What would have been one of the greatest comebacks in the State College of Florida baseball program's storied history fell one run short Sunday.
The Manatees, after trailing 10-0 in the fourth inning, could not get the tying run home from third with no outs in the ninth, losing 10-9 to Chattanooga (Tenn.) State CC in a loser's bracket game at the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
The loss eliminates SCF, ending another quest for the program's first national title.
Austin Chubb's three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth was part of a four-run inning that started the rally, but SCF still trailed 10-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.
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Chattanooga brought in reliever Jordan Hinson, who proceeded to give up hits to all five Manatees hitters he faced.
Chubb and Tyler Rocklein started the rally with back-to-back solo home runs. Brad Dantzler, pinch-hitter Alex Burgos and Paul Stortini followed with singles, bringing home a third run in the inning and putting the tying run on third and winning run on first.
Chattanooga then brought in a new pitcher, Brandon Elrod, who got SCF leadoff hitter Austin Smith to fly out to shallow center and Anthony Figliolia to hit into a game-ending double play.
SCF pitcher Josh Lucas allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings. But relievers Michael Shreves and Nick Goody combined to hold the Chattanooga offense to just two runs in the final 6 1/3 innings.