Florida Memorial Sports Information
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Knowing that it has a full few days ahead, Florida Memorial University’s baseball team got things going in the right direction Tuesday when it made easy work of visiting Florida National University in a 16-6 rout at Harry T. Moore Field.
The Lions, who earned a season sweep of the Conquistadors with Tuesday’s victory, activated the 10-run rule on FNU in the bottom of the eighth inning – ending the game early.
FMU led 10-6 going into the bottom of the eighth – after the Conquistadors scored what would be their final run of the day on a wild pitch – then began extending its lead.
Freshman Malik Shinozaki started the rally, getting on base with a single up the middle, then stealing during the next at bat. Catcher Josue Sanchez drew a walk – and was pinch run for by Darrin Brown Jr. – Manuel Mollinedo brought Shinozaki home with a sacrifice fly; then the Lions loaded the bases and the FNU pitcher walked in a run.
Jacquel Perry hit a dinger to shallow right that brought home two – Rohandry Javier and Gabriel Marinez – to make it 14-6; Julio Creazzola then capped the game with a 2-RBI triple, which brought home Perry and Axel Gomez and produced the final 16-6 margin.
Florida Memorial (7-12), which will travel to Lantana, Florida this coming Thursday (March 12) to face Caldwell University then return home for a three-game weekend series against Bryant & Stratton College – showed once again that it is a potent offensive team, especially early in ball games. Tuesday marked the 14th game in which the Lions produced at least one run through the first three innings and the 9th time that it scored specifically in the first inning. FMU produced seven innings in the first two innings against the Conquistadors, taking a 7-2 lead on the Hialeah-based independent NAIA school.
The Lions racked up 16 hits against the FNU pitchers and the Conquistadors defense had multiple breakdowns, in the form of six errors.
Mollinedo had one of his best days of the season, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases. Jose Santana was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and a RBI; Luis Angel Rivera, Creazzola, and Argenis Hernandez all had two RBI; while Perry and Shinozaki both went 1-for-1 as late subs into the lineup.
Freshman pitcher Nicola Marzialli made his season debut for the Lions Tuesday and earned the win – pitching four full innings and striking out five.