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Brandon Gomez tops J.D. Martinez’s home run record at Nova Southeastern

Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez had held Nova Southeastern University’s long-ball record.
Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez had held Nova Southeastern University’s long-ball record. AP

J.D. Martinez’s home run record has been broken.

Martinez, an outfielder who hit 38 homers and drove in 102 runs for the Detroit Tigers in 2015, had held Nova Southeastern University’s long-ball record.

But senior outfielder Brandon Gomez broke Martinez’s record by hitting two homers on Thursday. That gave Gomez 34 homers in just two years. Martinez had 32 homers during his three-year NSU career.

NSU (34-16) is in Cleveland, Mississippi, playing an NCAA Division II regional, hoping to defend its national championship.

Gomez
Brandon Gomez

The Sharks entered the tournament ranking second in the nation with 86 homers. Then, in Thursday’s 20-5 win over West Alabama, the Sharks slugged six homers.

Gomez is one of four NSU players who made the Sunshine State Conference first team. The others were center fielder Kevin Suarez, who led the league with 23 steals, second baseman Jancarlos Cintron and first baseman Jeremy Vasquez.

NCAA DIVISION I

▪ Playing Friday in an NCAA softball regional opener at Gainesville, FIU’s Shannon Saile had a no-hitter and a shutout through five innings vs. Oklahoma State. FIU ultimately lost 2-0 and is one loss away from having its season end.

Saile was recently named Conference USA’s Freshman of the Year, leading the league in ERA (1.38), batting average allowed (.145) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.3).

FIU (45-14) has already set a school record for wins. FIU first baseman Stephanie Texeira is one of only two Division I players with at least 50 RBI, 50 runs and 50 walks. And FIU center fielder Jackie Schoff set the school record with 52 runs.

In Friday’s game, FIU catcher Julia Gilbert threw out two runners, shortstop Jessica Rivera made a diving catch … but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

▪ Miami’s women’s tennis team (13-12) made the NCAA Tournament for the 22nd consecutive year. But the Hurricanes’ second-round loss to top-ranked Florida broke Miami’s streak of 11 straight consecutive Sweet 16 NCAA appearances.

▪ UM women’s soccer coach Mary-Frances Monroe received a four-year contract extension, through 2020, after a 10-8-1 season. One of her top players, midfielder Kristina Fisher, is competing with USA’s U-19 team through Saturday. She was on the ACC’s All Freshman team this past season.

▪ In 28 years as UM diving coach, Randy Ableman has helped produce 13 national champions, including freshman David Dinsmore this year and Olympic silver medalist Sam Dorman prior to that.

The other 11 diving champs are Brian Gillooly; Jose Gil; Jenny Kiem; Chris Mantilla; Reuben Ross; Brittany Viola; Kyle Prandi; Imre Lenzyl; Dean Panaro; Rio Ramirez and Tyce Routson. Those 13 divers combined to win 22 NCAA titles.

▪ The very, very early forecast for the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft includes three college players who hail from South Florida: Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek); Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (Boynton Beach); and Florida State cornerback Tavarez McFadden (American Heritage).

NCAA DIVISION II

▪ Barry’s men’s tennis team, which finished second in the nation, will miss seniors Nico Dreer of Germany and Ahmed Triki of Tunisia.

Dreer, named the nation’s Most Improved Player, set the school record with 84 doubles wins. His .903 singles winning percentage ranks second in school history.

Triki, named the nation’s top senior, ranks fourth in school history with 65 singles wins.

▪ The Sunshine State Conference’s Mayors Cup, which is its year-end all-sports trophy, had NSU finishing second in the women’s standings and Barry tied for second among the men.

NAIA

▪ St. Thomas’ baseball team (35-19) went 0-2 and was eliminated in the opening round of national playoffs at Montgomery, Alabama.

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