BROWARD TAKES TWO AGAINST MIAMI DADE TO FINISH SECOND IN SOUTHERN CONFERENCE WITH 17-11 RECORD,
CLINCHES BERTH TO NJCAA REGION 8/FCSAA TOURNAMENT ON MAY 8-13 AT JOKER MARCHANT STADIUM IN LAKELAND
This week, Broward entered a home-and-home series against Miami Dade College needing two victories to secure a second place finish in the Southern Conference and clinch a berth to the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament on May 8-13 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. The Seahawks accomplished this task with back-to-back wins over the Sharks.
In the first game on Wednesday at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, Orlando Rodriguez pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and struck out seven to lead Broward to a 3-1 victory. Eduardo Delgado worked the final two innings and fanned two to earn his third save of the year. Joseph Collazo went 2 for 4 with a triple and collected two RBI. The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Collazo’s RBI single to bring in Tyler Fichter from second base. Broward increased the advantage to 2-0 in the sixth when Alvin Swoope scored from third on Collazo’s triple. The Seahawks made it 3-0 in the seventh after Austin Langham tripled and scored on Yordany Salva’s RBI single.
In the regular season finale at Kendall, Michael Agis pitched a complete game, yielding seven hits and struck out seven to pace the Seahawks to a 3-0 win. Broward took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Andres Lopez singled and scored on Juan Millan’s two-run homer. The Seahawks completed the scoring in the third after Collazo walked, advanced to third on Lopez’s single and scored after a balk was called during Millan’s plate appearance.
Broward concludes the regular season with a 30-22 overall record and 17-11 in the conference. Despite posting the same record with Palm Beach State College in the standings, the Panthers claim the conference title by virtue of winning the season series against the Seahawks four games to three.
This is the first appearance for Broward at the FCSAA tournament since 2011 and the first time under head coach Ben Bizier. The Seahawks enter the postseason with plenty of momentum having won six of the last eight games.
BROWARD RANKED 10TH IN FCSAA, HOST MIAMI DADE
THIS WEDNESDAY AND TRAVELS TO MDC THURSDAY
Broward is ranked 10th in the latest FCSAA Coaches’ Poll (April 21) dropping two spots from last week. It’s the fifth consecutive week the Seahawks are ranked in the state poll with a season-high rating of seventh on March 31.
This Wednesday at four o’clock, Broward battles Southern Conference rival Miami Dade College in the home finale at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus. Last Tuesday’s scheduled game against Miami Dade at Kendall was postponed due to inclement weather and is rescheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Seahawks enter the home-and-home series needing one win to secure a postseason berth to the FCSAA play-in by finishing third in the conference with a 16-12 record. Two victories over Miami Dade clinches a bid to the FCSAA tournament by finishing in second place with a 17-11 mark. Eastern Florida State College and Palm Beach State College own the first place tie-breaker over Broward by virtue of winning the season series by a margin of 4-3.
SALVA NAMED FCSAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yordany Salva was named FCSAA Player of the Week (April 13-18) after batting .556 (5 for 9) in three games with three doubles, one home run, three walks, three runs scored, one stolen base and seven RBI. Last Friday against Indian River State College, Salva went 3 for 5 with a two-run double and a three-run homer to lead the Seahawks to a 8-0 victory over the Pioneers at Fort Pierce.
GUERRA AND AGIS AMONG NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA pitching statistics (Apr. 21), Ryan Guerra is tied for 32nd in saves (five) and Michael Agis is 46th in strikeouts (63).
JOSEPH COLLAZO NAMED NJCAA AND FCSAA
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joseph Collazo was named NJCAA Division 1 and FCSAA Player of the Week (Feb. 16 - 22). In three games, Collazo batted .692 (9 for 13) with a double, two walks, collected six RBI, scored five runs and had two stolen bases to help Broward go 3-0 with two Southern Conference victories.
On Feb. 17, against conference rival Eastern Florida State College, Collazo had a colossal performance going 5 for 5 with a double, scored twice and finished with three RBI to lead Broward to a 16-4 victory over the Titans at Davie.
Two days later against Indian River State College, Collazo went 2 for 4 with a RBI single, walked and had one stolen base to help the Seahawks defeat the Pioneers 6-2 at Fort Pierce and improve to 3-0 in the conference. Last Friday against ASA College, Collazo contributed two RBI singles, one walk, scored three runs, and had one stolen base during a 12-1 victory over the Silver Storm at Davie.
One year after seeing thirteen of his players move on to four year schools and professional baseball, head coach Ben Bizier was hard on the recruiting trail this past summer to rebuild the Broward College baseball roster. Austin Langham, Tyler Fichter, and Alex Roberts return on the position side while Ryan Guerra, Michael Agis, Troy Massaro and redshirt freshman Orlando Rodriguez return on the mound. In addition, twelve transfers and seven freshmen will combine to form a well-balanced and talented roster to compete in the Southern Conference.
As in past seasons, the Seahawks have plenty of athletic ability in the outfield led by speedsters Tyler Fichter and Alex Roberts. Batting .301 with 19 stolen bases, Fichter was named a first team all-Conference player for the Southern Conference in 2014. Freshmen JC Millan and Alfredo Iser are two newcomers that will have an immediate impact in the outfield for the Seahawks. Transfers Elliott Gonzalez, and John Spada will also see time in the outfield as the two utility players are capable of playing multiple positions, giving the Seahawks plenty of options defensively.
In the infield, Austin Langham leads a group comprised of three transfers and two very talented freshmen. Rayden Ogando and Andres Lopez will be counted on to provide offense from the middle of the order with transfer Alvin Swoope helping set the table. Newcomers Max Balter and JoJo Collazo will play multiple positions within the infield for this year’s Seahawk team providing the staff the ability to construct a variety of infield combinations without compromising the defense. Behind the plate, switch hitting freshman Yordany Salva will share time with UCF transfer Hayden Platt.
The Seahawks boast a deep staff of veteran arms on the mound, led by Michael Agis who is listed as one of the top returning pitchers in the Gulf District. Lynn University commit Rigo Beltran along with Troy Massaro provide the Seahawks two quality arms from the left side in the starting rotation. Talented right handers Will Fabra(FIU Commit) and Donovan Armas will occupy the remaining two spots of the starting rotation.
The bullpen is led by the Gulf District’s top returning arm in Ryan Guerra (University of Miami commit). Guerra led the staff and the conference with a 1.55 earned run average in 2014. Transfers Eddie Delgado(UT-Pan American commit), Will Simpson and Ray Catena will also pitch out of the bullpen for the Seahawks along with freshman Louis Pugliese and Leonel Cespedes.
TWELVE SEAHAWKS SIGN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
Twelve Broward College graduates are continuing their collegiate careers after signing athletic scholarships to four-year institutions. These former Seahawks include pitchers Brandon Cook, Brandon Diaz, Danny Dopico, Jorge Marrero, Jaime Pozo, Alex Seibold and Chris Walkerow; infielders Carlos Garmendia and Lorenzo Papa; outfielders Justin Cummings and Sly Edwards and catcher Chucky Vazquez.
Cook, who appeared in 10 of 12 games as a reliever last season, has signed with Francis Marion (S.C.) University.
Diaz and Dopico remain teammates after each committed to Florida International University. Diaz started six of 10 games on the mound and struck out 45 batters in 33 innings. Dopico made a team-high 19 appearances—all in relief.
Marrero, a second team all-Southern Conference selection after finishing second among Seahawks in innings pitched (52.2), throwing the only complete game of the season and tying Robert Cancio for most saves with two, has committed to Florida Atlantic University.
Pozo, who appeared in 29 games as reliever during his two seasons as a Seahawk, signed with Point Park (Pa.) University.
Seibold, a second team all-conference selection after posting team-highs in starts (10), innings pitched (57.2) and tying Diaz for most strikeouts (45), has committed to Bethune Cookman University.
Walkerow, who started 20 of 23 games during his Seahawk career and this season tied Ryan Guerra for most victories with three, signed with Campbell (N.C.) University.
Garmendia, a second team all-conference selection after leading the Seahawks in runs batted in (29), doubles (16), home runs (six), total bases (81) and at bats (167), has committed to Rollins College.
Papa, who tied Garmendia for most starts (43) and topped all Seahawk fielders in defensive chances (276) and putouts (254), signed with Southern New Hampshire University.
Cummings, who tied Tyler Fichter for highest fielding percentage with a 1.000 mark, committed to University of Northeastern Ohio.
Edwards, a first team all-conference selection after topping the Seahawks in batting average (.327), runs (37) and tying Fichter in hits (49) and Alex Roberts in triples (four), signed with Charleston Southern (S.C.) University.
Vazquez, a first team all-Southern Conference selection after leading the Seahawks with a .489 slugging percentage and throwing out a team-high 12 base stealers, committed to Lipscomb (Tenn.) University.
ROBERT CANCIO SELECTED BY ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS IN MLB DRAFT
Broward College utility player Robert Cancio was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 31st round (930th selection overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft. Cancio pitched in 11 games with 10 appearances as a reliever and struck out 30 batters in 15 innings. The freshman lefthander posted two saves to tie Jorge Marrero for most on the staff. Cancio also played 10 games either at first base or as a pinch hitter.
Broward College recruit Kevin Rivera was selected in the 14th round (418th overall) by the San Francisco Giants. Rivera, a second baseman, played in the Carlos Beltran Academy in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.
SIX MEN’S BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
Broward had six players named all-Southern Conference with first team honors for outfielders Sly Edwards and Tyler Fichter along with catcher Chucky Vazquez. Second team selections included infielder Carlos Garmendia along with pitchers Jorge Marrero and Alex Seibold.
Edwards topped the Seahawks in batting average (.327), runs (37) and tied Fichter in hits (49) and Alex Roberts in triples (four). Fichter led in stolen bases (19), sacrifice flies (six), total plate appearances (198) and tied Justin Cummings for highest fielding percentage (1.000). Vazquez was first in slugging percentage (.489) and threw out a team-high 12 base stealers.
Garmendia was first in runs batted in (29), doubles (16), home runs (six), total bases (81) and at bats (167). Marrero pitched the only complete game and tied Robert Cancio in saves (two). Seibold led in starts (10), innings pitched (57.2) and tied Brandon Diaz in strikeouts (45).
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (May 5), Ryan Guerra is 18th out of 50 pitchers in earned run average (1.55). Guerra topped the Seahawks in ERA and tied Chris Walkerow in wins (three). Danny Dopico had the most appearances with 19. Jordan Jackson led in on-base percentage (.424). Austin Langham was first in hit-by-pitches (six) and the freshman infielder had a team-high 93 assists. Cummings led in sacrifice bunts (four) and Lorenzo Papa had the most putouts with 254.