OCALA-- The College of Central Florida baseball team traveled to Florida State College at Jacksonville on Friday to open up its second three-game conference series.
NJCAA and FCSAA No. 1 Patriots improved to 23-2 overall, 3-1 in the Mid-Florida Conference, after defeating the Blue Wave 10-5 in Jacksonville.
CF got out to a 1-0 lead after sophomore second baseman Nolan Machibroda hit into a fielder's choice in the first inning. From there, the Patriots would plate three runs in the third and fifth innings, and an additional run in the top of the seventh, to shoot out to a 8-1 lead.
FSCJ countered with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to close the Patriot lead to just four.
CF would go on to plate two insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings to secure the win.
As a team, the Patriot bats pounded out 14 hits on the day.
Machibroda (2-for-4, run scored) and freshman designated hitter Christian Rivera (3-for-3, 2 runs scored) led the way at the plate with two runs each. Freshman outfielder James Nix, who leads the state in batting average, finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Brandon Knarr, transfer from University of Notre Dame, threw six complete innings, allowing just three runs on five hits and struck out five to improve to 2-0 on the season.
CF will be back in action on Saturday when FSCJ comes to Ocala for game two of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Goodlett Field.