TFC baseball (21 – 12) hosted Georgia Gwinnett (25 – 17) on April 9th for the final game of a three game, non-conference season series. The Eagles topped the visiting Grizzlies 19 – 7 in a late inning offensive explosion and won the season series two games to one.
The Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies (NAIA) jumped to an early 3 – 0 by scoring one run in the first and two more in the second off starting pitcher Brenton Ruark. The Eagles answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 3 – 3. The game was tied at 4 – 4 after each team added a run in the third inning. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Eagles took a 7 – 4 lead in the fifth, only to have Georgia Gwinnett re-tie the game at 7 – 7 with three runs in the top of the sixth. The Eagles would hold the Grizzlies scoreless over the final three innings and add 6 runs in the 6th and three runs in both the 7th and 8th innings to take the game 19 – 7.
The Eagles pounded out 23 hits with each starter getting at least one hit. Josh Hill lead the Eagles with four hits in 6 plate appearances, four runs, three runs batted in, a double, and his second home run of the season. Justin Key went 3 – 4 with four runs, three RBI’s, a stolen base, a double, and his third home run of the season. Josh Ward was 2 – 6 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Corey Warner, Jordan Couillard, and Ronnie Stewart each had three hits for the Eagles. Georgia Gwinnett’s Robbie Payne led the Grizzlies with 3 – 5, two runs, two RBI’s, a double, and a home run.
After Brenton Ruark started the game for the Eagles, Jacob Martin enter in relief and threw four and a third innings and allowed 9 hits, four runs, and three walks. Jackson Warnock earned his first win for the Eagles. Warnock pitched the last three and a third innings and allowed three hits, two walks, three strikeouts, and no runs allowed.
The Eagles will host conference rivals Clearwater Christian College in a three game series starting on Friday, April 12 at 3:00. Saturday’s doubleheader against the Cougars will begin at 1:00.
Photo Credit: Denise Pritchett