OCALA-The College of Central Florida baseball team pulled off a sweep of last year's NJCAA National runner-up and the team it lost to on the final day of the NJCAA/FCSAA Region VIII Tournament a year ago.
The Patriots got stellar pitching and swept Miami Dade College on Friday afternoon at Goodlett Field by scores of 7-1 and 2-1.
A year ago, the Sharks bounced back from a day two loss to CF at the state tournament to rally for the championship, which left the Patriots in third place in the state.
This time around, CF got revenge.
In the opener, starter David Lebron threw six scoreless innings of two-hit ball and struck out three.
CF (12-8) scored four times in the second and added three more runs in the third to open things up.
From there, the Patriots saw Octavio Mirabal go all seven innings and allow one run on two hits. Mirabal walked one and struck out five.
Despite the effort from Mirabal, CF was down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but battled back to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Frazier.
CF then won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh.
Ryan Crile (4-for-7, double, run scored, two RBI), Christian Khawam (3-for-7), Justin Ambrosino (home run, two RBI), Luke Heyer (two runs scored), Frazier (1-for-3, two runs scored, RBI), German Reyes (two runs scored) and Bryan Mejia (double) also had key efforts at the plate over the course of the doubleheader.
CF returns to action on Saturday with a trip to South Georgia State for a doubleheader beginning at noon.