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Dramatic Game Left Undecided as Rain Rules; Eastern Florida-Miami to Finish Game at Miami on Saturday
April 18, 2014 - The game had everything but an ending.
Friday's baseball game between Eastern Florida and Miami Dade College was suspended by rain in the bottom of the ninth inning with an Eastern Florida runner on first base and no outs and Miami Dade leading 7-6 on the Melbourne Campus.
After a wait of about 40 minutes and about 20 minutes of work in attempt to make the wet field playable it was decided the game would be completed at 1 p.m. Saturday as the teams play a their scheduled head-to-head contest at Miami Dade's Kendall Campus.
Eastern Florida came into the game with a Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference record of 10-9 and in a fight for its postseason life.
Miami Dade came in at 14-6 and in first place. The top two teams in each of the FCSAA's four conferences advance to the state tournament. The four third-place teams playoff to determine the final two entrants.
Palm Beach State is 11-11 in the conference, Broward College 8-12 and Indian River 8-13. Teams play 24 conference games.
So much was at stake for Eastern Florida, which lead 1-0 after one inning and 3-2 after three. Eastern Florida went ahead 4-2 in the fifth inning as Angel Soto scored on a wild pitch.
Two innings later the fun really began. Miami Dade went ahead 5-3 as Miami Dade's Darren Seferina greeted Eastern Florida reliever Chayce Hubbard with a three-run home run to give the Sharks a 5-4 lead.
The advantage was short lived as Soto crushed a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-5 tie.
Eastern Florida then went ahead 6-5 on Christian Diaz's home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth. But that lead didn't last long as Miami Dade's Mario Amaral hit a two-run homer to right in the top of the ninth for the 7-6 advantage.
Soto then led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk as the rain poured down. Play was suspended shortly thereafter.
For the game to that point Eastern Florida had scored five of its six runs with two outs but also left 13 runners on base.
Miami Dade collected 12 hits while Eastern Florida rapped out 11. Diaz, Soto and Austin Pereira had two each.
The teams combined for four errors, three by Eastern Florida. There was a catcher's interference call on Miami and two batters were hit by pitches.
Miami Dade is the defending conference champion and Eastern Florida is seeking its first state tournament bid since 2001.
Beyond Saturday Eastern Florida plays a make-up game at home at 6 p.m. Monday against Indian River State, journeys to Lake Worth to play Palm Beach State at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and closes the regular season at home at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus against Palm Beach at 5 p.m. Wednesday.