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Eastern Florida Opens Baseball Season With Doubleheader Split

Feb. 2, 2014 - Eastern Florida State College opened its baseball season on Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with Florida State College Jacksonville at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

Eastern Florida scored seven runs in the third inning and went on to win the first game 7-3. Jacksonville stifled the Eastern Florida bats for the bulk of the second game in winning 6-3.

Sophomore right-hander Kenton Hering was the winning pitcher in the first game benefitting from the big inning in which the Titans sent 11 batters to the plate to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Sophomore second baseman Jack Machonis keyed the outburst with two doubles as Eastern Florida finished with eight hits.

Classmate and shortstop J.J. Gould contributed a double and a single and two runs batted in along with Machonis and freshman first baseman Alessandro Lima.

Hering scattered six hits over five innings and was relieved by freshman right-hander Josh Smith who allowed one hit in two innings of work.

The teams played two seven-inning games in the non-conference doubleheader.

FSCJ jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead off Eastern Florida starter and right-hander Jon Piriz who took the loss in the second game.

The Blue Wave added three more runs in the fifth inning for a 5-1 lead as Eastern Florida managed only two hits over the first five innings.

Gould collected two singles as Eastern Florida finished with six hits.

"We swung the bat well in the first game and we pitched OK," said Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam. "I don't think Kenton had his best stuff but he had enough to win.

"We were lucky we put up a big number in that one inning. The second game we got off to a slow start hitting. We've got to make better pitches in better situations as a pitching staff," Tam added.

"They know that. The lack of execution cost us this game today. Two two-out walks in one inning and they both scored and a wild pitch. That's giving them runs. It comes down to you execute and you pitch, if you don't the innings are going to be slim. That's just the bottom line, that's how the game is played."

Eastern Florida returns to action at 6 p.m. Monday hosting Seminole State College. Freshman right-hander Dulvis Borjas will get the start for the Titans.