TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 6, 2012) - Grant Helm's tenth-inning grand slam broke a scoreless tie and sent FCSAA No. 10 Gulf Coast State College to a 4-2 win over No. 9 Tallahassee Community College on Friday afternoon in Panhandle Conference baseball action.
Tallahassee cut Gulf Coast State's four-run lead in half in the bottom of the tenth and had the tying run at the plate but Brad Griffis got Tyler York to pop out to first to end the game.
Tallahassee (28-15) has dropped five straight to fall to 4-7 in PC play, three games back of both Gulf Coast State (29-11, 7-4) and Chipola College (27-15, 7-4), who also won in extra innings on Friday, defeating Pensacola State College, 7-6 in ten innings.
Tallahassee's Cameron Tewksbury and Gulf Coast State's Miller were dominant on Friday, as both trotted out to start the tenth inning with the score deadlocked at zero.
Through nine innings, Tewksbury allowed three hits, no walks and struck out eight while Miller allowed two hits, no walks and struck out three.
The Commodores finally got to Tewksbury in the tenth. Tyler Dial was hit by a pitch to start the tenth. Two batters later, he was thrown out at home, when he tried to score on a grounder to third baseman Trent Higginbothem. After Tewksbury hit another batter to load the bases, Coach Mike McLeod called on closer Hayden Jordan.
Helm greeted Jordan rudely, taking the right-hander's pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam.
In the bottom of the tenth, Higginbothem's sac-fly scored Anthony Torres. Graham Saiko's two-out double scored Bobby Rice.
Miller picked up the win for Gulf Coast State while Griffis earned the save. Tewksbury took the tough-luck loss for Tallahassee.
Helm, who was 2-for-4, was the only player for either team with more than one hit.
Tallahassee will try to avoid the three-game sweep when it travels to Gulf Coast State for a 2 p.m. eastern matchup on Saturday.
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