NCCAA Division 2’s top ranked Toccoa Falls College Eagles (19 – 9) hosted the second ranked Florida Christian College Suns for a doubleheader on March 30. TFC topped FCC in game one 12 – 2, but the Eagles were defeated 6 – 9 in game two. With the doubleheader split, the Eagles took four of the five regular season games against FCC.
In game one Toccoa Falls plated three runs in the first, two in the second, and three more in the third to jump to an 8 – 2 lead. The Eagles would add three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 12 – 2 win. Starting pitcher Dylan Charles earned the win for the Eagles with 6 innings, 6 hits, two earned runs, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. FCC’s two runs in the game were Charles’ first earned runs allowed in his previous 27 innings. Reliever Jacob Martin pitched a scoreless seventh to finish the game for the Eagles.
Offensively, the Eagles’ 31 official at-bats combined for 16 hits with zero strikeouts. The one through six hitters in the Eagles’ lineup combined to go 14 – 24 with 11 runs scored. The Eagles offensive outburst was led by leadoff man Justin Key’s 3 – 5, a double, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. Jordan Couillard and Corey Warner also had three hits apiece. Josh Ward, Zack Warner, and Couillard each scored two runs in the win. Zack Warner drove in three runs and Will Patrick added two RBI’s.
In game two of the doubleheader, Florida Christian jumped to a 4 – 0 in the first and plated two more in the second to take a 6 – 0 lead. TFC battled back with 6 runs in the bottom of the second inning. Both pitching staffs settled in, and the game remained tied at 6 – 6 until the Suns pushed three runners home in the sixth inning. The Eagles were unable to answer and fell 9 – 6. Josh Ward went 2 – 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Justin Key drove in two runs and scored a run. Starting pitcher Brenton Ruark lasted an inning and a third and allowed four hits, 6 earned runs, two walks, and a strikeout. Reliever Justin Martin took the loss with four innings, two earned runs, and two walks.
TFC will host Emmanuel College on April 2 at 3:00, and travel to Georgia College on April 3. The Eagles will return home to host Covenant College on April 6 for a doubleheader, beginning at 1:00.