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Eastern Florida Earns 3-2, 11-Inning Victory Over LeFleche
March 18, 2014 - Nick Capra drove a one-out fastball into centerfield scoring pinch runner Miguel Castellanos from third base to give Eastern Florida a 3-2 11-inning victory over College LeFleche of Quebec, Canada on Tuesday night.
Castellanos was running for designated hitter Alessandro Lima who opened the bottom of the 11th with a single. Castellanos was bunted to second by Francisco Cruz and advanced to third on a balk.
Capra then ended the drama with his base hit through a drawn-in infield.
The victory improved Eastern Florida to 16-8. LeFleche dropped to 6-12 but gave a much better effort than in losing 21-3 and 22-1 to host Broward College on Sunday and Monday.
"They (LeFleche) made some pitches, we were a little too antsy," said Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam. "We were jumping at balls. We were swinging at pitches that we probably shouldn't have been, pitchers pitches.
"At the end of the day 3-2 is a win and so is the slaughter rule. We'll take what we can get. They played well. They made good plays. They were there the whole time. We were fortunate to come out on top."
Chayce Hubbard, normally Eastern Florida's ninth-inning closer pitched three innings to get the victory. Starter Nick Sucarichi went seven innings allowing two hits and retiring the last 12 batters he faced.
"Sucarichi is doing a tremendous job," Tam said. "He's staying under control, he's making pitches. He's fearless. He just goes out there and keeps repeating. We are going to have to take notice of that.
Reliever Josh Smith was touched for two LeFleche runs in the top of the eighth that evened the score at 2-2.
Capra finished the night with two singles as did Lima. Austin Leeney went 3-for-3 as Eastern Florida rapped out nine hits. LeFleche finished with four hits.
The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus. Admission is free.