Toccoa Falls College’s baseball team traveled to nearby Cleveland, Georgia, on March 22 to face the Truett – McConnell College Bears. The nation’s top ranked TFC Eagles swept the doubleheader 10 – 0 and 15 – 3.
The Eagles were nearly perfect in every facet in the first game of the doubleheader. Offensively, TFC had a team batting average of.500, and starting pitcher Dylan Charles continued his scoreless innings streak. Leading 2 – 0 with two outs in the top of the fourth inning, TFC’s Adam Reynolds broke the game open with a two run homer to left; his first of the season. The Eagles would add one run in the fifth, and put the game out of reach with a four run sixth inning. After adding one run in the seventh, the Eagles took the opening game 10 – 0.
Game one starting pitching Dylan Charles last allowed an earned run to be scored on February 21 in a 6 – 5 loss to Point University. Since that loss, Charles has thrown a no-hitter and two consecutive complete game shutouts. Charles extended his scoreless inning streak to 27 innings with a shutdown performance against the Bears. Charles earned his fourth win of the season and threw 6 innings, allowed four hits, no runs, four walks, and struck out 8.
Offensively, Reynolds finished game one 2- 4 with a home run and two runs batted in. Jordan Couillard was also 2 – 4 and drove in three runs. Zack Warner was 3 – 4 with 2 doubles, and Will Patrick had three hits, a double and two runs scored.
In the second game, TFC used big offensive innings to pull away from the Bears, 15 – 3. The Eagles would score five runs in the third, four in the fifth inning, one in the sixth, and five in the seventh inning. First baseman Ronnie Stewart led the Eagles with a perfect 4 -4 effort with a run scored and three RBI’s. After homering in game one, Adam Reynolds went 3 – 3 with two RBI’s in game two. Jordan Couillard was again 2 – 4 with two doubles, three RBI’s, and a stolen base. Josh Ward also had three RBI’s for the Eagles.
Pitcher Micah Ellington earned the win in game two. Ellington threw four innings, allowed three hits, three earned runs, four walks, and a strike out. Ellington improved to 2 – 0 on the year. Brady McMichael and Josh Ward finished the game for the Eagles and combined to allow zero runs over the final three innings.
The two wins over Truett – McConnell improved the Eagles season record to 17 – 7. TFC has now won 15 of their last 17 games. TFC will travel to Georgia Gwinnett College on Wednesday, March 27 for a doubleheader. On Saturday, March 30 the top ranked Eagles will welcome #2 Florida Christian College to town for a crucial conference doubleheader. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00 and 3:00.