The College of Central Florida Patriots (22-5) won their game against Pasco-Hernando State College (10-15) in dramatic fashion Monday afternoon when Jackson Taylor hit a home run to deep right field to walk-off the Bobcats, 2-1. It was Taylor's third home run of the season. The win increased the Pats winning streak to nine games in a row.
The Central Florida pitching staff saved the day as the Pats bats went cold. Shawn Guilliams (University of Florida commit) started and went six innings, allowing only one run on three hits, while striking out five Bobcats. Logan Clayton (University of Houston commit) went 2.1 shutout innings striking out three and Evan Michelson (3-1) picked up the win by getting two outs in the ninth inning to shut down a Pasco-Hernando rally. Pats' pitching coach Zac Cole on today's win; "Sometimes it's the pitchers, sometimes it's the hitters, sometimes it's the defense, but the good teams they find a way to pick each other up."
Bobcats starting pitcher Cameron Kenny stifled the Pats for six innings of shutout baseball allowing only two hits and striking out four. Hunter Booth (1-5) took the loss when he gave up Taylor's home run in the ninth.
In the latest polls the Central Florida Patriots are ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Region 8 and No. 5 in the NJCAA National Rankings. The Pats take on TNXL - Orlando on Tuesday at 2:30 PM and return to Mid-Florida Conference play this Friday when they will host Lake Sumter State College at 1:00 PM.