May 14, 2004
Indians shutout vs. Florida Southern in Day 2 at NCAA II South RegionalWINTER PARK, Fla. – Florida Southern second baseman Matt Mercurio went 2-for-5 with a home run and five runs batted in and pitcher Ryan Thompson fanned 11 as Florida Southern advanced to Championship Round of the NCAA II South Regional with a 9-0 win over Catawba at Alfond Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Indians (42-16) will face Rollins in an elimination game on Friday night, while the Moccasins (35-20-1) awaits the winner of that contest to be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Mocs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI-double by first baseman Fred Popp and a run-scoring single by catcher Jeff Howell. FSC added took a 5-0 lead after a three-run fourth inning highlighted by a two-run blast over the center field fence by designated hitter Paul Ryan. Mercurio gave Southern a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly that plated center fielder Gilbert Martinez. Mercurio put his final touch on the game in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run home run to left field, giving the Mocs the 9-0 win. Florida Southern's Thompson (6-6) went eight innings, giving up seven hits, one walk to go along with the 11 strikeouts. Jason Mack gave up a hit, a walk and struck out one batter in one inning of relief. Catawba hurler Matt Fairweather (9-3) threw seven innings, giving up 10 hits, six runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Jeff Abdelnour gave up three hits and three runs in an inning of relief. Mercurio, Geoff Strickland, Matt Joyce, and Popp had two hits a piece for the Mocs. Mark Smith, Matt Smith, Spence Southard and Jimbo Davis each registered two hits for the Indians.
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