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Conference Season Awaits BCC Baseball Team

February 25, 2013 - The grind that is the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule begins Tuesday for Brevard Community College's baseball team.

The schedule consists of 24 games — six each against four conference opponents — that will determine whether BCC is one of the two conference teams advancing to the FCSAA/NJCAA Division I Region 8 tournament. The quest begins with a 6 p.m. Tuesday game against Indian River State College at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

Admission to BCC home games is free.

BCC comes into the game at 8-8-1 overall while Indian River is 9-8. Other conference teams are nationally third-ranked Palm Beach State (15-6), Miami Dade College (15-3) and Broward College (13-7).

In other words there are no easy teams or easy games in the conference and to that end BCC head coach Jeff Tam is looking for a better all-around effort than he has seen in a so-far up and down season.

BCC has lost six games at home and has been shut out five times. Conversely it has won games by scoring 19 runs, 10 runs, 9 runs three times, 8 runs and seven runs. The team scored eight runs in a tie with Lake-Sumter Community College.

"Obviously we need to pitch better," said Tam who spent six years as a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. "And obviously we need to have games where our pitching and hitting come together at the same time.

"Given the ultra-competitive nature of our conference anything less won't cut it. Our sophomores need to buckle down and produce and our freshmen need to continue to mature and produce.

"We've played 17 games. The time to step up is upon us."

Offensively for BCC sophomore and Rockledge High graduate Chris Dennis has been a stalwart. The shortstop is among leaders nationally in several categories: third in hits with 29; tied for 12th with 7 doubles; tied for 10th with three triples and tied for 10th with 18 runs batted in.

"Chris has been on fire," Tam said. "Hopefully it will be contagious."

Dennis is hitting .414 while freshman Chad Searcy is at .412; freshman Jorge Gonzales stands at .370 and sophomore T.J. Glessner at .333.

Pitching wise Tam is looking to Viera High graduate and freshman walk-on Kenton Hering a right-hander who has a 1.4 earned run average in 19.1 innings to continue to develop along with freshman right-hander Chayce Hubbard.

BCC also has five non-conference games remaining on its schedule for a total of 29. The regular season concludes on April 17.