Eagles Eliminate Gulf Coast State in Season Finale

By: TCC Sports Communications
By: TCC Sports Communications

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 26, 2012) - Cameron Tewksbury allowed one run in 7.1 innings and his Tallahassee Community College teammates did just enough offensively to claim a 4-1 win over Gulf Coast State College on Thursday evening in Panhandle Conference baseball action.

Tallahassee's victory eliminated Gulf Coast State from postseason contention and enabled Northwest Florida State College to claim the PC's No. 2 seed in next week's FCSAA Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.

As a result, Tallahassee and Gulf Coast State agreed to cancel Friday's scheduled game in Panama City, thus ending the Eagles' 2012 season with a record of 32-19 and a fourth-place finish in the PC standings at 8-11. Gulf Coast State (32-16) ended the league schedule with a 10-9 record.

Tewksbury was again masterful against Gulf Coast State. On April 5, he took a shutout into the tenth inning against the Commodores, but eventually ended up with the loss. On Thursday, Tallahassee manufactured runs in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Tewksbury and closer Hayden Jordan did the rest.

Trailing 2-0, Gulf Coast State threatened in the sixth. A leadoff walk and a one-out double put runners at second and third with one out but Tewksbury struck out Hoke Granger and got Tyler Dial to pop up to short to end the inning.

After Tallahassee scored in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead, the Commodores got on the board in the seventh and had the tying runs on base but Tewksbury got Kevin Husum to ground out to second to end the scoring threat.

The Eagles got the run back in their half of the seventh, courtesy of Tyler York's RBI-single, to take a 4-1 lead.

Gulf Coast State threatened again in the eighth. Granger's one-out double followed by a walk to Dial brought the tying run to the plate and ended Tewksbury's night. Jordan got out of trouble when Trevin Hall lined to shortstop Graham Saiko, who stepped on the bag at second to complete the unassisted double play.

Tewksbury improved to 5-5 with the win while Jordan picked up his sixth save.

Tallahassee got on the board in the second when Matt Heckroth doubled home Trent Higginbothem. In the fifth, Nick Graganella's bloop single scored Heckroth for the Eagles' second run of the game. Graganella, who was 2-for-4, drove in his second run of the game an inning later with a single to right.

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