Ocala, FL-- The College of Central Florida baseball team made a huge statement on Wednesday afternoon, routing Santa Fe 22-4, and giving head coach Marty Smith win No. 598.
After falling down by four early, the Patriots responded with 22 unanswered runs, including 11 in the seventh, on their way to a seven-inning wipeout in Gainesville.
CF (26-14, 11-5), which trails St. Johns River State by a 1/2 game for the lead in the Mid-Florida Conference, pounded out 28 hits. Justin Ambrosino (5 for 5, three doubles, two runs scored, six RBI), Ryan Crile (4 for 6, two runsscored, five RBI, triple, home run), Enderson Velasquez (3 for 5, two runs scored, triple, RBI), RyanSmith (3 for 5, three runs scored, RBI), Collin Woody (4 for 6, three RBI, four runs scored, homerun), Colby Brown (3 for 6, three runs scored, three RBI, double), David Lugo (3 for 5, three runsscored, RBI) and Christian Khawam (1 for 4, run scored).
Trailing 4-0 entering the fourth, Crile got CF on the board with an RBI single.
From there, the flood gates began to crack.
The Patriots tied the game at 4-all with three runs in the fifth, sparked by Ambrosino's game-tying two-run double.
CF opened things up over the next two innings.
Crile's solo homer in the sixth gave the Patriots the lead for good. Woody's three-run home run later in the frame keyed a seven-run outburst.
The Patriots, though, were just getting started.
In the seventh, CF scored 11 more runs and dealt SFC its biggest loss under highly successful coach Johnny Wiggs.
After suffering double-digit, consecutive losses to the Saints in 2010 when SFC reached the NJCAA National Championship Game, CF has won five of the last nine meetings with its rival.
Boomer Bieglaski (6-2) went six innings and earned the win for the Patriots. Biegalski is 5-0 in conference play and CF is 6-0 in his starts during the MFC season. The freshman from Tallahassee didn't allow a run after seeing the Saints score four times in the second.
CF sent SFC to its fourth-straight loss.
A week ago, the two teams were part of a three-way tie for the lead in the MFC, but St. Johns River swept SFC (20-15, 8-8), while the Patriots extended a winning streak to five games, before a loss on Saturday at Daytona State.
CF will try to pull Smith to within one win of No. 600 when its hosts Santa Fe on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Goodlett Field.