Eastern Florida State Sports Roundup
By Space Coast Daily // April 18, 2014
EFSC Baseball Tops Indian River 9-1 to Improve in Conference Race
Eastern Florida’s baseball team, involved in a tight race to determine its postseason fate, took a big step forward on Wednesday defeating host Indian River State College 9-1 in Fort Pierce.
The victory moved Eastern Florida to 10-9 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference in second place behind Miami Dade, which is 13-5.
Palm Beach State was 10-10 heading into Wednesday while Broward College was 8-12. Indian River fell to 8-13.
The top two finishers in each of the FCSAA’s four conferences move on to the state tournament. The four third-place teams hold a one-game playoff to determine the final two state tournament teams.
Eastern Florida has two games remaining against Miami Dade, 4 p.m. Friday at home on the Melbourne Campus and Saturday in Kendall; a 6 p.m. Monday make-up game against Indian River at home and then a Tuesday-Wednesday home-and-home series with Palm Beach State.
Right-hander Dulvis Borjas was masterful for the Titans again, going eight innings and striking out seven. He has allowed one run in his last 15 innings.
Indian River scratched out five hits while Eastern Florida pounded out 14. EFSC’s Alessandro Lima was 3-for-5 with two doubles; Christian Diaz 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored and Austin Leeney 2-for-4 with two runs batted in..
Titans Suffer Doubleheader Sweep in Softball
Eastern Florida’s softball team suffered a disheartening doubleheader sweep at the hands of the nation’s No. 1 team on Wednesday, bowing 7-4 and 4-2 to Indian River State College on the Palm Bay Campus.
The defeats denied Eastern Florida the possibility of overtaking Indian River State atop the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference.
Instead Indian River can do no worse than co-champions of the conference with Miami Dade College while Eastern Florida must beat Miami Dade twice on Saturday in Palm Bay to avoid a possible playoff with Palm Beach State College to determine the conference’s third-place finisher and third qualifier for the state tournament.
“We’re still there, what did Yogi Berra say, ‘it’s not over until it’s over?'” said Eastern Florida assistant coach Bob Yanczewski.
Despite being held to three hits and being induced into 13 ground-ball outs by Indian River right-hander Lisette Garay the Titans broke through for a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the second game on a bloop double by Devin Williams, a single by Brooke Formby, an error and a groundout.
But that was all Eastern Florida could muster against Garay who retired 14 of the final 15 batters she faced and now has held the Titans to a total of six hits and two runs over 12 innings in the last two times she faced them. “She’s a tough pitcher,” Yanczewski said. “She’s out there working hard, throwing strikes. You’re throwing strikes you’re beating the ball on the ground, that’s what we did.
“We didn’t get the big hit when we needed the big hit. They did. They got the bloop,” Yanczewski added about Shelby Duncan’s two-out, two-run double that barely cleared the infield but brought home the winning runs in the sixth inning.
Amber Atkinson, who finished the doubleheader with six hits, was intentionally walked to bring Duncan to the plate but the move backfired. For her part Eastern Florida starter Dajia Jones pitched courageously but eventually surrendered 11 hits to take the loss.
In the first game Indian River sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning and scored twice to break a 3-3 tie. The Pioneers left the bases loaded. Indian River rapped out 11 hits in the first game and took advantage of four walks and a wild pitch from losing pitcher Formby and of four Eastern Florida errors.
The Titans collected nine hits with Manya Lopez getting three and Formby and Bri Seaman getting two apiece.
Seaman had two runs batted in and Jones one. But the Titans, after rallying from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, managed only four base runners over the final four innings and couldn’t get another run home until Formby scored on a groundout in the last of the seventh.
Formby scored twice and Lopez added a walk to her three hits, reaching base all four times.
Indian River was guilty of two wild pitches and one error in the first game. Eastern Florida played errorless ball in the second game.