TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 6, 2012) - Kelly Engwall's sacrifice-fly scored Amanda Ake from third base with the winning run to give NJCAA No. 3/FCSAA No. 1 Tallahassee Community College a 3-2, 11-inning victory over Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.
Tallahassee won game one, 8-0, and is riding a nine-game winning streak for the second time this season. The Eagles have won 18 of their last 19 overall and are 20-4 heading into Thursday's showdown with nationally-ranked Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Community College.
Pitching was the story in game two as Tallahassee's Ally Ledenham and Faulkner State's Makenzie Coulter held both teams' offensein check. Ledenham got a no-decision, but not before pitching nine innings. She allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked three and struck out eight.
Coulter went the distance in defeat for Faulkner State, tossing 10.2 innings. She allowed only seven hits and didn't walk a batter.
The game went to extra innings tied at 1-all, at which time the international tie breaker went into effect. After the teams traded runs in the eighth inning, both sides missed out on scoring opportunities in both the ninth and tenth innings.
In the top of the ninth, Faulkner State's Heather McQuirk attempted to score from third on a grounder to first baseman Dallas Towns, but Towns' throw was on the money and Engwall applied the tag for the out. An inning later, the Sun Chiefs had the go-ahead run on third with only one out but Kristyn Barry, who replaced Lendenham in the tenth, retired the next two batters to get out of trouble.
Tallahassee had runners at first and second and nobody out in the ninth but couldn't push the winning run across. In the tenth, the Eagles were unable to convert on either of two at-bats with the winning run at third base.
After Barry set down the Sun Chiefs in order in the eleventh, Tallahassee needed only two batters to produce the winning run. Towns sucessfully bunted Ake to third base, setting the stage for Engwall, whose walk-off sac-fly came with one out.
Barry pitched the final two innings to earn the victory for Tallahassee.
Alexis Anderson was 3-for-5, including the game-tying single in the bottom of the eighth. Devin Kochergen was 2-for-3.
Barry also got the win in the opener, tossing a one-hitter in Tallahassee's 8-0, five-inning victory.
Ake put Tallahassee on the board in the first with a two-run home run. The Eagles batted around in the third, scoring five runs on six hits, capped by Bianca Gutierrez' two-run double.
Jessica Cavallero's one-out double in the fifth scored Jessica Whitlock from second to end the game via the mercy rule.
Ake went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in two.
Thursday's doubleheader against NJCAA No. 11 Chattanooga State begins at 1 p.m. Live stats and a live, in-game blog will be available at www.TCCeagles.com.