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.
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.