TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 6, 2012) - Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College overcame an 8-2 deficit to score a 9-8 victory and a split of Tuesday's baseball doubleheader against FCSAA No. 6 Tallahassee Community College.
Tallahassee won game one, 5-0, behind former Leon High School standout Nick Deckert, who tossed a five-hit shutout.
In game two, Tallahassee erased a 2-1 deficit by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Eagles, who sent 13 men to the plate, had only three hits in the innings but benefitted from three Grand Rapids errors.
Trent Higginbothem had the big hit in the inning - a bases-clearing double that scored Anthony Torres, Steven Brown and Bobby Rice. Higginbothem later scored on Nolan Thomas' double to give the Eagles an 8-2 lead.
Tallahassee starter Daniel VanSickle took the 8-2 lead into the fourth, but he failed to get out of the inning. Grand Rapids scored five runs, the last two coming on E.J. Grochowalski's RBI-single that scored Carlos Berroa, who plated two runs on a single earlier in the inning.
Grand Rapids completed the comeback in the sixth. After a double steal put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, Brian Portelli tripled off Tallahassee closer Hayden Jordan to score both runners and give the Raiders a 9-8 lead.
Tallahassee threatened to regain the lead in the bottom of the sixth with runners at second and third and one out, but Matt Duval struck out and Tyler York grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Mickey Portice picked up the win for Grand Rapids. Austin Stephens recorded the final five outs to notch the save.
Ethan Bornstein was charged with the loss for Tallahassee.
In the opener, Deckert needed only 85 pitches to record his first career complete-game shutout. He allowed no walks, struck out six and allowed only one Raider runner to advance past second base.
Tallahassee broke the scoreless tie with single runs in the fourth and fifth then put the game away with three runs in the sixth. Torres' two-run single finished the scoring and gave the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
Tallahassee managed only five hits, two from Torres and Higginbothem and one from Graham Saiko.
Tallahassee (16-8), who has won two of the first three games in the five-game series, will go for the series victory on Wednesday when the teams play another doubleheader. Game one begins at 2 p.m.
Live stats will be available at www.TCCeagles.com.