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Loss at Palm Beach State Knocks Eastern Florida Out of Automatic Bid to State Baseball Tournament
April 22, 2014 - Eastern Florida's baseball team suffered a crucial loss on Tuesday, falling 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth inning at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.
Eastern Florida surrendered 16 hits and committed five errors. The Titans rapped out 14 hits and Palm Beach committed one error.
Closer Chayce Hubbard took the loss for the Titans. Francisco Cruz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run batted in for the Titans. Austin Leeney was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in; Christian Diaz 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI and J.J. Gould 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.
The loss dropped Eastern Florida to 11-12 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference and knocked it out of the running for a second-place finish and an automatic bid to the state tournament in Lakeland in May.
But the Titans' hopes are not fully extinguished.
Palm Beach visits Eastern Florida at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus, a game Eastern Florida must win to have a shot at finishing third and participating in a playoff among third-place finishers from the FCSAA's four conferences for the right to advance to Lakeland.
Admission to the regular-season finale is free.
Palm Beach improved to 12-11 in the conference, into second place and into the state tournament since it holds a tiebreaker advantage over Eastern Florida in event of a tie.
The tiebreaker is each team's record against the first-place finisher, which is conference champion Miami Dade College. Palm Beach beat Miami Dade twice, Eastern Florida only once.
Broward College, which was 8-12 heading into its game with Miami Dade (16-6) on Tuesday, needed a win against the Sharks to remain in the race. Broward has three conference games remaining, one more against Miami Dade and two against Indian River State.
Eastern Florida is now 26-17 for the season. Palm Beach is 28-20.