OCALA--The CF baseball team split a pair with Indian River State College on Saturday afternoon in Fort Pierce. The Patriots took game one 6-1 before falling 11-7 in game two.
LHP Hunter Bowling excelled in his debut, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out five for the win. Sophomore transfer Austin Nickle made his first relief appearance as a Patriot, allowing just one run on five hits and struck out six in four innings of work.
Bowling and Nickle combined for 11 strike outs in game one.
Flores (1-for-2, runs scored) led the offensive charge with three RBIs, while Tanner May (2-for-4, 2 runs scored), Luis Medina (2-for-4, RBI), Smallwood (1-for-3, RBI), Zach West (1-for-3, RBI), and Matt Moclair (2-for-3) were also key contributors at the plate.
In game two, the Patriots out hit Indian River 10-8, but costly errors hurt CF.
Medina (1-for-4, 2 RBI) blasted his second homer of the year, while Ricky Presno (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored), Jack Hartman (1-for-1, 2 RBI), and May (2-for-3, run scored) also provided offense in the loss.
CF heads to Hillsborough Community College on Monday for a 3 p.m. start. The Patriots will have their home opener on Friday when they host South Florida State College at 1 p.m.