The College of Central Florida Patriots (30-8, 8-3) were looking for a little payback after losing to the Seminole State College Raiders (18-12, 6-4) in 11 innings at home on Wednesday, 10-9. The Pats traveled to Sanford for an afternoon game on Friday and came out with a hard fought 8-4 victory over the Raiders.
The NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week, Kyle Lacalameto started for the Pats and toughed out 4.1 innings allowing three runs, six hits and striking out two. Seth Baugh (1-0) relieved LaCalameto and threw 2.1 innings, allowing only one hit, one run and striking out two. Baugh for his efforts earned the win. "It felt great to get my first win of the season but wouldn't have been able to do it without the efforts of the entire team today" said Baugh. Two additional relievers, Alfredo Caraballo (1.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 1K) and Troy Britts (0.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, Save) closed out the game for the Patriots.
After falling behind 2-1, the Patriots exploded for five runs in the fourth inning off of Seminole's ace pitcher, Ethan Brown. Singles by Jeslyn Whitehead and Nicholas Calero started the inning. Spencer Stephens drove home Whitehead with a double and then Matt Cedarburg lined a double to deep right centerfield scoring Calero and Stephens to push the lead to 4-2. The rally continued when Garrett Wallace's hard single up the middle scored Miguel Useche and Cedarburg to up the lead to 6-2.
SSC's Luke Hatcher hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the Pats lead to 6-3, but that is as close as the Raiders would get. CF tacked on two more runs on an Edrick Felix groundout and a Cedarburg single. Cedarburg and Wallace both finished the game going 2 for 4 with three RBIs each.