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Eastern Florida Scores 9-2 Conference Baseball Victory Over Broward

April 11, 2014 - Heading into Friday's crucial Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference home game against Broward College, Eastern Florida head baseball coach Jeff Tam had a simple message for his team.

"We told the guys it's in your hands to decide your fate whether you make the state tournament or get the opportunity to play in a one-game playoff to get there," Tam said.

"Maybe they took it to heart."

That the Titans did, scoring five runs in the first inning and tacking on four more in the fifth for a 9-2 victory that improved their conference record to 8-9. Broward fell to 8-11.

Palm Beach State is 8-10 and Indian River State 8-11 as the 24-game conference schedule that determines the top two teams who advance to the state tournament and the third-place team who advances to the one-game playoff, winds down.

Miami Dade leads the conference at 13-4.

Friday's victory broke a five-game conference losing streak for Eastern Florida which visits Broward at 1 p.m. Saturday in Davie. The Titans then host Indian River at 6 p.m. Tuesday and visit Indian River on Wednesday. They then visit Miami Dade at 4 p.m. Friday, host the Sharks at 1 p.m. Saturday and finish the regular season by visiting Palm Beach State on April 22 and hosting the Panthers on April 23.

Catcher Austin Leeney was the big gun offensively for the Titans with a triple and single and four runs batted in. The Titans rapped out 14 hits while their starter, right-hander Dulvis Borjas handcuffed Broward allowing no runs, five hits, one walk and one hit batter over seven innings while striking out six.

"He got focused early, stayed focused and he made quality pitches," Tam said of Borjas. "It's not about how hard you can throw and blowing it by guys. It's about getting outs early in the count. He got a lot of those."

Borjas credited his sinker that he threw inside and mixed with a fastball, slider and change-up with keeping Broward hitters off balance.

"Dulvis was great, lit up the strike zone," said Leeney, his catcher. "In and out, changed speeds. He just did what he needed to do to give us a chance to win."

J.J. Gould, Alessandro Lima, Francisco Cruz and Austin Pereira also had two hits apiece with Lima, Cruz, Leeney and Christian Diaz scoring two times each.

Broward scored its two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an error, a walk and two hits. Cruz threw a runner out at the plate from right field for the inning's second out.