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Titans Break Baseball Losing Streak; Key Conference Games Loom

April 9, 2014 - Eastern Florida's baseball team broke a five-game losing streak on Wednesday with an 8-5 non-conference victory over Southeastern University's junior varsity at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

The victory improved Eastern Florida's record to 22-14.

First baseman Jack Machonis keyed the victory offensively going 5-for-5 at the plate. Designated hitter Alessandro Lima went 2-for-5 with a double and right fielder Francisco Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in. The Titans rapped out 12 hits to 11 for Southeastern. Each team committed two errors.

Right-hander John Piriz got the win while righty Chayce Hubbard picked up the save.

The victory sets the stage for Eastern Florida's return to Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference play for its final eight games of the regular season that will determine its postseason fate.

The Titans, who are tied with Palm Beach State College for third place at 7-9, host second-place Broward College (8-9) at 6 p.m. Friday and then visit Broward in Davie at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Miami Dade College leads the conference at 12-4.

The Titans then play two games with fifth-place Indian River State (7-10) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Melbourne and 4 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Pierce.

The Titans wrap up with home-and-home games with Miami Dade and Palm Beach on April 18 and 19 and April 22 and 23 respectively.

The top two teams in the FCSAA's four conferences advance to the state tournament at Lakeland in May. The four third-place finishers play off with the two winners also advancing to Lakeland.