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Eastern Florida Rallies for 13-8 Victory Over Webber Junior Varsity

March 26, 2014 - Trailing 5-0 in the second inning and 8-3 after three innings Eastern Florida's baseball team didn't wilt instead charging back for a 13-8 victory over Webber International's junior varsity on Wednesday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

Eastern Florida secured its 20th victory of the season against nine losses with an eight-run seventh inning, scoring six of the runs with two outs.

The Titans sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh with Francisco Cruz doubling and scoring twice and Christian Diaz plating two runs with his third hit of the game to put the Titans ahead 9-8.

"We just kept scrapping away, we did what we had to do," Diaz said. "I just tried to hit a tough pitch, it was a really good pitch and I was fortunate enough to put it in the hole."

Cruz finished with two hits and two runs batted in; Jack Machonis had two hits and three runs batted in and J.J. Gould had two hits as the Titans collected 15 hits off four Webber pitchers.

Speaking of pitchers relievers Josh Smith, Jesse Schullstrom and Chayce Hubbard combined for six scoreless and hitless innings for the Titans. Smith and his defense kept Webber at bay for the fourth, fifth and sixth innings after the visitors raked starter Roberto Lopez and reliever Hector Perez for six hits and eight runs.

"I just tried to come in and throw strikes," Smith said. "I knew if I did my defense would back me up. It worked out.

"Most of us in the bullpen know our offense is going to back us up if we do our job. We've just got to go in there and throw strikes and they'll get outs and score runs for us."

Schullstrom struck out four of the six batters he faced over the seventh and eighth innings to collect the win. Hubbard closed with a perfect ninth inning.

"That's what we expect from those three every time out," Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam said of Smith, Schullstrom and Hubbard.

"If we are going to make a run at this thing in the (Southern) conference and try to get our foot in the door at the state tournament those guys are going to do that. They are going to have to pitch and they are going to have to pitch often and well."

As for his team's offense: "Offensively this kids are special," Tam said. "These kids can hit. They haven't proven me wrong so far. We just leave them alone and we let them keep doing their job. They go out and handle their business."

Eastern Florida resumes conference play on Friday and Saturday as it visits Broward College in Davie. Eastern Florida is 6-4 in conference and in first place. Broward is 3-5.