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Baseball: Boriboun leads Osceola into Northeast tournament final vs. Lakewood

ST. PETERSBURG — Mike Boriboun was a star on the mound and at the plate as Osceola beat Winter Park 2-0 Tuesday in the semifinals of the Northeast Invitational.

Boriboun had already done plenty on the mound, holding Winter Park scoreless through five innings in the semifinals of the Northeast Invitational when the left-hander took things into his own hands at the plate. The 5-foot-9 senior hit his first career home run with a two-run shot in the fifth inning, and he was just as crafty on the hill with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.

"I knew the game might get into one of those situations where both teams battle back and forth and before you know it, the game's in extra innings and who knows what could happen then," Boriboun said. "I just wanted to get on and move the runner over."

The Warriors (14-2) move on to the final today at Northeast where they will face Lakewood, a 6-3 winner over Indian Rocks Christian.

Lakewood (7-8) earned its fourth come-from-behind victory of the season when Jeremy Brown ripped a double to deep rightfield in the eighth inning to score two runs. He scored on a single by Mike Ferrandiz to give the Spartans a 6-3 lead, and sophomore CC Copeland tossed a perfect inning to end the game.

"We needed that win a lot," said Brown, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. "We're a legitimate competitor, and we need games like this to boost our confidence. We have to string some wins together and we're capable of doing things down the stretch."

Copeland came on in relief in the third and allowed four hits over five scoreless innings for the win.

In an earlier consolation game, Mike LaGrange allowed one run and three hits over seven innings as Largo (7-10) pulled off a mini-upset against Clearwater (9-8) with a 3-1 victory.

Baseball: Boriboun leads Osceola into Northeast tournament final vs. Lakewood 03/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:58pm]
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