Nova Southeastern runs away from Anderson (S.C.) to win first road game
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Ninth-ranked Nova Southeastern (11-1) won its first road game of the season, topping the Anderson (S.C.) Trojans (3-9) 9-2 at Memorial Stadium.
Roberto Baroniel picked up his fourth win of the year, with another shutout performance in seven innings of work. Baroniel allowed just five hits, while striking out five, en route to the win.
Yandy Viera stepped up offensively, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and scored two runs. Viera had two of the team's three doubles on the afternoon.
The game proved to be a tight battle through the first six innings, with the Sharks leading 1-0 heading into the seventh. The run came in the fourth on a Viera single past the second basemen to score Angel Navarro from second.
The seventh is when NSU broke out with six runs to put the game out of reach.
Andrew Liberty and Geoff Jimenez led off the sixth with bunt singles. Jimenez's bunt was thrown away by the third baseman, advancing Liberty to third. With runners on the corners, Alvin Swoope laid down a sacrifice bunt, to open up the Sharks lead to two.
After a Mario Urdaneta groundout moved Jimenez to third and a Brooks Fleming walk, Alex Fernandez hit a big two-out RBI single past the diving third baseman, making the score 3-0.
Navarro kept the inning going with a RBI single of his own that scored Fleming from second.
After a Trojans pitching change brought in Hunter Crompton, Viera welcomed the new pitcher with a two RBI double that one-hopped off the fence in centerfield.
Casey Gibson brought in Viera for the final run of the inning on a double to left.
The Sharks tallied two more in the ninth, both coming on a Swoope single, one of which came from a throwing error.
The Trojans picked up their two runs in the final three outs of the game, to cut the final score to seven.
Drew Packard pitched two innings of relief, allowing just one earned.