Nova Southeastern University

Pair of Midweek Matchups Await Sharks
NSU travels to PBA on Tuesday, hosts Florida Memorial at home Wednesday
Posted: 2/14/2017 10:38:00 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Having already played eight games through the first 10 days of the regular season, Nova Southeastern will add two more under its belt during the week when its squares off in a pair of non-conference contests against Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Memorial. The Sharks will travel up the road to West Palm Beach, Florida to meet the Sailfish Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET before welcoming the Lions to the NSU Baseball Complex at the same time on Wednesday.
In a tough road series versus a strong North Georgia club this past weekend, Nova Southeastern dropped its first two ball games of the year – both by one-run margins. However, the Sharks rebounded in the finale with a 9-7 victory to regain some momentum heading into week three of the season. Continuing their league-leading power surge, the Sharks blasted four more home runs in the win and have now already totaled 17 through just eight games – six more than any other team in the Sunshine State Conference.
Leftfielder Brandon Gomez tagged his SSC-best fifth homer of the year with a no-doubter in the seventh inning, while Jake Anchia connected on his third long ball of the season to provide the Sharks with a little extra breathing room in the ninth. Through his first 100 career at-bats, Anchia has already tallied 11 home runs as a Shark. To put that into perspective, 2016 Major League home run leader Mark Trumbo hit 7.66 home runs per 100 at-bats a year ago.
Palm Beach Atlantic has opened with a quality 5-2 record after picking up the series victory against Embry-Riddle on Saturday. The Sailfish averaged a shade over 11 runs per game in the three-game set, and are now currently hitting a collective .328 as a club.
Nova Southeastern has had plenty of recent success against the Sailfish, though. In 2016, the Sharks claimed three of four contests versus Palm Beach Atlantic including a three-game sweep at Rubin Park in which Gomez batted .466 with six runs batted in.
Florida Memorial, meanwhile, earned a rare tie its last time out in the series wrap-up versus Warner. The Lions sit at 3-5-1 on the year, one of those losses coming by an 11-0 margin at St. Thomas (Fla.) – a team the Sharks beat 4-2 on February 7.
Both NSU and Florida Memorial last met in 2012 in what resulted in a 7-1 win for the Sharks.
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