#TCCBaseball knocks off Chatt Valley to take series
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 28, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College took the rubber game of its three-game weekend series with Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College, defeating the Pirates 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.
The Eagles (19-4), ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Coaches' Poll, not only won the weekend series but finished with four wins in five tries this season against the NJCAA No. 5 Pirates (8-6-1). Tallahassee knocked off Chatt Valley on January 29 and 30 at the First Pitch Classic in Panama City, Fla.
On Sunday, Tallahassee pounded out 14 hits and had opportunities to do even more damage, stranding 13 base runners. But seven runs were more than enough, thanks largely to the performance of starting pitcher Skylar Arias.
Arias (2-0) scattered eight hits over seven innings and, whenever the Pirates threatened, came up with the big out. With two on and two outs in the second, he struck out Brandon Hill. An inning later, he induced an inning-ending fly out with two runners on.
In the top of the sixth and with two runners in scoring position, he struck out Jayson Cook to end the inning, one of eight strikeouts on the afternoon. And on his 114th and final pitch, he induced a 5-4-3 double play to end the seventh and maintain the Eagles' 5-1 lead.
Tallahassee promptly put the game away in the bottom of the seventh when Bret Maxwell drilled a two-run homer over the left field wall.
Brooks Buckler pitched the final two innings and, with two strikeouts, gave the Eagles their eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.
Tallahassee got on the board in the second when Kyle Cavanaugh lined a leadoff home run to left field. Cavanaugh singled in his second run of the day in the third, and Mac Wilson added an RBI-single later in the inning, but Tallahassee left the bases load with just the two runs in.
The Eagles scored two more in fourth and had the bases loaded with just one out but a double-play ended the inning.
Tallahassee, who finished 10-3 on its 13-game home stand, will return to play on Tuesday at South Georgia State College. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.