Panama City, FL - Tallahassee Community College used a 16-hit attack to down Gulf Coast State College on Sunday afternoon, 11-2, in the Eagles' Panhandle Conference finale.
Tallahassee finished the PC schedule with a 16-4 record and is now 42-8 overall. The Eagles will close the regular season with a three-game set against Pasco-Hernando Community College, beginning Friday at Eagle Field.
For Gulf Coast State, the loss, coupled with Chipola College's victory over Pensacola State College on Sunday, pushed the Commodores into third place in the league standings and on the brink of elimination heading into a two-game set with the Indians.
Gulf Coast State (9-9 PC) travels to Chipola (10-8) on Monday; the teams will end the regular season in Panama City on Wednesday. Because Sunday's outcomes erased the possibility of a tie and subsequent one-game playoff, Chipola will finish second and claim the PC's second postseason berth with a win in either game. Gulf Coast State will punch its ticket to the postseason by winning both games.
After the Commodores' Joey McCarthy and Brendan Leach limited the Eagles to four hits on Saturday, Tallahassee wasted no time making noise on Sunday, scoring three runs in the first against Brett Maggard.
Anthony Torres led off the game with a single to center, the first of his four hits on the day. Three batters later, he came home on Trent Higginbothem's fielder's choice. Later in the inning, Tyler York, who also had four hits, singled home Chad Mabini and Higginbothem scored on Cody Borup's two-out hit.
The Eagles added runs in the second, third and sixth innings to double their lead to 6-0. Meanwhile, starter Taylor Wright, who pitched the first three innings, and relievers Ryan Deckert and Nick Baker shut out the Commodores through five innings.
Tevin Johnson broke up the shutout bid with a two-run homer in the sixth off Eric Russell to get Gulf Coast State within striking distance. Bradley Robbins recorded the final two outs of the inning then the Eagles squelched any hopes of a comeback with five runs in the seventh.
With two runs already in, Matt Bahnick blasted a three-run homer to left, scoring Borup and James Abbatinozzi, to give the Eagles an 11-2 lead.
Victor Cole pitched a scoreless seventh to end the game via the mercy rule.
Torres and York both went 4-for-4 while Mabini, Borup, and Abbatinozzi each went 2-for-4.
Deckert, the second of six pitchers used on Sunday, picked up the win in relief for Tallahassee.