Juco baseball | State College of Florida escapes jam, rallies for 2-1 win

Pellien saves dayin eighth inningto beat Broward

jdill@bradenton.comFebruary 19, 2014 

BAYSHORE GARDENS -- It was a nightmare situation. The bases were loaded with nobody out in the late innings of a tie game.

But State College of Florida freshman reliever Devin Pellien never lost his composure.

The former Manatee High standout escaped the eighth-inning jam without allowing a run, and the Manatees plated the go-ahead run in their half of the frame to defeat Broward College 2-1 on Tuesday at Robert C. Wynn Field.

"I was basically trying to throw it by them," Pellien said. "... I always try to stay calm and not have too much going through my head. I was trying to get the momentum back on our side."

SCF (9-2) had difficulty finding any offense against Broward starting pitcher Alex Seibold.

The right-hander allowed four hits over the first six innings to keep the Manatees off the scoreboard.

Then Scott Williams led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a triple to the gap in left-center field.

"I was 1-0, hitter's count, and in that situation I want to get the team going with an extra-base hit," Williams said. "I was just looking for a fastball to hit, and he threw it middle-in and a little bit low. I just saw it well."

Justin Garcia followed with a bloop single to tie the game at 1.

"That was big," said SCF head coach Tim Hill II about Williams' triple. "Not much was going on, and he put a charge in one. It gave us a little bit of life, I think."

But that offense almost was for naught with what occurred in the eighth inning.

Until that point, Broward generated just two hits, both in the first inning, and were stymied against the combination of Dustin Hagy, Alain Girman and Pellien, who struck out the side in the seventh.

An error on a fly ball to right field began the inning for the Seahawks, who then received back-to-back bunt singles.

Pellien, though, delivered for the Manatees when he struck out Austin Langham and got a pair of groundouts to end the threat.

"Devin kept his composure and made pitches when he had to," Hill II said.

SCF scratched out a run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Cory Reed singled and later scored on a grounderl that went through the legs of Broward second baseman Kyle Vesnesky.

The close game is something Hill's club can build upon as the season progresses.

"You're facing a premium arm on the mound, and that guy was pretty good," Hill II said. "And if we're going to go somewhere, you're going to have to beat an arm like that. You just aren't going to score nine, 10 runs a game."

Williams led the Manatees with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, which included the triple and run scored.

Broward's Sly Edwards smacked a one-out, first-pitch solo home run to right-center field in top of the first inning to pace the Seahawks' offense.

Broward stranded 12 runners and was limited to just four hits, while SCF collected seven hits and left six runners on base.

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