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Sports Recap 2/3 – 2/9
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TFC baseball traveled to Bryan College on February 4 and Southern Wesleyan for three games on February 8 – 9. Against the two N.A.I.A. teams TFC went 2 – 2, capped by sweeping Saturday’s double header at Southern Wesleyan University. First, the Eagles traveled to Bryan College to make up the previously postponed double header. In the one-game make up, TFC fell 8 – 6. The Eagles finished the week with a three game series at South Wesleyan University. After dropping the opening game 13 – 3, TFC rebounded on Saturday to sweep the double header 7 – 2 and 4 – 1.

In the wins against Southern Wesleyan, TFC got quality pitching from starters Brenton Ruark and Justin Key. In game one of Saturday’s double header, Ruark (1 – 1, 4.50 ERA) earned the win by pitching five innings with four strikeouts and two earned runs. After Ruark allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jacob Martin came on in relief for the final six outs. Game two starter Justin Key played centerfield in the opening game and went 2 – 4 from the plate with an RBI triple, his first home run of the year, and three total RBI’s. 1B Ronnie Stewart went 2 -4 and scored two runs for the Eagles.

Justin Key (1 – 0, 1.29 ERA) got the start from the mound in game two and threw a complete game, 7 innings with 7 strikeouts, five hits, and a single earned run. Offensively, TFC’s designated hitter Zack Warner went 2 – 3 with a double and two RBI’s. Jonah Crenshaw also went 2 – 3 and a run scored for the Eagles.

The Eagles will travel to Truett McConnell College on Tuesday, February 12 before visiting Reinhardt College for a three game series on February 15 – 16.

Basketball Women:

TFC Lady Eagles hosted Johnson University on February 9. The Lady Eagles struggled  from the field and lost 49 – 60.

The Lady Eagles fell behind early against Johnson as the visitors made 15 of 17 free throws in the first half while the Lady Eagles did not attempt a single free throw. That advantage from the line helped Johnson open a 37 – 23 lead at the half. Despite out playing Johnson for the majority of the second half, the Lady Eagles were unable to overcome the first half deficit. In the second half TFC outscored Johnson 32 – 30, but fell by 11. Johnson out shot the Lady Eagles from the free throw line on the game, converting 28 of 33 attempts compared to TFC’s 5 of 6 from the line.

The game against Johnson was Senior Night for two Lady Eagles.  Kaitlyn Antonioli had a season high  9 points on Senior Night, and Angela Little started for the Lady Eagles but left the game with a leg injury. Cassidy Lang scored 22 points in the loss.  Kim Crapse grabbed a game high 15 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Warren Wilson College and Georgia Northwestern Tech on February 12 and 15, respectively. The final home game will be on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 against Covenant College.

Basketball Men:

TFC men’s basketball team hosted region opponent Trinity College of Florida on Friday, February 8. The Eagles outplayed Trinity in all facets of the game and won 98 – 67.

The Eagles jumped to an early lead over Trinity by creating turnovers and out shooting Trinity 35% – 11% from three point range in the first half. At the half, the Eagles had built a commanding 48 – 35 lead. TFC shot 20 – 36 (55%) from the field in the second half to put the game out of reach for the visiting Tigers.

TFC’s Josh Johnson led the Eagles with a career high 22 points. Josh Barrett had 17 points and 9 assists, and Derek Westfall and Freddie Harrell each added 14 points for the Eagles. Michael Coffey scored 31 points for Trinity in the loss.

TFC also welcomed Johnson University on February 9 for a non-conference game and won 76 – 57. The Eagles have won 5 of their last 8 games including a three game win streak.

TFC feed the ball to forward Derek Westfall early and often to build a quick, double-digit lead on Johnson. Additionally in the first half, TFC out shot Johnson 42% – 14% from behind the arc. TFC parlayed Westfall’s inside presence and the team’s accurate shooting into a 44 – 27 half time lead. The Eagles kept the large margin in the second half and pulled away for the 76 – 57 win. On the night, the Eagles shot 83% from the free throw line, and won the turnover battle 18 – 10. “It’s great to get three wins in a row,” Coach Mehl reflected. “I hope we can carry this momentum into a tough last week and then into the conference tournament.”

Individually, Derek Westfall finished with a season high 29 points and 10 rebounds with 14 – 18 from the field. Josh Barrett added 20 points on 4 – 8 three point shooting for the Eagles.

TFC will travel to Piedmont International University and Warren Wilson College on February 11 and 12, respectively. The Eagles return home to host North Greenville University on February 14 at 7:00. The final home game of the year will be on February 16 at 4:00 as TFC hosts Johnson and Wales University.