Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Rallies to Edge No. 1-ranked Polk State, 8-6

February 12, 2013 - Refusing to concede after relinquishing an early four-run lead and after trailing in both the eighth and ninth innings the Brevard Community College baseball team defeated host Polk State College 8-6 on Tuesday.

BCC hitters pounded out 13 hits one night after being limited to six hits and being shut out at home by Lake-Sumter Community College.

And no hit on Tuesday was bigger than the two-run double in the top of the ninth inning by sophomore and Melbourne High graduate Matt Harris that provided the winning margin.

"Top of the ninth, two outs, 3-2 count Matt fought off four fastballs before hitting a double to left field," BCC head coach Jeff Tam said. "It was an unbelievable at bat to stay locked in and get a pitch he could handle."

Harris' hit drove in freshmen Chad Searcy and Melbourne High graduate Austin Leeney as BCC improved to 5-4-1. Polk, which is ranked No. 1 statewide in the Florida College System Activities Association, dropped to 9-2.

Freshman right-hander Chris Gilmore pitched the eighth and ninth innings to pick up the victory for BCC.

Searcy finished the night 3-for-4; Harris was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in; sophomore designated hitter David King 2-for-4 and sophomore Roman Restrepo 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.

"It was a big win for the boys after coming from behind," Tam said. "They did a tremendous job. It also was a great turnaround after being shutout on Monday."

BCC led 4-0 in the fourth. It was down by two runs in the eighth inning but scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth for the victory.

Polk batters collected nine hits. BCC committed two errors.

Next up for BCC is a rematch with Polk at 4 p.m. Friday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus. Admission to BCC home games is free.