Matt Cooper allowed one hit in six innings on Monday
Matt Cooper allowed one hit in six innings on Monday

TCC rides arms to sweep of Grand Rapids

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 2, 2020) – Tallahassee Community College's baseball team swept Monday's doubleheader from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, winning by the scores of 3-2 and 4-1. 

The Eagles are now 14-8 on the season. 

Both games followed a similar script for Tallahassee – solid pitching and timely hitting. 

In the opener, Matt Cooper (2-0) allowed only one hit and struck out seven through six innings. The Eagles gave him all the offense needed with a three-urn third, highlighted by Orlando Adams' two-run homer. 

Leighton Alley recorded the final three outs for his second save, although a couple of defensive errors, combined with a two hits, allowed the Raiders to score twice and load the bases before a ground out to second ended the game. 

Andrew Fernandez was 2-for-2. Adams was 1-for-2 with the 2-run homer. 

In the nightcap, Jude Ard (3-2) struck out seven and allowed only four hits in five innings. He moved into position for the win when Tallahassee broke a 1-all tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, all with two outs. 

A two-run triple by Fernandez scored Connor Rakow and Spencer Hanson. Adams followed with a double to bring home Fernandez and give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. 

Nolan Daniel recorded the final six outs, four by way of strikeout, for his fourth save. 

Weather permitting, the Eagles will host Thomas University's JV squad for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday as head coach Mike McLeod goes for career wins Nos. 999 and 1000.