OCALA-- The College of Central Florida baseball team defeated St. John's River State College 7-3 in a 14-inning thriller to officially clinch second place in the Mid-Florida Conference.
The Vikings answered with an unearned run in the seventh and plated two more runs in the bottom of the eigth inning to tie things up 3-3.
A five-inning pitching duel between the Patriot and Viking pitching staffs culminated to a four-run 14th inning thanks to the go-ahead, two-out, RBI single from Matt Moclair and a three-run homer from Yorvis Torrealba, his 12th of the season, to put the Patriots ahead for good.
On the mound, CF got a stellar performance from starter Franklin Hernandez and company. Hernandez didn't allow an earned run on seven hits and struck out three in seven innings of work. Hernandez also did not walk a Viking batter.
Josh Harper gave up two runs on one hit in one inning of work before giving way to Jack Hartman (2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB), Pablo Toranzo (2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Codie Lunday (1 IP, 0 H, 2 K) to close things out. Toranzo recorded his first win of the season and Lunday notched his first save as a Patriot.
In the win, CF added to its total home runs, now with a program-best 86 on the year. The Patriots are ranked first in the state and nation in total home runs.
The Patriots have one conference game remaining against Lake-Sumter State College on Monday in Leesburg before turning its attention to the conference playoffs. Here's how the playoffs breakdown: MFC No. 4 will travel to MFC No. 3 on Friday, April 27. The winner of that game will travel to CF on Saturday for game one of a three-game series. The winner of the series will clinch the second and final state tournament spot for the Mid-Florida Conference.