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BCC Falls 6-2 at Palm Beach State, Loses Chance to Host Conference Baseball Tournament

April 16, 2013 - Brevard Community College's baseball team let a chance at hosting the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference tournament slip away on Tuesday, dropping a 6-2 decision to Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

As a result, Palm Beach captures second place in the conference with a 13-10 record and will host the tournament Friday and Saturday on its campus at 4200 S. Congress Ave.

BCC, which dropped to 10-13, will finish third regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's 5 p.m. final regular-season game against Palm Beach at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus. Admission is free.

BCC plays Broward College (9-13) in the tournament's first round at 4 p.m. Friday with the winner advancing to play Palm Beach State in the first of a best-two-out-of-three series at 7 p.m.

The second game and third game - if necessary - will be played on Saturday. The conference tournament winner joins Miami Dade, which easily won the regular-season championship, in the state tournament in Lakeland in May.

BCC was outhit 11-7 on Tuesday and was guilty of three errors. Starting pitcher Aaron Miller took the loss. Offensively Chad Searcy and Chris Dennis both went 2-for-4.

"The guys played extremely hard," BCC head coach Jeff Tam said. "We failed to execute on same key pitches early and we made some errors right behind them.

"Offensively we failed to execute. That would have kept us in the game."

BCC dropped to 22-21-1 overall while Palm Beach improved to 32-17. Palm Beach has beaten BCC four times in five games this season.