PREVIEW: CF vs St. Johns to decide conference No. 1

PREVIEW: CF vs St. Johns to decide conference No. 1

Ocala, FL--The game of the year in the Mid-Florida Conference baseball season is here.

The College of Central Florida baseball team will visit St. Johns River State on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with first place in the MFC on the line.

Thanks to its 4-1 win over FSC-Jacksonville on Monday, the Patriots (29-14, 14-5) pulled to within a half game of the Vikings (31-12, 14-4).

CF went 1-2 against SJRSC earlier this season, but the one victory turned things around. Paced by an outstanding outing from freshman Boomer Biegalski, the Patriots were able to pull out a 3-2 win in 10 innings in Ocala.

CF had allowed 25 runs in the first two games against the Vikings, but Bieglaski (7-2) allowed just two hits and no earned runs in nine innings of work. SJRSC, winners of five of its last seven games against the Patriots including all three matchups in Palatka over the last two seasons, took the lead in the top of the 10th inning, but CF rallied with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to win it.

Ben Ellzey's bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th started a span of 11 wins in 13 games for the Patriots.

This season, CF has received great production from freshman Christian Khawam. The Miami Southridge's effort against SJRSC has been even more impressive. Khawam is 7 for 14 with four runs scored, three doubles and three RBI against the Vikings.

Colby Brown (4 for 9, two runs scored, home run, two RBI) and N.J. Williamson (5 for 11, two runs scored) have also been strong against the Vikings, who made the state tournament last season.

In order to get past the Vikings, CF will have to corral a potent opposing lineup.

Josh Garcia (8 for 14, five runs scored, four RBI, home run, double), Will Mackenzie (5 for 14, three runs scored, two home runs, six RBI) and Tyler Humphreys (4 for 11, five runs scored, four RBI) have led SJRSC at the plate this season against the Patriots.