Marchese throws no-hitter as Eagles improve to 16-3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 22, 2016) – Freshman Nick Marchese threw a no-hitter, leading Region 8 No. 1 Tallahassee Community College to a 13-0 win over Thomas (Ga.) University's JV squad in game one of Monday's doubleheader at Eagle Field.
Marchese was the story in the opener.
The right-hander needed a mere 55 pitches to record the five-inning no-hitter. A leadoff walk to Keefer Beaty in the fourth was Thomas' only base runner, and he was promptly retired on a 5-4-3 double play.
Marchese struck out five, including Stephen Kirkland to end the game and sew up the no-no.
Tallahassee batted around and scored five runs in each of the first two innings, giving Marchese more than enough run support.
Josh Nothdorft's two-run single got the Eagles on the board. An RBI-single from Deyvid Silva made it 3-0 Tallahassee, and Mac Wilson completed the first-inning scoring with a single that drove in Kyle Cavanaugh and Silva.
Ethan Crout and Myron Mebane rapped back-to-back doubles to start the second, accounting for the first run of the frame. Mebane advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home when catcher Jake Webb's throw sailed over the third baseman's head into left field.
Tallahassee eventually strung together six hits in the second, the last a triple by Silva to score Cavanaugh and give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.
Bret Maxwell's three-run homer in the fourth completed the game one scoring.
Silva finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Cavanaugh was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Nothdorft was 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in two.
The Tallahassee offense managed only five hits in the nightcap, but it was still enough as the Eagles came out on top, 4-0.
Cavanaugh's first-inning double scored Tyler Kinard and Nothdorft for the first runs of the game.
Meanwhile, Nicoll and Chappell were working on a combined shutout.
Nicoll (1-0) went the first four innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out five. He induced a pair of double plays – one in the first, another in the third – to work his way out of minor trouble.
Chappell came on in the fifth and promptly tossed three scoreless innings to record the save, his second.
Cavanaugh was 1-for-3 with two RBIS.
Tallahassee will host South Georgia State College at 4 p.m. Tuesday.