by Jason Mehl, Director of Sports Information
The TFC baseball team (6-6-1) had a productive week against two NAIA colleges, Truett McConnell and Point University.
On Feb. 21 TFC traveled to Cleveland, Georgia for a doubleheader, winning game one 5-1 and ending game two in a 1-1 tie. TFC scored in the 3rd inning to go up 1-0, Truett tied the game in the 5th, but TFC scored once again in the 6th and then scored three more in the 7th helped by two fielding errors. Micah Ellington recorded the win for the Eagles with five innings of relief. Josh Ward and Adam Reynolds each had two hits. The win was TFC’s first ever in Cleveland.
Game two of the doubleheader was tied 1-1 after Truett scored one run in the 5th. After the 9th inning, the coaches of both teams agreed to play one more inning and that they would end in a tie if neither team scored. In the bottom of the 10th Truett had loaded the bases with one out against Nate Bowen, TFC’s fourth pitcher of the day pitching in his third inning. Bowen struck out the next two batters and the game was called due to darkness. In addition to the clutch pitching of Bowen, TFC Head Coach Justin Pollock praised the pitching and defense of his entire team.
On Feb. 25 TFC travelled to East Point, Georgia to take on rivals Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College). Point, in their first year as an NAIA program, had won five of their last six games before TFC came in and beat them 8-1 and 14-4.
Game one was owned by TFC pitcher Dylan Charles who pitched a complete seven-inning game giving up just one run on three hits while striking out six batters and walking three. TFC scored two runs in the 1st inning, three in the 3rd and three more in the 5th before Point scored their first and only run in the bottom of the inning. Point committed five errors in the game. Justin Couillard and Cory Warner were 2-3, each with a double and an RBI. Cory Klassen was 2-4 with 2 RBI.
In game two TFC, helped by five more errors, turned 15 hits into 14 runs while holding Point to 8 hits and 4 runs. The Eagles manufactured three runs in the 1st inning, got three more in the 4th off a three-run homer by Cory Warner, walked-in a run in the 5th, scored two more in the 6th on a two-run homer by Tyrone Dawson, then scored five more in the top of the 7th. Cam Fulcher pitched four innings for the Eagles and gave up just one run and recorded the win. Offensively, Josh Ward, who started several rallies, was 4-6 for the game. Andrew Thorne and Tyrone Dawson were both 3-4 with 2 RBI each.
The Eagles host Emmanuel College at 2:00 on Feb. 28 and a double-header with Covenant College starting at 1:00 on March 3.