On March 8, the Sharks won their third consecutive game 12-6 against Lander. Senior Dylan Harris went 4-for-4 with four runs scored while senior Christian Kuzemka had three RBIs. Freshman Nathan Chevalier and sophomore Andrew Labosky had a combined four hits and five runs scored. The Sharks have averaged 11 runs per game in their three-win streak.
The following day, senior Nick Gallo delivered the game-winning single in the 12th inning after the Sharks let a 2-1 lead slip in the ninth. In their fourth consecutive win, Chevalier and Gallo finished with two hits each, and senior Michael Gizzi contributed three of the team’s 18 strikeouts.
The Sharks’ winning streak against Lander ended on March 10 when they lost 7-5. Chevalier had his first four-hit game, finishing the weekend 8-of-13 at the plate, and the three starting pitchers had a combined 31 strikeouts in the series.
On March 13, NSU won 10-2 against Southern New Hampshire with 15 hits combined and a season-high seven stolen bases. In his first career start, junior Gabriel Rodriguez struck out four in two innings before he was relieved by freshman Jarret Krzyzanowski who surrendered two hits over five innings. Juniors Ian Acevedo and Christian Demby, as well as Harris, finished with at least three hits each. Six different players swiped at least one base.
The Sharks won 10th overall out of 18 teams at the Southeastern Collegiate on March 13. Junior Finlay Mason tied for ninth at even-par and earned his second consecutive top-10 finish. Freshman Tomas Millet tied for 27th at six-over par, while junior Juan Jose Guerra tied for 39th. Martin Larrea and Victor Jimenez tied for 63rd and 65th, respectively.
Men’s & Women’s Swimming
The Sharks had four Top 10 finishes on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships on March 14. Senior Franco Lupoli earned silver in the 1,000-metre freestyle — the highest medal of the day — while the women’s 200-metre medley, consisting of senior Courtney DeVeny, senior Malin Westman, freshman Jenna Johns and senior Sydney Panzarino, won bronze.
On the second day of the championships, DeVeny earned her second national championship title in the 400-metre individual medley with a time of 4:15.39. Freshman Emma Sundstedt earned bronze in the 200-metre freestyle. In the 400-metre medley relay, DeVeny, Westman, Panzarino and junior Caroline Oster, took third as well.
Despite a strong start on March 8, the Sharks lost against the No.5 West Florida Argonauts 7-2. Junior Ana Navas and sophomore Isabella Lowrey tied the match 1-1 with an 8-4 win at No. 2. Sophomore Daniela Obando and junior Andrea Ivanovic gave NSU their only lead of the day winning 8-6.
The following day the Sharks fell short 5-4 against the West Alabama Tigers. The Tigers ended Ivanovic and Obando’s seven-match unbeaten streak, though Navas and Lowrey prevented the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
On March 14 ,Obando had the only win for the team as the Sharks fell 6-1 to the Richmond Spiders.
Men’s & Women’s Track and Field
At the third annual Shark Invitational on March 14, senior Sydney Molina finished first in the discus for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, junior Kamaria Johnson won in shot put for her third consecutive year as well. Graduate student Daniel Polinski swept the throwing events on the men’s side, setting a new school and Shark Invitational record in shot put, tossing only .07 meters shy of the Peach Belt Conference record. Senior Jazmine Elleston placed first in the long jump with 11.80 meters, while graduate student Amira Bendrif set a personal best in the triple jump with 11.81 meters.
Junior Brianna Law set a personal best and meet record in the pole vault, winning first, while senior Krystine Sora placed second. Junior Kyle Forsythe placed second for the men’s team.
Senior Maddy Kenyon finished first the in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Nisha Bryant placed second in the 100-meter and sophomore Tiffany Brand placed second in the 800-meter run.