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Nova Southeastern baseball program aims for a repeat

The Nova Southeastern baseball team, reigning national champions in NCAA Division II, will find out its playoff fate on Sunday night.

NSU (31-15) is expected to get a No. 3 seed in its region. The Sharks, who were a No. 3 seed when they went on their first-ever title run last year, are ranked 21st nationally by Collegiate Baseball News.

The Sharks are a heavy-hitting team. However, former Miami Hurricane Derik Beauprez is the reigning Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week and is 5-0 this season with a 3.46 ERA.

Outfielder Jeremy Vasquez leads the team with 15 homers. Second baseman Jancarlos Cintron leads in batting average (.372) and on-base percentage (.474).

Catcher Jake Anchia has 13 homers and leads in slugging percentage (.680). And center fielder Kevin Suarez, who is hitting .349, leads in steals (22 of 24).

As a team, NSU is batting .314 and has hit 81 homers while allowing only 42.

▪ Miami Dade College’s baseball team (32-15, 20-8) won the Southern Conference and will play for a state title starting Saturday in Lakeland.

MOTLEY CUT

Former UM guard Adrienne Motley, a third-round pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, was cut on Wednesday by the Indiana Fever. There are just two established former Canes in the league: Shenise Johnson of Indiana and Riquna Williams of Los Angeles. Former UM guard Jessica Thomas, who went undrafted this year, is still on the San Antonio Stars roster with one week left before the season opener.

WOMEN’S GOLF

▪ Miami, ranked 16th nationally, qualified for an NCAA Regional for the fifth year in a row. UM is one of 18 teams headed to New Mexico for a three-day regional that starts Monday.

▪ FIU senior Camila Serrano was named Conference USA’s Golfer of the Year. FIU junior Katerina Krasnova was named the league’s most improved golfer. Serrano earned an individual spot in the NCAA Regional round, which starts Monday in Columbus, Ohio.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

▪ UM junior Sinead Lohan was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the second year in row. Teammate Estela Perez-Somarriba was also one of the nine players who made the team and was one of three freshmen on the list.

As a team, No. 32 Miami (12-11, 8-6) made the NCAA tournament for the 22nd consecutive year and will face South Florida on May 13 in Gainesville.

▪ FIU (21-2) lost in the Conference USA final for the second year in a row and didn’t make the NCAA tournament. The good news was that sophomore Andrea Lazaro was named the C-USA Player of the Year and was invited to compete in the NCAA tournament from May 24-29 in Georgia as an individual.

▪ Broward College advanced to the national junior college finals, which begin Sunday in Tucson, Arizona. Broward’s Marlena Hall was named the state’s Coach of the Year.’

▪ NSU’s Luicelena Perez is the third-ranked player in NCAA Division II.

▪ Barry University, ranked second in Division II, will face Drury on Wednesday in a Sweet 16 matchup.

MEN’S TENNIS

▪ UM’s Piotr Lomacki, ranked 64th nationally, made second-team All-ACC.

The sophomore had three wins vs. top-70 players, including one against a No. 19 player.

▪ FIU’s softball team has reached 40 wins for the second time in program history.

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