by Jason Mehl
Director of Sports Information
The Toccoa Falls College baseball team (25-14-1) came from behind to win both games of a doubleheader at Berry College and extend its winning streak to 10 games. The Eagles traveled to Rome, Georgia and won the first game 8-5 and the second 11-10 in extra innings.
Game one started off on a scary note. TFC’s third batter, Andrew Thorne, was hit in the face by a pitch and suffered six fractures. Thorne was rushed to the hospital and is recovering from the injury but his status for upcoming games remains uncertain. TFC scored on Corey Warner’s RBI singles in the 2nd and 4th, but Berry scored five runs (three of them earned) in four innings off TFC starting pitcher Micah Ellington. The Eagles trailed 5-2 until they took advantage of sloppy defense and scratched together five runs in the top of the 5th inning off two hits, a walk, an error and one hit batter. Ellington kept Berry off the board for the 5th and 6th innings and got the win. Nate Bowen came on in the 7th and got three ground-outs for his 8th save of the season. Warner was 2-4 on the day with two RBI and Jordan Couillard was 2-3 with a double, an RBI and a runs scored.
TFC starter Dylan Charles held Berry scoreless for the first three innings of game two, but Berry scored five runs (two of them earned) in the 4th inning helped by four TFC errors. Berry scored three more in the fifth and looked to be in control heading into the 7th and final inning with an 8-4 lead. But TFC scored six runs in the top of the 7th inning off two Berry pitchers before an out was recorded. Tyrone Dawson walked to lead off the inning. Josh Ward singled to right. Then Cam Fulcher scored Dawson with a single up the middle and moved Ward to third. Couillard then doubled down the right field line, driving in Ward and Zach Warner. Corey Warner capped off the barrage with a three-run blast that scored Fulcher and Couillard and TFC led 10-8. In the bottom of the inning, Berry scored two runs off TFC’s Nick Boutwell who relieved Charles in the 6th to tie the game at 10-10. Ward walked to lead off the 8th inning. Zach Warner moved him to third with a single, and Fulcher drove him home with a base hit to left. Berry then pitched out of the inning, but the damage was done and Boutwell recorded three uneventful outs in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win. Zach Warner was 4-4 in game two. Ward was 3-4 with three runs scored, and Fulcher and Couillard were 2-4 with 3RBI each.
TFC Head Coach Justin Pollock said the wins were, “two of the most satisfying wins I’ve been a part of.” The games were the last two of Berry’s season and they came into the weekend at 18-19, hoping to preserve a streak of 20-win seasons for 15-year Head Coach David Beasley.
TFC hosts Truett McConnell College on April 24 at 3:00, then the conference tournament which begins April 26.