MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.— In the first game of a three-game set against Florida Memorial, the Fire baseball team improved to 45-3 (19-0 TSC) with a 9-4 victory over the Lions in Miami Gardens.
The game began with tremendous defensive effort by both squads. After just three innings, each team had turned a double play and neither had more than a single hit in any inning.
Jonathan Bermudez and Christian Rivera of Florida Memorial kept the contest scoreless through four with phenomenal performances on the mound. Bermudez gave up singles in the first and second, but shut down FMU’s bats with 5.1 consecutive hitless innings of work. The junior finished the competition with nine strikeouts and held opposing hitters to 4-26 (.154) from the plate, highlighted by an eight pitch fourth frame.
After going 1-12 (.083) in their initial 12 at bats of the game, the Fire finally got to the Lions’ pitching staff, finishing the competition by hitting 9-23 (.391).
Thanks to singles by Torrence Sumerlin and Manuel Mesa in the top of the fifth, Southeastern strung together back-to-back base hits for the first time in the game.
Dominic Anagnos then took a pitch off the ankle to load the bases for Marvin Malone. Malone guided a ball to left field deep enough to advance Sumerlin and provide SEU with a 1-0 lead.
Southeastern quickly added to their advantage in the seventh, as the first six Fire batters reached safely in the half inning. Anagnos, Malone and Dan Valerio filled the bases for Ivan Nunez, who promptly cleared them with a double to the left field fence to make it 4-0.
Following a base hit by Kainalu Pitoy, Keiner Colmenarez brought Nunez home, but a throwing error on the play enabled both Pitoy and Colmenarez to cross, giving the Fire a 7-0 advantage in the seventh.
The top of the seventh started a span of five half innings where the teams traded runs.
FMU responded with two runs on two hits in the bottom of the frame, cutting the deficit down to five before Nunez was able to score on the second throwing error in as many innings for the Lions to give Southeastern a six-run advantage once more in the top of the eighth.
Two Fire errors of their own allowed FMU to inch closer with another a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but Heibert Romero came on and recorded six straight outs to close the game.
Finally, in the top half of the ninth, Sumerlin doubled down the left field line to score Vince Volpatti, capping off Southeastern’s 45th triumph of the season 9-4.
Bermudez moved to 12-0 in his 12 appearances on the year, while only surrendering a single earned run in seven innings of work.
The Fire look to remain perfect in conference play with a doubleheader versus the Lions tomorrow. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 12 p.m.