count walk for Caleb Farmer, who came around to score on a double play ball secured by Tyler Epstein. Again, the Mavericks converted a full count walk in the second, as Tyler Parker got aboard with one out and came around to score on a Blaine DeMello RBI single to right field.
 
The lead grew to three runs for CMU in the third, as Tanner Garner led off with a double, stole third and came home on a DeMello sacrifice fly – in spite of the athletic play of Bryan Diaz to make the grab in right field at a dead sprint.
 
Staring down three consecutive innings with a single CMU score, starter Nathan Campbell worked out of a serious jam to change the Sharks’ defensive fortunes. Campbell had runners at the corners with no outs, fanning two and inducing a groundout to end the threat. In the fifth, he handed off to Jarret Krzyzanowski, who tossed three scoreless innings and fanned six of the first 10 batters he faced to match a career high.
 
However, Krzyzanowski reached his limit after 3.1 innings, as Parker’s RBI double to left center broke up a fifth shutout inning for the Sharks. NSU went to the bullpen for Brady Acker in his first appearance since 2018 – but the Sharks senior saw two additional runs reach the board before Tyler Epstein snagged a fouled-off ball to close the book on the eighth.
 
For the Mavericks, Trevin Reynolds (1-0) earned the win after tossing 5.0 innings, keeping the Sharks off the board with just two hits. The starter, Campbell (0-1) went 4.0 innings but absorbed the loss with three runs allowed.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • With the loss, the Sharks’ record moves to 1-4..
  • Despite averaging 11 hits per game the first four games, the Sharks put five hits on the board and were held off until Brandon Chinea’s bullet up the middle in the fourth.
  • Batting in the leadoff position, Duncan Pastore was held without a hit for the first time in five games.
  • Leading the Sharks hitters, Fernandez went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • Diaz added the other RBI for NSU, going 1-for-3 on the night.
  • For the second straight game, Krzyzanowski calmed things down in relief, throwing three shutout innings before allowing a run.
  • Krzyzanowki matched his career high at six strikeouts with no walks, reaching the same total as his Feb. 19, 2019 count at North Greenville.
  • Krzyzanowski is at 3.86 ERA through 7.0 innings this season.
  • The record between these programs is now 0-2 for the Sharks.
  • Going 629 days between appearances, Acker’s outing was his first since facing Florida Southern at the NCAA South Regional on May 19, 2018.

DIRECT FROM COACH LAZ GUTIERREZ

UP NEXT
Nova Southeastern’s series with the Colorado Mesa Mavericks will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the NSU Baseball Complex.

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No. 16 Sharks’ Lead Slips Away Late in Series-Opening Loss to No. 2 Colorado Mesa

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Riding an early-game lead late into Thursday night’s first-ever meeting against No. 2 Colorado Mesa, the No. 16 Nova Southeastern Sharks struggled to put the reigning NCAA runner-up away in a series-opening 8-7 comeback loss at the NSU Baseball Complex.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: Colorado Mesa – 8, Nova Southeastern – 7
Records:  Colorado Mesa (1-0), Nova Southeastern (1-3)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
Facing off with a high-caliber non-Regional opponent that finished as runner-up at last year’s DII College World Series, the Sharks took the first lead of the game for the first time this season. Sophomore third baseman Duncan Pastore set that tone for the Sharks, leading off the first with a double to the right center alley. Left fielder Adan Fernandez cashed him in with a twisting RBI single into left center.
 
In the top of the third, the Mavericks converted for their first lead of the season on a two-run Jordan Stubbings single. However, the Sharks delivered their response with an exclamation point in the home half. After Pastore singled and Andrew Labosky walked, Fernandez absolutely crushed a ball to dead center, going yard for three runs – the ball bouncing high to a resting place on the third level of the HPD Parking Garage.
 
The Mavericks chipped off one run before  Labosky curved a two-run single into right center that granted the Sharks a three-run advantage. However, as the Sharks got deeper into the bullpen, the CMU offense started to make its move, trimming the NSU lead to a single run in the top of the seventh. A well-placed bunt with two aboard in the eighth evened the game as Blaine Demello collected an RBI walk to make it 6-6.
 
In the ninth it was CMU taking advantage of the high winds, as the breeze carried a Spencer Bramwell two-run homer to left center for the final Mavericks lead.
 
The Sharks made their move in the home half, trimming the deficit to a single run on an Alex Hernandez sacrifice fly that drove in Bryan Diaz, but pinch hitter Joey Raffaele’s shot to center field fell just inside the wall to send the score final at 8-7 in Colorado Mesa’s favor.
 
Tossing the final five innings, Josh Danyliw (1-0) earned the win despite giving up three runs on five hits. For the Sharks, Lucas Reid (0-1) took the loss after throwing the final two frames.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • With the loss, the Sharks’ record moves to 1-3 – the last 1-3 start came in 2016 when the Sharks won the NCAA DII National Championship.
  • Two of the three losses have come by a one-run margin with the opportunity to win late, as the Sharks did with a Bryan Diaz walk-off against Tusculum.
  • The Sharks led the hitting line 13-12 with 8-of-9 starters collecting a base hit.
  • The 13 hits is a team-high total in the early season.
  • Pastore collected a hit for the fifth consecutive game, extending into 2019.
  • It was Pastore’s third multi-hit game this season and his team-high 3-for-4 performance matches a career-high three runs scored last March against Southern New Hampshire.
  • Fernandez was 2-for-5 with a home run, accounting for four RBI, marking his third multi-hit game in four tries – his home run was the first for an NSU player this season.
  • Chinea also went 2-for-3 with a double for his second multi-hit game of the year.
  • Despite giving a pair of earned runs early in his outing, Jeremy Cook hung in there for 4.0 innings, striking out six Mavericks.
  • A consequential stat on the night, the Sharks hit four CMU batters, the most single the season-opening game against Catawba last season.
  • The record between these programs is now 0-1 for the Sharks.

DIRECT FROM COACH LAZ GUTIERREZ



UP NEXT

Nova Southeastern’s series with the Colorado Mesa Mavericks continues into the weekend, taking the field again on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the NSU Baseball Complex.

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No. 16 Sharks Fall Just Short Against St. Thomas

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It all came down to the wire in Sunday’s local face-off with St. Thomas for the No. 16 Nova Southeastern baseball team at the NSU Baseball Complex. Battling back from an early deficit, the Sharks came up just shy of the mark in a one-run loss to the Bobcats, who squashed a promising NSU rally push with a well-timed double play to send the game final at 4-3 in STU’s favor.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: St. Thomas – 4, Nova Southeastern – 3
Records:  St. Thomas (2-1), Nova Southeastern (1-2)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
The afternoon tilt opened on a shutdown frame by starter Matt Ornelas, but the Bobcats capitalized on three walks in the second inning – the third coming for a Joey Thompson RBI. Gus Guerra followed with an RBI single and STU jumped out to a two-run advantage. In the third, STU forced Ornelas out and picked up a Jack Khawly sacrifice fly.
 
Despite doling out a formidable top velocity at 96 mph, STU starter Merfy Andrew started missing his spots in the third and led off by hitting Nathan Chevalier and walking Andrew Labosky. A passed ball moved everyone over and Chevalier scored on a wild pitch. A subsequent Bryan Diaz walk provided the distraction to perfectly execute a delayed double steal, as Labosky came home easily to cut the deficit to a single run.
 
After the game settled down offensively, putting three straight frames of zeroes on the board, the Bobcats pushed their lead back out via a seventh-inning Daniel Mondejar RBI triple, despite the nearly-successful efforts of a diving Chevalier in center field.
 
The Sharks were quick to snatch the run back. Labosky coaxed out a one-out walk to set up Bryan Diaz for an RBI single, dropped just in front of the right fielder to draw the deficit back down to one run.
 
After Nik Sanders put the Bobcats down cleanly in the top half of the ninth, the Sharks offense kicked back into action, with Chevalier taking a walk and Labosky reaching on a single. However, the opportunity for Diaz to serve as hero in consecutive games eluded NSU, as Labosky’s break for second base put baseman Christian Alvarez in just the right position to scoop Diaz’ grounder in time for the tag and the game-ending double play.
 
For the Bobcats, first reliever Jason Grana (1-0) earned the win, while starter Ornelas (0-1) takes to loss for NSU on 2.1 innings with three runs and, three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • With the loss, the Sharks finish opening weekend with a 1-2 record.
  • The hitting line was even in the tighly-contested matchup at six apiece.
  • At 12 free passes on the day, the Sharks drew the most walks since taking base on balls 14 times against Merrimack on March 13, 2017.
  • The first Shark out of the bullpen, Jarret Krzyzanowski made a stalwart relief appearance, going 3.2 innings with no runs on just one hit.
  • Diaz extends his hitting streak to nine games, including the final six games of the 2019 season.
  • For the fourth consecutive game, extending to last season’s NCAA South Regional final, Pastore collected a hit.
  • Labosky scored twice for the second time this season, he was 1-for-2 and tied his career high with three walks – previously April 26, 2019 vs. Saint Leo.
  • Freshmen Tyler Epstein and Olivier Mayrand both made their first career starts – recording no hits but earning two walks apiece.

DIRECT FROM COACH LAZ GUTIERREZ

UP NEXT
Nova Southeastern will return to action next Thursday, Feb. 6 with the start of a three-game series against No. 2 Colorado Mesa in the programs’ first meeting. The Mavericks finished the 2019 season as runner-up in Cary.

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No. 16 Sharks Walk Off Tusculum for Gutierrez’s First Win as Head Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Rebounding from 15 runs allowed in a season-opening loss to No. 7 North Greenville, the No. 16 Nova Southeastern baseball team came from behind to defeat the Tusculum Pioneers in thrilling fashion, 5-4, on Saturday evening. A ninth-inning rally culminated with right fielder Bryan Diaz’s walk-off single off the glove of the right fielder, scoring freshman Tyler Epstein for the first victory under head coach Laz Gutierrez.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: Nova Southeastern – 5, Tusculum 4
Records:  Nova Southeastern (1-1), Tusculum (0-1)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
Much like the previous game, the Sharks faced a deficit from the jump. This time, the Pioneers started with a leadoff single by Daulton Martin, who was driven in by a double to right field, despite what appeared to be a great relay throw to the plate. Jaden Steagall came through for TU with a two-out RBI single to put a second run on the board.
 
After both teams went down in order for the next inning-and-a-half, the Pioneers added to their lead with another two-out RBI base hit from Steagall. The Sharks started their comeback in the bottom half, though, when Brandon Chinea reached on an infield single to third and advanced to second base when the throw reached the fence behind first base. Another error allowed Alex Hernandez to get on base, and Nathan Chevalier scored Chinea with a double off the right field wall. Back-to-back walks by Tyler Epstein and Duncan Pastore brought Hernandez in, but after a pitching change with the bases loaded and nobody out, Tusculum reliever Mitch McCain got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to hold the 3-2 lead.
 
Stephen Schissler was the first reliever out of the pen for the Sharks in the fifth inning, and Martin greeted him with a single and stolen base, then scored on a Brandon Trammell double for the second time. However, the Sharks got a clutch line-drive double play to escape further damage.
 
After being unable to score Epstein following a one-out triple, the Sharks nearly missed on a golden scoring chance with a pair of singles to start off the next inning, but a delayed double steal worked to perfection, scoring Adan Fernandez, and Hernandez drove in Bryan Diaz with a single to left-center to tie the game at 4-all.
 
Five scoreless half-innings ensued heading into the bottom of the ninth. Epstein led off with a single to right field, and Pastore drove one deep to center, but Epstein slipped rounding second, resulting in a baserunning miscue and the two players converging on third – Pastore was tagged trying to retreat back to second. Andrew Labosky was intentionally walked, setting up the potential of a double play opportunity with Fernandez at the dish, but Labosky stole second on a great dirtball read, and Fernandez reached when Tusculum returned the favor of the Sharks’ previous blunder by losing a high pop up in the lights. With all the ducks on the pond, Bryan Diaz battled to a 2-2 count, fouling off a few pitches, before finally finishing it off with the walk-off on the high-arching oufield shot.

For the Sharks, Jacob Bove (1-0) earned the win after a solid 1.2-inning relief debut, allowing no runs and no hits, while striking out one. Facing five batters on .1 innings of action, Carter Linton (0-1) takes the loss for Tusculum.

STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • The Sharks improve to 7-1 in the all-time season series.
  • Four players led the Sharks with two hits apiece: Epstein, Pastore, Fernandez and Diaz.
  • Pastore has begun the season with his second straight multi-hit performance, recording a double in each game, the first time in his career with doubles in back-to-back games.
  • Fernandez opens his NSU career with a pair of multi-hit games, as well.
  • In just his second collegiate appearance, Tyler Epstein came off the bench in the third inning with two big hits, including a triple, and the game-winning run.
  • Nathan Campbell struck out six batters in four innings of work, striking out the side in the second inning. He tied the second-best strikeout total of his career and the most since his complete game two-hitter against Florida Tech on March 16, 2019.
  • Sacramento City College transfers Lucas Reid and Bove combined for five strikeouts in 3.2 hitless innings to lock down the bullpen at the end of the game. retired all five batters he faced after entering into an eighth-inning jam with a runner on second and one out.

 
UP NEXT
The Sharks will wrap up their opening weekend with a matchup against local former conference foe St. Thomas, the No. 2 nationally-ranked team in the NAIA polls. The Bobcats began their season with a 9-3 win over crosstown rival Florida Memorial, before a Friday night 5-3 loss at Lynn. Their Saturday afternoon meeting with Palm Beach Atlantic was cancelled due to the same weather problems that delayed the Sharks and Pioneers.
 

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Despite Heavy Hitting, No. 16 Baseball Falls to No. 7 North Greenville in Opener

Box Score FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The No. 16 Nova Southeastern baseball team was not able to deliver the win in the team’s 2020 debut and opening night for head coach Laz Gutierrez against No. 7 North Greenville. Friday night’s opener saw a big-hitting, see-saw battle at the NSU Baseball Complex – NGU coming away with the 15-9 win.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final Score: North Greenville – 15, Nova Southeastern – 9
Records:  North Greenville (1-0), Nova Southeastern (0-1)
Location: NSU Baseball Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
The first inning was an explosive one, with North Greenville sparking the bats on a two-out John Michael Faile home run out of left center. That shot ignited the Sharks, who opened with a leadoff Daniel Irisarri walk, and quickly shifted the momentum. Two runners aboard for senior Andrew Labosky amounted to a tied game, as the Sharks’ third baseman found the hole in the defense with a bloop RBI double in shallow left field. Left fielder Adan Fernandez tacked on a sacrifice fly, first baseman Ray Sanchez debuted with an RBI double to the left field corner and shortstop Brandon Chinea wrapped the frame with a hot shot RBI single over his counterpart to bring in Sanchez for the 4-1 lead.
 
However, the Crusaders did a solid job of hanging around and finished on scoring opportunities, sparking a rally in the third to even the score on a Douglas Angeli RBI triple and a second Faile home run – this time for a pair. NGU was again able to overtake the Sharks in the fourth courtesy of a two-run Gehrig Octavio RBI single.
 
Facing a 7-5 deficit, Chinea used a leadoff bunt single to fuel an NSU rally in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on NGU miscues to reach third, setting up a Nathan Chevalier RBI groundout.
 
Sanchez added his second RBI double in the fifth and Bryan Diaz scored from third on a Chinea sacrifice fly to knot the score at 7-all.
 
The tie wouldn’t stand long, as the Crusaders responded with a five-run sixth inning that allowed the separation to maintain the lead for good.
 
Although Fernandez and freshman pinch hitter Tyler Epstein tacked up RBI in the final three innings, the Sharks weren’t able to overcome the deficit en route to the 15-9 final score in NGU’s favor.
 
For the Crusaders, J. Lembcke (1-0) earned the win on 2.0 innings of work, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. For the Sharks, Jeremy Cook (0-1) took the loss, going 2.1 innings with six runs on five hits, striking out four.
 
STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • Despite the loss, the Sharks outhit the Crusaders 14-12 on the night
  • The loss evens the series at five wins apiece.
  • The Sharks left 10 runners aboard, while NGU stranded only seven.
  • Eight NSU hitters collected hits, with five earning a multi-hit night.
  • Pastore led the Sharks with a 3-for-5 hitting performance, batting in one run and scoring another.
  • Sanchez and Fernandez put up strong NSU debuts, both collecting two hits with two RBI and combining for three doubles.
  • Labosky was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Chinea was also 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run.
  • Cook led the Sharks with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings for his first NSU appearance.

UP NEXT
Nova Southeastern is scheduled to face Tusculum on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Inclement weather is slated to push through South Florida overnight and into the early parts of Saturday.
 

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No. 16 Sharks Baseball Opens 2020 Campaign Friday vs. No 7 North Greenville

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The No. 16 Nova Southeastern Sharks baseball team will take the field for the first time in the 2020 season on Friday night at the NSU Baseball Complex. Friday will also mark the first game under first-year head coach Laz Gutierrez, as the Sharks face No. 7 North Greenville at 7:00 p.m.
 
Coming off a 34-17 season in which the Sharks finished in a three-way tie for the best league record in the Sunshine State Conference, NSU was picked by the SSC coaches at second in the preseason predicted order of finish – behind only reigning National Champion Tampa. In addition, the Sharks were tabbed in a tie for third (with West Florida) in the preseason South Region standings by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) – coming in at 16th nationally in both their poll and from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
 
Hogging all the individual attention right now is multi-talented sophomore Duncan Pastore, who will play both third and will be a rotation starter for NSU this season – earning NCBWA first team All-Region honors and All-American honorable mention after winning SSC Freshman of the Year in 2019. Pastore batted .344 in his debut season, with six doubles, 12 walks, 26 runs and 13 RBI in just 33 games. On the bump, he went 4-0 with a starter-leading 2.51 ERA, 33 strikeouts and a .211 average against. Also back for the Sharks, senior designated hitter Andrew Labosky batted a team-high .360 a year ago, smacking a team-high 12 doubles with 36 runs and 25 RBI, reaching base at a .474 clip – and was named NCBWA preseason second team All-Region. Junior Bryan Diaz returns as an anchor for the outfield after appearing in 42 games and batting .348 with nine doubles, two triples and a pair of homers. The Sharks also get the benefit of returning starters at key positions in center field (Nathan Chevalier, 34 starts), second base (Daniel Irisarri, 42 starts) and shortstop (Brandon Chinea, 43 starts). Ray Sanchez has been a solid addition to fill the absence at first base, coming out of Palm Beach State with 23 extra base hits, 55 RBI and 45 runs. The outfield hole left by Christian Demby’s graduation will be filled by FIU-transfer Junior Adan Fernandez – a former Freshman All-American who started 78-of-94 games in two seasons for the Panthers, showing a penchant for the extra base hit with 15 dingers, seven doubles, 44 RBI and 43 runs. Fernandez was named among South Region Newcomers to Watch by CBN.
 
On the mound Pastore will be joined by nine pitchers with experience from a year ago. Among the top starters during his 2019 rookie season, sophomore southpaw Nathan Campbell earned a team-high six wins in 13 starts, tossing 64.1 innings with 42 strikeouts – the quality of his season belied by his final 5.18 ERA. CBN South Region Player to Watch, senior right-hander JP Williams will get plenty of work in his second NSU season after finishing 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in a team-high 18 relief appearances, striking out 43 with just 11 walks in 37.2 innings. Senior lefty Matt Ornelas is coming off a 3-1 season with a 5.61 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 43 innings. NSU also welcome 10 new arms to the staff, highlighted by Flanagan High School star Jeremy Cook, who posted a 4.78 ERA in 32 innings of relief at Miami. Junior Jacob Bove has also proven himself coming out of Sacramento City College.
 
The Crusaders are facing the Sharks for the third consecutive season and reached the NCAA Southeast Super Regional to close out a 45-11 record. NGU won both the regular season and tournament Championships in Conference Carolinas and swept through the Regional with wins over Mount Olive and Lincoln Memorial. When NSU traveled to Tigerville, S.C. last year, the Crusaders won the series 2-1, taking the first two contests 17-1, 10-1, before NSU picked up the 11-8 win in the finale.
 
The Crusaders are looking to reload with only four position starters returning and one starting pitcher back on the bump. NGU is led by NBCWA preseason first-team All-American catcher John Michael Faile, who went .391 with 13 home runs last year, pacing the team with 70 RBI for first-team Conference Carolinas and All-Region honors, ending as a second team All-American. Outfielder Josh Senter returns for a 2019 that featured 35 runs and 28 RBI off 11 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Lex Tuten is also back after batting .295 with nine doubles 25 runs and 18 RBI. Transfers from South Carolina (Jordan Holladay) and UNC Wilmington (Douglas Angeli) are expected to see the field early.
 
The only starter back for NGU is senior Ethan Gardner, who finished with a 6-1 record and 4.50 ERA, striking out 50 in 58 innings for the Crusaders. NGU returns three quality relievers in Grayson Hickert (0-0, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP in 18 App.,15 SO), Brock Robinson (2-2, 2.28 ERA, 23.2 IP in 19 App., 25 SO) and Jared Lembke (4-0, 4.01 ERA, 24.2 IP in 18 App., 25 SO). NGU is looking to get a boost from Christian Ryder, who made 20 appearances in three years at Georgia.
 
The series is split at 3-3 with the series wins skewed to the home team. NGU’s Garner took the loss in last year’s finale, giving up six runs in three innings of the start. First pitch between the Sharks and Crusaders is set for 6:00 p.m. at the NSU Baseball Complex.
 
Fans can follow live via Nova Southeastern live stats and watch the game broadcasted live via the SSC Digital Network.
 
A three-game weekend will continue for NSU on Saturday February 1, as the Sharks follow up against Tusculum and close out the weekend with a local matchup against St. Thomas on Sunday, February 2.
 

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Pastore Receives NCBWA All-America Honorable Mention, Sharks Listed at 16th

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Just two days after the All-Region teams were released with a first-team nod, sophomore Nova Southeastern baseball utility player Duncan Pastore added to his preseason accolades, as officials from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) tabbed the Tampa, Fla. native for preseason All-America honorable mention. The writer’s association also listed the Sharks at No. 16 in its preseason national poll.

Reigning National Champion Tampa and next week’s NSU opponent Colorado Mesa sit in the top two slots of the national poll after ending last season in the final. The Sharks recorded 180 points in the poll to list at 16th in the first year under coach Laz Gutierrez, after ending the 2019 season receiving votes.

Entering his sophomore campaign, the former Wharton High School standout garnered his first All-American nod. Pastore earned D2CCA All-Region honors last season after being honored as the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year; also with a slot on the All-SSC second team. Splitting time between the mound, third base and the outfield, Pastore batted .344 in his debut season, racking up 26 runs and 13 RBI in only 33 games, while also putting six doubles in play. Featuring the team’s third-best on-base percentage (.420), Pastore walked 14 times to go with his 43 hits – going on to rack up 12-of-16 stolen bases to rank third for the Sharks. On top of all that, Pastore made 13 pitching appearances with eight starts, collecting a 4-0 record with a starters-best 2.51 ERA, striking out 33 with just 12 walks in 43 innings pitched – allowing opponents only a .211 average against.
 
The 16th-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks open their 2020 season on Friday, January 31 at home against No. 7 North Greenville at the NSU Baseball Complex. Saturday, February 1, the Sharks will follow up against Tusculum and close out the weekend with a local matchup against St. Thomas on Sunday, February 2.
 

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NCBWA Picks Pastore, Labosky as Preseason All-Region, Sharks Tied for Third in South

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Staring down the opening week of the season, the Nova Southeastern baseball program received additional recognition this week in the form of preseason player accolades and a firm standing in the preseason South Region polls. Officials from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) listed the Sharks in a tie with West Florida for third in the South Region, while also tabbing Duncan Pastore and Andrew Labosky for preseason All-Region honors.
 
Reigning National Champion Tampa sits atop the preseason South Region poll with every first-place vote, while Delta State ranks second out of the Gulf South Conference. Florida Southern follows in fifth, ahead of Mississippi College, Valdosta State, Embry-Riddle, Florida Tech and Barry.
 
Hailing from Tampa, Fla., Pastore receives first-team preseason All-Region honors as a utility player heading into his sophomore campaign. The freshman phenom of 2019, Pastore was dubbed the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year, also adding D2CCA All-Region first team and All-SSC second team laurels. Playing anywhere the Sharks had an opportunity, but mostly third base and right field, Pastore batted .344 in his debut season, racking up 26 runs and 13 RBI in only 33 games, while also putting six doubles in play. Featuring the team’s third-best on-base percentage (.420), Pastore walked 14 times to go with his 43 hits – going on to rack up 12-of-16 stolen bases to rank third for the Sharks. On top of all that, Pastore made 13 pitching appearances with eight starts, collecting a 4-0 record with a starters-best 2.51 ERA, striking out 33 with just 12 walks in 43 innings pitched – allowing opponents only a .211 average against.
 
Heading into his fourth season at NSU out of Coral Springs, Fla., Labosky was named a designated hitter on the preseason All-Region second team. Labosky led NSU at the plate with a .360 average and listed at ninth in the SSC last year, collecting 36 runs and 25 RBI, aided by 12 doubles and three home runs, second on the team with 24 walks to boost his team-leading .474 on-base percentage. Once on the basepath, Labosky collected seven steals in nine attempts.
 
The 16th-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks open their 2020 season on Friday, January 31 at home against No. 7 North Greenville at the NSU Baseball Complex. Saturday, February 1, the Sharks will follow up against Tusculum and close out the weekend with a local matchup against St. Thomas on Sunday, February 2.
 

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Sharks Baseball Picked Second in Preseason SSC Coaches Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Entering the 2020 season ranked No. 16 nationally, the Nova Southeastern baseball team was also picked second in the Preseason Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Coaches Poll, league officials announced Thursday. The Sharks received 87 points, only behind defending National Champion Tampa (100 points, 10 first-place votes).
 
Heading into the first year with a new coach since 2011, the Sharks return 19 players from last season’s squad for skipper Laz Gutierrez. The 2019 Sharks finished 34-17 and tied for the best league record with Tampa and SSC Champion Eckerd. Nova Southeastern closed out the 2019 season in their fifth consecutive NCAA postseason, battling to the South Regional final before falling to Tampa in a 12th-inning stunner. The Sharks were picked at third in the 2019 preseason predicted order.
 
“It’s nice that our peers think highly of our team this year, but the reality is that we still need to play the games,” Gutierrez said. “The SSC is such a competitive conference that we need to be prepared to compete every time we step on the field.”
 
The Sharks will have the opportunity to be well prepared when conference play is in full stream, as NSU will face six opponents ranked in national preseason polls during their formidable 50-game schedule.
 
Beyond NSU in the poll, perennial contender Florida Southern is in third place at 78 points, while Embry-Riddle (60 points) and Florida Tech (58 points) round out the top-5. They are followed by Saint Leo (54 points), Barry (50 points), Lynn (38 points), Eckerd (31 points), Rollins (26 points) and Palm Beach Atlantic (23 points).
 

Below are the full results of the 2020 SSC Preseason Coaches Poll.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams
(points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).

 

2020 SSC BASEBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Rank School (FPV) Total Points
1 Tampa (10) 100
2 Nova Southeastern 87
3 Florida Southern (1) 78
4 Embry-Riddle 60
5 Florida Tech 58
6 Saint Leo 54
7 Barry 50
8 Lynn 38
9 Eckerd 31
10 Rollins 26
11 Palm Beach Atlantic 23

The Sharks open up the 2020 campaign in the confines of the NSU Baseball Complex with back-to-back-back dates against No. 7 North Greenville, Tusculum and St. Thomas from Jan. 31 to 2.

 

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