Ocala, FL-- Sparked by a pair of newcomers, the College of Central Florida baseball team got off to a good start in its regular season opener.
Christian Khawam homered and drove in five runs, while Mike Cetta struck out nine in a 7-4 win for the Patriots over Pensacola State in a game that was called by rain after seven innings on Friday afternoon at Goodlett Field.
Khawam, a freshman from Miami Southridge High School, hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat as a Patriot and helped the hosts wipe out a 3-0 first inning deficit.
For the game, Khawam went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and had one of his team's four doubles, to go along with his two-run homer.
Cetta, a transfer from Point Park and Miami Palmetto High product, allowed just one run over his final six innings of work and was effective in getting out of trouble.
Pensacola went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position after the opening inning and Cetta allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Khawam gave him all the support he would need with a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth.
He added a run-scoring double for CF (1-0) in the sixth and Josh Ellzey extended his team's lead to three with a sacrifice fly later in the frame.
CF will host Indian River State in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.