TFC’s baseball team traveled to Florida for a five game road trip on March 6-9. The trip included two games at Clearwater Christian College and three games at #2 Florida Christian College. Propelled by Dylan Charles’ no hitter in the opening game, the top ranked Eagles completed the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record against the two conference opponents.
The road trip began with two games at Clearwater Christian College. TFC won both games, winning 5 – 0 and 10 – 5. In the first game at CCC, TFC’s Dylan Charles threw his second collegiate no hitter and first complete game shut out. Charles silenced the Cougars bats, and threw 7 innings with 6 strikeouts, a walk, no runs, and no hits allowed. Offensively, Jonah Crenshaw went 2-3 with a triple, a run batted in, and a run scored. Adam Reynolds went 1-3 with two RBI’s in the 5-0 win.
TFC won the second game against Clearwater, 10 – 5 in extra innings. Leading 4-2 in the final inning, TFC allowed Clearwater to tie the game at 4-4. With one out in the bottom of the 7th inning, Clearwater had the winning run at third base and attempted a suicide squeeze. The Eagles executed a perfectly timed pitch-out, and sent the game into extra innings by tagging the would-be winning run. In the top of the 8th inning the Eagles plated five runs and won, 10-5. Micah Ellington started the game on the mound for the Eagles, and threw 6 solid innings with four strikeouts, and two earned runs allowed. Jacob Martin pitched the last two innings in relief and earned the win for the Eagles. At the plate TFC’s Josh Ward, Corey Warner, and Zack Warner had three hits apiece. Will Patrick and Jordan Couillard both drove in two runs for the Eagles.
In a battle of the nation’s number one and number two ranked teams, the #1 Eagles traveled to the #2 Florida Christian College for a three game series. TFC took the opening game 10-1 behind a dominating pitching performance from Brenton Ruark. Ruark went 6.2 innings and allowed one run, two hits, and 7 strikeouts with 6 walks. Zack Warner went 1-2 at the plate with a double, a RBI, and a run scored. Corey Warner was 2-3 with three runs batted in.
The Eagles won game two at FCC, 7-4. Josh Hill started for TFC and handed the ball to Zach Breedan in relief. Breedan earned the win for the Eagles by going two and two-thirds innings without allowing a run. Freshman AJ Mussler earned his second career save with two innings, three strikeouts, no hits, no runs, and a walk. Justin Key led the Eagles offensively and went 3-4 with a run and a RBI. Corey Warner had two hits and two RBI’s, and catcher Adam Reynolds had a double and two RBI’s.
The Eagles completed the sweep of FCC with a 14-5 victory in the final game of the series. The Eagles had a team average over .500 with 16 hits and 28 runners on base. Zack Warner went 4-5 with three runs, four RBI’s, a triple, and a double. Jonah Crenshaw was a perfect 3-3 with two runs, two RBI’s, and a double. Freshman Josh Frye was 2-2 with an RBI. Justin Key started the game on the mound for TFC and went four innings and allowed two hits and a run with a strikeout and no walks. Brady McMichael earned a three inning save in relief.
TFC is now 13-7 on the year and have won 11 of their last 13 games. The Eagles will host Reinhardt College on Wednesday, March 13 for a doubleheader starting at 1:00.