The baseball team at Toccoa Falls College (20 – 12) hosted the Covenant College Scots (22 – 6) for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Eagles took game one 6 – 3 but dropped game two 2 – 4 to their NCAA Division III opponent.
Covenant opened the scoring in the second inning of game one with a solo home run from Perry Rigby and a two run shot from Chris Rollins off TFC’s pitcher Dylan Charles. The Eagles would answer with one run in their half of the second inning and five more runs in the third to take a 6 – 3 lead. Though both offenses continued to scatter hits and place runners on base, neither side could push across additional runs.
Charles threw 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, three earned runs, two walks, and three strikeouts in the win. Charles’ win was his nation-leading 6th win of the season. Jacob Martin pitched a scoreless 7th inning for his second save of the year. Garrett Kriston took the loss for Covenant.
As part of the five run third inning, designated hitter Zach Warner hit a two run home run for the Eagles, his first of the season. TFC’s Justin Key scored twice and stole a base. Also scoring for the Eagles were Ronnie Stewart, Corey Warner, and AJ Mussler. Mussler and Adam Reynolds each had two RBI’s.
In game two, Justin Key put the Eagles ahead 1 – 0 with a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning. The Eagles lead would be short lived as the Scots answered with four runs, two earned, in the top of the fifth. The Eagles closed the gap to 4 – 2 in the bottom of the fifth, but were unable to close the deficit any further.
Starting pitcher Zach Breeden took the loss for the Eagles, but pitched well in four innings, allowed two hits, three runs, one earned run, no walks, and three strikeouts. Reliever Micah Ellington threw three innings with two hits allowed, one earned run, and a walk. Covenant’s Keith Rice earned the win and reliever Sterling Witt pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the save.
At the plate, TFC’s Ronnie Stewart was 2 – 4 with a double and a RBI. Adam Reynolds was 1 – 3 with a run scored. Key finished 1 -3 with a home run, his second of the season.
The Eagles will host Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday at 3:00 before hosting rivals Clearwater Christian College for a three game weekend series. Friday’s game with Clearwater will begin at 3:00, and Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 1:00.