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LAKERS SEASON COMES TO AN END WITH LOSS ON MONDAY

The LSCC Baseball Team was knocked out of the FCSAA State Tournament on Monday with a 13-1 loss by Polk State College.  Dave Thomas started received the loss on the mound.  The Lakers managed two hits in the game.  The Lakers finished 27-22 on the year, good enough for the second most wins in school history.  It was the Lakers first trip to the state tournament and they picked up their first state tournament win with the defeat of State College of Florida – Sarasota / Manatee on Sunday.

 

Nic Kovacs and Jason Matusik picked up additional accolades at the tournament by being named to the All-State Baseball Second Team.  Kovacs finished the year with 8 wins which ties him for first place in school history.  Matusik finished the year with 12 home runs which also ties him for second place in school history.

 

FOUR-RUN FIRST INNING KEYS LAKERS WIN OVER STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIda

From Daily Commercial Staff Report
 

Dominique Allen and Stephen Holden delivered the key base hits in a four-run first inning surge on Sunday and the LSCC Lakers went on to record an 8-5 victory over State College of Florida at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.  Nic Kovacs turned in a solid six inning performance, surrendering just three runs and striking out three, leaving with a 5-3 lead.  Just to make sure, his teammates scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to nail down the win.

 

Mitch Okey’s single through the left side of the infield accounted for an insurance run in the fifth, then drove in the first of two in the eighth-inning rally.  Beau Beaudreau surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh before Jonah Davis came on to slam the door for the Lakers in the ninth.  The Lakers improve to 27-21 with the win and more importantly stay alive in the tournament.  The Lakers play again on Monday at 4:00 p.m. against Polk State College.

 

All games of the tournament are broadcasted on the internet via www.psblive.com.

LAKERS DROP TOURNEY OPENER TO CHIPOla

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Pitching is a necessity in the postseason.  Teams that survived the regular season by bludgeoning opponents with power-laden hitting attacks often make early exits when the stakes are raised.

 

Lake-Sumter reached its first post-season tournament in school history because it fielded a solid corps of pitchers, but the Lakers ran into a dominant arm during Saturday's opening game in the FCSAA tournament.

 

Chipola's Johnny Cristi tossed a complete game and did not allow a baserunner after the fourth inning to lead Chipola to a 3-1 win against LSCC at Joker Marchant Stadium.  Cristi's performance put a damper on a solid effort by LSCC starter Ethan Bader, who went 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs.

 

LSCC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Stephen Holden scored on a sacrifice fly by Zac Hubbard.  Cristi limited the Lakers to three hits- none of which came after the third inning.  Mitch Okey, who walked in the fourth, was the only Laker to reach base after a single by Chris Suto in the third.

 

Chipola tied the game in the sixth and took the lead with two runs in the seventh inning.

 

With the loss, the Lakers play State College of Florida, Manatee at 10 a.m. Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.

 

Lakers ready to play in 'second season'

FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer

 

LAKELAND -- The second season begins today for the Lake-Sumter Community College baseball team.

 

When the Lakers take the field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Tigertown at 10 a.m. today, it will mark the school's first appearance in the FCSAA state tournament. LSCC will play Chipola College, a two time state champion and 2007 national champion, in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament.  The tournament winner, which will be crowned Wednesday, will earn a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament, May 28-  June 4 in Grand Junction, Colo.

 

LSCC coach Rich Billings led the Lakers to a 26-20 overall record this season and a 14-10 mark in the Mid-Florida Conference -- good enough to finish second in the league, one-half game ahead of St. Johns River State College. Billings said today's game is a turning point for the school. LSCC also is ranked eighth in the state in the latest FCSAA poll.

Chipola is tied for fourth in the same poll.

 

"This is a huge deal for LSCC, our baseball program and the community," Billings said. "It says a lot about the kids we're recruiting to come here. Not only are they performing in the classroom, but they're getting the job done on the baseball field, too. This is a chance for our school to be seen in a very positive light.  "We've also got some very loyal supporters in the community and their loyalty pays off now with a trip to the state tournament."

 

Even though this is arguably the biggest stage the Lakers have ever played on, Billings believes his team will play well despite the added pressure. Since playing their final regular-season game, two weeks ago, Billings has stressed to his players that they approach today's game as if it were a routine, midseason contest.  Billings knows his players realize the stakes are significantly higher than a regular-season game, but he also knows that making a big deal out of the game likely would do more harm than good.

 

"We've ordered commemorative shirts for the players, and we're staying in a hotel until Sunday, so everyone understands this is not a routine game," Billings said. "We have to approach it like any other game, though. Our pregame routine will be the same as it's been all season. We want to win this thing and we believe we have a chance to win a state championshio.  "This is a business trip for us, not a vacation."

 

To beat Chipola today, the Lakers will have to approach the game in a business-like manner. Indians coach Jeff Johnson insists that Chipola, which enters the tournament with a 33-19 record, will not be overlooking LSCC.

Johnson said he's learned that overlooking any opponent in the state tournament almost certainly ensures that a team will not stay in the running for the championship.  "In the 13 of my 15 years at state, the one thing you learn is that any team is capable of beating another," Johnson said in a published interview earlier this week. "Teams you think will win don't and teams you don't think will win, will beat you."

 

The Lakers will be led by sophomore Jason Matusik, who won the team's triple crown this year, hitting .353 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. Matusik is second in the state in home runs and tied for third in the nation.  His prowess at the plate this season paid off this week when Matusik signed a national letter of intent to continue his collegiate career at Lynn University in Boca Raton.  Matusik said the Lakers learned how to win close games this season and that will help them as they progress in the postseason. LSCC's pitching staff is stronger than last year, Matusik said, and the hitters have delivered clutch hits at critical times.

 

"We've learned that we can't every give up," Matusik said. "There have been games this year where we were behind by four or five runs, but battled back to win. Our focus during games has been better and we're winning games that we lost last year.  "We're ready to help this program take the next step."

 

If the Lakers beat Chipola, LSCC will play the winner of today's Broward-State College of Florida game, at 1 p.m. Sunday. A loss will pit the Lakers against the loser of the Broward-State College of Florida matchup at 10 a.m on Sunday.

 
FCSAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week (April 18th-25th)
Nic Kovacs, Lake-Sumter
Sophomore – Clermont, Fla.


Lake-Sumter Community College’s Nic Kovacs is this week’s FCSAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Kovacs, a sophomore from Clermont, Fla., helped the Lakers clinch a berth in the NJCAA Gulf District Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history by going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two appearances. On April 18, he earned the complete-game victory against top-ranked Santa Fe. He scattered five hits and one walk, allowing only one run and striking out seven in the 2-1 victory. He struck out two in two innings of relief against Seminole State on April 22.

 

FCSAA Baseball Coaches’ Poll

April 26, 2011 

The FCSAA Baseball Coaches' Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, 2011 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCSAA baseball coaches, the FCSAA Baseball Chair and the FCSAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1.

Santa Fe (7)

35-9-1

106

1

2.

Polk State (2)

39-10-1

94

3

3.

Northwest Florida State (2)

36-12

93

2

4.

Broward

26-16

76

4

5.

State College of Florida

32-17

66

6

6.

Chipola

32-19

53

5

7.

Indian River State

27-20-1

40

7

8.

Lake-Sumter

26-20

32

10

9.

Miami Dade

33-17

30

9

10.

Pensacola State

27-23

14

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Also receiving votes: St. Johns River State 1.


Dropped from rankings: No. 8 St. Johns River State.

 

 

LAKERS BEAT SEMINOLE FRIDAY, CLINCH A SPOT IN THE FCSAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

The LSCC Baseball Team made school history on Friday when they defeated Seminole State College by a score of 7-5.  With the win, the Lakers clinched the runner up spot in the Mid-Florida Conference and also a spot in the FCSAA Baseball Tournament next month.  Chris Suto and Mitch Okey hit home runs in the seventh inning Friday to put the Lakers up for good.  Suto's two run home run tied the score at three and later that inning Okey hit his first home run of the year to give the Lakers the lead.  The Lakers would go on to score three more runs in the eighth inning.

 

On the mound, Ethan Bader shook off a rough first inning in which he allowed three runs.  Bader proceeded to throw five scoreless innings of two-hit ball, striking out six along the way.  Bader was credited with the win and improves to 5-4 on the year.  Nic Kovacs came in relief and threw two innings allowing two runs and Jonah Davis came on and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fifth save of the season.

 

With the win, the Lakers finish the regular season with a 26-20 overall record, 14-10 in conference play.  The 26 wins tie the 2000 team for the most in school history.  The 2002 team holds the all-time record with 28 wins.  Former Mt. Dora Bible standout Jason Matusik is currently second in the state with 12 home runs and tied for third nationally. 

 

The playoffs begin on May 7th at 10 a.m. against the Panhandle Conference Champion.  All games will be played at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, home of the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training.

 

 

 

LAKERS CLIMB INTO 2ND PLACE IN MID-FLORIDa

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

If the regular season was over, the Lake-Sumter baseball team would be playoff bound.  The Lakers scored four runs in the eighth inning Wednesday for a 9-6 win against St. Johns River State College at the LSCC Baseball Complex.  With the win, LSCC improved to 25-20 overall, and, more importantly, 13-10 in the Mid-Florida Conference.  The Lakers are one-half game ahead of St. Johns River State with one game to play - a road contest Friday against Seminole State in Sanford.

 

David Thomas (3-6) was the winning pitcher Wednesday.  He was the fifth of six pitchers used by the Lakers.  LSCC battered four St. Johns River State pitchers for 10 hits.  James Lang led the way with four hits and scored three runs, and Jason Matusik blasted his 12th home run of the season.  Mitch Okey scored the game winning run on an error in the eighth inning.

 

LAKE-SUMTER BASEBALL TEAM BEATS SANTA FE COLLEGE IN MID-FLORIDA GAME

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Nic Kovacs earned his seventh win of the season, and James Lang batted in the eventual winning run Monday in Lake-Sumter Community College's 2-1 win against Santa Fe College.  The Lakers improved to 24-20 overall with the win and 12-10 in the Mid-Florida Conference.

 

Kovacs tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out seven en route to improving his record to 7-2.  In addition to Lang, Stephen Holden also had an RBI for the Lakers.

 

LSCC hosts St. Johns River State College at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. 

 

Mid-Florida Conference Standings

Santa Fe -  17-5

St. Johns River - 12-9

Lake-Sumter - 12-10

Daytona State - 9-12

Central Florida - 9-13

Seminole State - 9-13

FSC-JAX - 8-14

LSCC DROPS CRUCIAL MID-FLORIDA GAME AGAINST FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE-JAX

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

The Lake-Sumter CC baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Florida State College-Jacksonville Saturday in a Mid-Florida Conference game at the LSCC Baseball Complex.  The Lakers fell to 23-20 with the loss and 11-10 in the Mid-Florida Conference.  LSCC is 1 1/2 games behind St. Johns River State College, the league's second place team.

 

LSCC spotted FSC-Jacksonville a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but tied the game with a pair in the fifth.  FSC-Jacksonville pushed another run across in the seventh for the game winner.  The Lakers managed six hits, led by Jason Matusik with two hits.  Chris Suto and Zac Hubbard scored for the Lakers.  LSCC plays Santa Fe at 3 p.m. Monday in Gainesville and hosts St. Johns River at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Upcoming Games

Monday, 4/18 @ Santa Fe - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/20 vs St. Johns River - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, 4/22 @ Seminole State College - 2:30 p.m.

 

 

MID-FLORIDA RACE TIGHTENS WITH LSCC WIN 

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Mitchell Dolan delivered a solid pitching effort, and Jason Matusik blasted his 11th home run of the season Friday to lead Lake-Sumter CC to an 8-2 win against Daytona State.  Dolan improved to 4-6 with his eight inning effort.  The freshman allowed one run on three hits, and he struck out seven.

 

Matusik paced the Lakers offense by going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double.  As a team, LSCC hammered out 13 hits.  Tyler Kellmann had two hits, including a triple, and he had two RBIs.  Stephen Holden had two hits and an RBI.  Dominique Allen also went 2-for-5.

 

LSCC improved to 23-19 overall with the win.  More importantly, however, the Lakers' record in the Mid-Florida Conference improved to 11-9.  The Lakers trail the conference runners-up, St. Johns River State College, by one game with four to play.  St. Johns River State also has four games remaining.

 

LSCC hosts Florida State College-Jacksonville at 1 p.m. today at the LSCC Baseball Complex, while St. Johns River State is idle.

 

QUICK START LIFTS LAKERS PAST PATRIOTS 12-7

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Nic Kovacs turned a celebration into a victory.  The Lake-Sumter Community College pitcher signed a national letter of intent with Palm Beach Atlantic University Wednesday morning then went out and pitched 6 1/3 innings to lead the Lakers to a 12-7 win against the College of Central Florida at the LSCC Baseball complex. 

 

LSCC spotted Kovacs a four-run lead in the first inning.  Kovacs allowed nine hits and two earned runs.  The Lakers had 15 hits, led by Jason Matusik and Tim Blackmon who had three hits apiece.  Chris Suto, Dominique Allen, and Stephen Holden smacked two hits.

 

LSCC (22-19 overall, 10-9 Mid-Florida Conference) plays Daytona State College at 3 p.m. Friday in Daytona Beach.  The Lakers remained a game back of St. Johns River State College for second place in the conference with SJRSC’s win over FSC-Jacksonville Wednesday night.

 

LAKERS LOSE AGAIN TO PASCO-HERNANDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON MONDAY

Pasco-Hernando CC jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Monday and beat the Lakers by a final score of 7-3.  James Lang led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance.  No other Laker had more than one hit.

 

Dave Thomas was tagged with loss and falls to 2-6 on the year.  Thomas pitched three innings, allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits.  Chad Buckley, Beau Beaudreau, Jonah Davis, and Dylan Price combined to pitch five innings and allowed one earned run.

 

The loss drops the LSCC to 21-19 overall on the year.  The Lakers are back in Mid-Florida Conference action when they welcome the College of Central Florida to town.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.  The Lakers are currently one game back from St. Johns River State for second place.  The College of Central Florida is a ½ game back of the Lakers.

LAKERS FALL TO PASCO-HERNANDO CC IN A NON CONFERENCE MATCHUP ON SATURDAY

From the Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Pasco-Hernando Community College staked itself to a 10-1 lead Saturday and cruised to a 15-8 win against Lake-Sumter Community College at the LSCC Baseball Complex.  Mitchell Dolan started and took the loss for the Lakers.  He went three innings and allowed six runs, five earned.  Dolan was one of six LSCC pitchers.

 

LSCC managed 17 hits against five Pasco-Hernando CC pitchers.  Zac Hubbard led the way with four hits, followed by Tyler Kellmann with three hits.  Mitch Okey had one hit and scored twice.  Dolan fell to 3-6 on the season and LSCC dropped to 21-18 overall after the non-conference matchup. 

 

The Lakers are back in action on Monday when they travel to take on Pasco-Hernando CC.  First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

 

The Lakers return to Mid-Florida Conference play on Wednesday when they play at home against the College of Central Florida at 2:30 p.m.  With six conference games remaining, the Lakers are currently 1/2 game behind St. Johns River State College for the second place and a birth in the state tournament in May.

 

Upcoming Games

Monday, 4/11 @ Pasco-Hernando CC - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/13 vs College of Central Florida - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, 4/15 @ Daytona State College - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, 4/16 vs Florida State College - JAX  - 3:00 p.m.

LAKE-SUMTER CLIPS SEMINOLE 5-3 IN MID-FLORIDA CONFERENCE MATCHUP

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

Chris Suto had three hits, and Ethan Bader delivered a solid pitching performance Friday to pace Lake-Sumter Community College to a 5-3 win against Mid-Florida Conference rival Seminole State at the LSCC Baseball Complex.  The Lakers improved to 21-17 overall on the season and evened their Mid-Florida Conference record to 9-9.  With the win, the Lakers move into a tie for second place in the conference.  The top two teams in the Mid-Florida Conference advance to the state tournament.

 

Suto led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Zac Hubbard went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Mitch Okey and James Lang went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

 

On the mound, Bader (4-4) went six innings, allowing seven hits and two runs.  He struck out eight and walked two.  Nic Kovacs added an inning of relief, and Scott Robinson pitched two innings to earn his second save of the season.  Robinson struck out two.

 

The Lakers play Pasco-Hernando CC at 1 p.m. today at the LSCC Baseball Complex.

 

MATUSIK POWERS LAKE-SUMTER CC PAST ST. JOHNS RIVER STATE IN SLUGFEST

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

 

Jason Matusik hit two homeruns Wednesday to pace the Lake-Sumter CC baseball team to a 12-11 win against St. Johns River State College in a Mid-Florida Conference contest.  Jonah Davis earned the win, his first of the season, and Nic Kovacs picked up his first save.

 

Matusik, however, was the offensive star.  He went 3-for-4 with two homeruns, a double, and six RBIs for the Lakers.  Tim Blackmon had two hits, including a homerun.  Chris Stuo went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Dominique Allen went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

 

LSCC (20-17 overall, and 8-9 in the Mid-Florida Conference) hosts Seminole State College at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the LSCC Baseball Complex.

LAKERS LOSE TO SANTA FE ON MONDA

From Daily Commercial Staff Report

Chris Suto homered and the Lakers collected 11 hits Monday, but the offensive explosion wasn’t enough as Santa Fe College outhit the home team to win a 9-6 game.  Suto’s homerun in the third inning gave LSCC starter Mitchell Dolan a 2-1 lead after four innings.  Tim Blackmon turned in a 3-for-5 performance at the plate for LSCC.  The Lakers drop to 19-17 overall, 7-9 in the Mid-Florida Conference.  The Lakers are back in action on Wednesday in Palatka to take on St. Johns River State College.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

 

 

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