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NCAA Div II Baseball Championship: South Regional
Florida Southern 8, Stillman 7

May 18, 2007

(Tampa) - Tristan Rainone's one-out, bases-loaded single to right field past a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Florida Southern an 8-7 win over Stillman Friday at the NCAA Division II South Regional at Tampa. The win keeps the fifth-seeded Moccasins (41-15) alive and eliminates sixth-seeded Stillman (26-19).

Derek Lokey led off the Florida Southern ninth with a double to left and Fred Popp walked. After Brian Schultz moved both runners over with a sacrifice, Will Cherry walked to load the bases. Stillman brought the infield in and Rainone placed Matt Beasley's 1-1 pitch perfectly between first and second to score Lokey with the winning run.

Stillman had tied the game in the eighth on Jack Hazelrig's one-out triple to right center that scored Sean Blair, who had reached on a fielder's choice. The Tigers had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth with runners at first and second with two outs, but Jeremy Thorne retired Josh Massey on a grounder to third to end the inning.

Lokey and Trae Gore, two reserve players who normally would not have been in the game for Florida Southern, wound up playing key roles in the Moccasins' victory. Lokey replaced starting catcher David Golliner in the third, when Golliner had a problem with a contact lens. Gore was a last-minute addition to the lineup in center field due a shoulder injury to Kyle Patrick. In addition to scoring the game-winning run in the ninth, Lokey also drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the fourth. Gore, making only his third start of the season, scored twice and had two hits, including an RBI-double that gave the Moccasins a 7-6 lead in the fifth.

Thorne, who came on in the eighth after Hazelrig's RBI-triple, picked up the win to even his record at 5-5. Ryan Koch also gave the Moccasins a boost out of the bullpen with 4.2 scoreless innings after starter Randy Cseh wasn't able to get out of the third. Koch gave up just two hits, struck out four and walked none.

Florida Southern advances to a 3 p.m. game Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

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