Wallace strikes out 12, leads Patriots past FSC-Jacksonville

Wallace strikes out 12, leads Patriots past FSC-Jacksonville

OCALA--The College of Central Florida baseball team took one step closer at having a shot at the Region 8 Tournament, as it knocked off Florida State College at Jacksonville 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, CF (30-16, 12-10) put FSC-J (9-12 in MFC) on its last leg for the third-place spot in the Mid-Florida Conference and split the season-series in the process.

A year ago, the Patriots tied for the third place spot with Daytona State, but lost out on a chance at the state tournament, by virtue of losing the season series.

This time around, CF turned the ball over to Cooper Wallace (8-2), who struck out 12 in eight innings to earn his fifth consecutive win in conference play.

The Patriots have now won nine of their last 10 MFC games and 11 of 12 overall. 

Wallace scattered eight hits and allowed two runs in the win.

CF led 4-0 heading into the eighth, but FSC-J managed to cut the lead in half.

The Patriots, though, responded with two runs in their half of the eighth to gain some breathing room.

Brandon Harmon, Luke Heyer and Ryan Knowles had three hits each for CF.

Harmon and Evan Holland both knocked in two runs for the Patriots.

CF scored four runs in the second inning to give Wallace all the offense he would need.

The Patriots finished with 14 hits in the victory.

CF visits Lake-Sumter State College on Wednesday. The Patriots clinch the third-place spot with a win or a loss by FSC-J.