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Sucarichi Sharp as Eastern Florida Cruises to 20-0 Baseball Victory
March 24, 2014 - Eastern Florida freshman lefthander Nick Sucarichi turned in his second straight strong pitching outing and his teammates rapped out 16 hits en route to a 20-0 victory over Morton College of Cicero, IL on Monday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.
Sucarichi allowed one hit in six innings, striking out 10 batters and issuing three walks. The effort followed a seven-inning, two-hit, four-strikeout, no-walk outing against College LeFleche on March 18 in which Sucarichi didn't get the decision.
"It felt great," Sucarichi said of Monday's outing. "Release point was good, everything was on. I was at my best.
"It took me a little bit to get used to (college baseball) but after a while it's just like anything else, it's just like riding a bike."
Relievers Miguel Castellanos – making his first appearance over two innings - and Matt Yates backed up Sucarichi's effort on Monday keeping Morton off the bases in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve the one-hitter.
The victory improved Eastern Florida's record to 19-8. Morton, which plays at the NJCAA Division II level, one rung below Eastern Florida, fell to 0-4.
Freshman Nick Capra led the Eastern Florida offense with four hits. Classmates Luis Ciuro and Francisco Cruz collected three apiece, Cruz hitting a single, double and triple. Sophomore J.J. Gould walked four times and scored four runs.
Eastern Florida led 11-0 after three innings.
Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam complimented Sucarichi, a team walk-on, on his performance.
"He threw the ball great," Tam said. "He's been throwing the ball great. Every time out he just seems to be getting a little bit better, a little more confident. He's slowing himself down. He made some quality pitches.
"Having Castellanos come in, it's kind of an experiment but we're thin in the (bull)pen right now. If he can help us out in a tough situation it's going to be great for us."
As for the evening as a whole in which Eastern Florida was never pressured or threatened, Tam took a matter of fact approach.
"It's about getting at bats, it's about having guys throw that maybe aren't getting quality innings or are struggling right now," he said. "I'm trying to get them right so they can help us out in the tough games.
"Offensively they're seeing pitching, they're running the bases. It's just not days off. Days off before you go into conference is probably not the best thing."
Eastern Florida travels to Babson Park on Tuesday to play Webber International's junior varsity and then resumes Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference play with a Friday-Saturday series at Broward College in Davie.
Eastern Florida is 6-4 and in first place in the conference. Broward is 3-5.