Eastern Florida State College Sports Roundup
By Space Coast Daily // April 10, 2014
Titans Break Baseball Losing Streak
Eastern Florida’s baseball team broke a five-game losing streak on yesterday 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.
Eastern Florida Ready to Defend District Golf Tournament Title
Heading into the NJCAA Division I District 4 postseason tournament as the defending champion Eastern Florida head golf coach Jamie Howell is confident.
The 54-hole tournament tees off on Monday in Albany, GA where the Titans have won in their last two in-season tournament appearances, last fall and in March.
The district tournament serves as the qualifier for the NJCAA Division I national tournament in May, a trip the Titans have made for 11 consecutive seasons. And this year’s team certainly doesn’t want to be the one to end the run.
“It would be my observation we have not even considered not going to nationals,” Howell said of the nationally sixth-ranked Titans. “At this time of year the guys must take ownership of the team and push each other. They expect it from the coaches but there is an element of pride in pushing your fellow teammates.”
Eastern Florida will be represented at district by sophomores Arthur Leonard, Nick Maynard and Kyle Benson and freshmen Brad Gray and Drew Cooke.
Everyone is aware of the expectations and the method to meet them.
“Fewer mistakes and unforced errors and good play will take care of the outcome,” Howell said.
Howell expects the main competition to be defending national champion Central Alabama, Faulkner State, host Darton State, and Wallace State. Other teams in the district are Cape Fear Community College of North Carolina, Abraham Baldwin College of Georgia, USC-Lancaster, Wake Tech of North Carolina and Meridian Community College of Mississippi.
The Titans finished the spring tournament season with a victory, three fourth-place finishes and an 11th-place finish. They also defeated NCAA Division I St. Peter’s University in a dual match.
They have won the district tournament four times in the last 11 seasons, the most recent before 2013 coming in 2008.