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Tallahassee vs. Pensacola State Statistical Comparison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 11, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College's baseball team finished its non-conference schedule with 26 wins in 32 games. The Eagles spent four weeks as the number one team in the NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Coaches' Poll and are currently No. 3. 

Yet, when Tallahassee hosts Pensacola State College at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Panhandle Conference opener, the only numbers that really matter are 0-0. That's the starting point for the Eagles, Pirates and three other league foes as the 20-game sprint to a postseason berth commences. 

The top two teams will earn automatic berths to May's NJCAA Gulf District/FCSAA State Baseball tournament in Lakeland, Fla., while the third-place finisher will meet its counterpart from the Suncoast Conference in a one-game playoff for the right to advance to the 10-team tournament. 

Many believe the 2016 conference race could be as balanced as ever. To date, the numbers are there to back up the sentiment. 

Four teams – Tallahassee (26-6), Chipola College (21-8), Gulf Coast State College (23-4) and defending national champion Northwest Florida State College (23-4) – have already surpassed the 20-win plateau. All four are ranked in the top seven of the latest Region 8 Baseball Coaches' Poll – in addition to third-ranked Tallahassee, Northwest Florida State is tied for No. 1, Gulf Coast State is No. 6 and Chipola, No. 7. 

At 16-12 overall, Pensacola State, winners of eight straight and nine of its last ten, enters conference play as one of the hottest teams, not just in the Panhandle, but the state of Florida. Only Santa Fe College, winners of 15 straight, and Gulf Coast State, winners of 11 in a row, own longer unbeaten streaks. 

Tallahassee won its last five non-conference games, culminating with Thursday's 15-3 blowout at Andrew (Ga.) College, snapping a three-game losing streak in true road games. Now the Eagles return to the friendly confines of Eagle Field, where they have posted a 20-3 record and get two visits from Pensacola State during the opening three-game series. 

The teams will play in Pensacola at 5 p.m. eastern Monday and back in Tallahassee at 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

Saturday and Wednesday's games can be seen live online at