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Nationally 15th-Ranked Baseball Suffers 4-3 Defeat at Lake-Sumter

Feb. 28, 2014 - Ranked nationally for the first time in recent memory Eastern Florida's baseball team on Friday dropped a 4-3 game to host Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg.

The Titans are ranked 15th in the NJCAA Division I national poll and seventh in the Florida College System Activities Association Coaches' Poll but saw their record fall to 10-5 with their second straight loss.

Lake-Sumter improved to 10-4 in limiting the Titans to six hits. Lake-Sumter collected nine hits and committed an error.

Alessandro Lima went 2-for-3 for Eastern Florid with a double and a run batted in. Alex Perez took the loss on the mound.

"Our offense has put us in the national rankings, they have done a great job," said Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam.

"The guys are working hard and taking good at bats and executing. If we expect to stay there (nationally ranked) we need to get the pitching and defense to do the same. They are show signs of improvement but need to make better pitches in tough situations more consistently.

"Teams that are ranked in the top of the polls win close games and we are struggling with that at times."

Eastern Florida opens FCSAA Southern Conference play on Tuesday, hosting Indian River State College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus. Admission is free.