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Sharks Baseball Advances To Regional Championship With Win Over DSU
Anchia and Gomez go deep in win over Delta State.
Posted: 5/22/2016 12:30:00 AM


TAMPA, Fla. –
 The No. 6 Nova Southeastern University baseball team (38-15, 18-6 SSC) took down the No. 14 Delta State University Statesmen (40-16, 23-10 GSC) on Saturday night, winning by a score of 9-4. The win puts the Sharks in the NCAA South Region championship game on Monday at noon and one win away from the program's first ever trip the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C. Alexander Kline earned the win and Raftery the save.

The Sharks took an early lead in the top of the second inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead. After Daniel Zardon drew a leadoff walk, Michael Hernandez tripled off of the right centerfield wall, scoring Zardon. Kavan Thompson then came to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw to centerfield, deep enough to score Hernandez from third.

NSU tacked on two more runs in the top of the third when Brandon Gomez connected with a 3-2 pitch and sent it to the third level of the netting behind the left centerfield wall. The Sharks went on to extend their lead to 6-0 when Jake Anchia smashed a two-run home run over the left field wall.

While the offense was making the most of their opportunities, Kline kept the Statesmen scoreless through five innings before surrendering a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Kline struck out seven in the ballgame, a new career high. He was pulled in favor of Ronald Patella with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Patella allowed a single and hit a batter before he got a fly out to centerfield, ending the Delta threat.

Patella went back out in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a leadoff single. Pitching coach Justin Ramsey decided to go with Devin Raftery, who allowed a single and then struck out the side. Raftery gave the Sharks the momentum they needed heading into the top of the eighth and the Sharks responded in a big way, scoring three runs to take a 9-3 lead. Dylan Woods grounded into a fielders choice with Anchia on third, allowing the freshman catcher to score. Jancarlos Cintron-Torres later singled through the right side, scoring Sebastian Diaz and Woods.

Delta State scored one in the ninth, but that was all as Raftery recorded strikeouts in four of the last six outs. The Sharks will play either Delta State, West Florida or West Georgia on Monday at noon. A win sends the Sharks to Cary, N.C. for the first time in program history.

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