The College of Central Florida Patriots (32-9, 10-4) found themselves down by seven runs in the fifth inning to St. John's River State College (20-18, 6-8) following Ramses Cordova's grand slam home run. It was Cordova's fourth home run of the season. That just set the stage for another Pats comeback as they rallied for a walk-off win 13-12 when Garrett Wallace singled home Kevin Kilpatrick who led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a triple.
The epic comeback started with a Kyler Hultgren sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-3. Spencer Stephens led off the sixth inning with his first home run of the year to make it 9-4. CF then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk when Matt Cedarburg doubled home two to make it 9-6. Miguel Useche scored on a wild pitch and a Jackson Taylor groundball got the Pats to within one run. The game was tied 9-9 when Hultgren scored on another Viking wild pitch.
The Vikings weren't deterred as they scored in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead 10-9 when Pats' pitching walked in a run. Riley Huge came in relief to shutdown the St. John's River rally.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Stephens singled and then Kilpatrick and Useche hit back-to-back home runs to give the lead back to the Pats 12-10. It was Kilpatrick's third and Useche's fourth home runs of the season.
The Patriots sent their closer, Evan Michelson (4-1) to the mound in the ninth inning, but the Vikings were not done yet. Kyle Smith reached on a dropped third strike passed ball followed by a Tripp McKinlay double. A groundout by JJ Sousa got the Vikings to within one run. Daniel Labrador then singled home McKinlay with two outs to knot the see saw battle again at 12-12.
All this did was set the stage for a dramatic bottom of the ninth. Kilpatrick led of the ninth with a triple to centerfield. After a pop out the Vikings intentionally loaded the bases. Wallace then hit a sharp single to right field bringing home Kilpatrick with the winning run.
"It wasn't real pretty, but we kept battling at home and got the W." said Head Coach Marty Smith.
The Patriots will try to complete the sweep when they travel to Palatka on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. game against the Vikings.