Patriots drop third straight conference game

Patriots drop third straight conference game

DAYTONA BEACH- The College of Central Florida baseball team couldn't hold a three-run lead in the latter stages of its game against Daytona State on Wednesday afternoon.

The Patriots saw the Falcons rally from down three runs in the seventh inning and handed CF a 7-6 loss.

With the loss, CF (24-16, 9-6) falls into a third-place tie in the Mid-Florida Conference.

The third-place spot is important in MFC play.

The third-place team gets a wildcard opportunity in a single game playoff for an automatic trip to the state tournament.

Both CF and DSC have time left to catch St. Johns River and Santa Fe, the current conference leaders, but right now they are embroiled in a battle to catch up to the Vikings and Saints. 

The Patriots, who have lost three straight, saw DSC (20-11, 9-6) score three times in the seventh to tie the game.

From there, DSC took the lead for good in the eighth and held on.

CF jumped out to a 5-2 lead thanks to a four-run effort in the third, but the Falcons battled back.

Luke Heyer (2-for-3, two runs scored, four RBI, home run), Malik Tatis (2-for-4, run scored, home run, RBI), Ben Ellzey (1-for-4, RBI), Nick Mira (1-for-4), Ryan Crile (1-for-4, run scored) and Colby Brown (1-for-3, run scored) led the way for the Patriots.

David Lebron started and struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings for CF, but didn't factor into the outcome, as the Falcons scored their fourth straight win.

CF hosts DSC on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.