OCALA-- The College of Central Florida baseball team put an exclamation point on its season and sent their sophomores off in winning fashion, completing the season sweep of rival Santa Fe on Friday afternoon at Goodlett Field.
CF honored 13 sophomores before today's game: Kenny McDonald, Enderson Velasquez, Ryan Kopenski, Robby Jolley, Josh Ellzey, Ricky Page, Weston Pope, David Lugo, Ryan Smith, Collin Woody, Mike Cetta, AJ Elkins and Jake Gangelhoff.
Then they went to work.
The Patriots (32-16, 17-7) sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the first inning on their way to an 11-1 win in seven innings. With the win, CF swept the Saints (23-19, 11-12) for the first time in well over a decade and did it by outscoring the Saints 54-14 over the four games.
Robby Jolley (2-for-3, three runs scored, double, RBI), Christian Khawam (1-for-5, two runs scored, RBI), Enderson Velasquez (2-for-4, two runs scored, two RBI), Ryan Smith (2-for-5, run scored, RBI), Collin Woody (1-for-4, two runs scored, two RBI, double), A.J. Elkins (1-for-3, run scored, double, three RBI) and David Lugo (1-for-3, run scored, RBI) led the way for CF on Sophomore Day.
Velasquez finished 10-for-17 with nine runs scored and six RBI against SFC this season, while Woody, whose double in the seventh inning ended the game, finished with 10 RBI on the year against the Saints.
The Patriots, who pounded out a combined 66 hits in their wins over Santa Fe this season, also took advantage of six errors by the Saints, who needed a win over CF to stay alive for the Mid-Florida Conference's wildcard spot. Instead, the Saints couldn't capitalize off a loss by Seminole State to Daytona State earlier on Friday and were eliminated. Seminole will face either Northwest Florida State or Tallahassee on Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. in Palatka for a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament.
CF has already punched its ticket to state and will face the Panhandle Conference champion, which will either by Gulf Coast State or Chipola. The first round matchup will take place Friday, May 9 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. at 7 p.m.
Before state tournament action kicks off, CF will close out its regular season with a non-conference home game against Pasco-Hernando on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.