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Eastern Florida Drops 10-4 Conference Game to Palm Beach State

April 1, 2014 - Eastern Florida's baseball team dropped to 7-6 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference on Tuesday as it fell 10-4 to Palm Beach State College at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

Eastern Florida fell to 21-11 overall while Palm Beach improved to 6-6 and 21-15. The teams meet again at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Worth.

The defeat marked the second consecutive conference game in which Eastern Florida surrendered 10 runs. The Titans allowed 12 hits, gave up seven walks and hit a batter.

The Titans collected seven hits but only two through the first seven innings as they trailed 6-0. Palm Beach scored four times in the eighth for a 10-0 lead but the Titans escaped a slaughter-rule ending by plating a single run in the bottom of the eighth.

Francisco Cruz's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Titans their final runs. Cruz finished with two hits as did Angel Soto.

Left-hander Nick Sucarichi took the loss for the Titans allowing six runs on four hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings.

"If you don't pitch you are going to do that every time," Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Tam said of giving up 10 runs. "We walked seven and we gave up four hits at that one point. That's going to be the result if you put guys on base without making them earn it. When it comes crunch time you've got to make a pitch.

"We're definitely going to have to revamp the pitching staff because they're not getting it done."

As for the offensive struggles that have seen the Titans manage only 11 hits total in their last two losses: "They know they are going to have to hit tough pitches, tough pitchers making tough pitches.

"It that situation you've got to hit mistakes and we didn't hit very many mistakes today. We let that guy dictate the at bats and that's not going to work."

The loss dropped the Titans 2 ½ games behind conference-leading Miami Dade, which visits for two games, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.