TCC Baseball Closes Series with DH Sweep of Grand Rapids

By: TCC Sports Communications
By: TCC Sports Communications

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 7, 2012) – Anthony Torres’ walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh gave FCSAA No. 6 Tallahassee Community College a 6-5 win over Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Eagle Field. It also completed a sweep of the twinbill for the Eagles, who won game one by a 10-2 score.

Tallahassee (18-8) took four of five games in its series against Grand Rapids.

In game two, Grand Rapids scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at five. Steve Ayala and Kyle Orlowski led off the inning with consecutive singles. Both runners later scored – Ayala on a sac-fly by Jared Orban; Orlowski on a two-out single by Christian Lienesch. The latter came off Tallahassee closer Hayden Jordan, who blew the save opportunity but became the winning pitcher a half inning later.

The Eagles’ game-winning rally began with a leadoff single from Matt Duval, who moved into scoring position on a one-out single by Hunter Jones.

One batter later, Torres singled up the middle off Grand Rapids’ Anthony Alarcon to score Duval from second with the winning run.

Tallahassee answered Grand Rapids on more than one occasion in game two.

After the Raiders scored two runs in their first at-bat against Tallahassee starter Jared Romero, the Eagles tied the game in the bottom half.

Nick Graganella, who led off the inning with a single, scored on Bobby Rice’s hit. Rice scored the tying run on a double by Graham Saiko.

Tallahassee tacked on two more runs in the second – Graganella singled home James Abbatinozzi and Torres came home on Steven Brown’s sacrifice fly.

Rice, Saiko and Torres had three hits apiece for Tallahassee, who outhit Grand Rapids 16-11 in game two.

Tallahassee had a much easier time in Wednesday’s opener.

After spotting Grand Rapids a first-inning run, Tallahassee scored three in its first at-bat. The big hit came off the bat of catcher Tyler York, who doubled to deep right-centerfield to score Trent Higginbothem and Saiko.

Grand Rapids scored another run in the second, and threatened for more but ace lefty Nolan Thomas struck out Drew Dunbar to end the inning, leaving two runners in scoring position.

That was all the offense the Raiders could muster against Thomas, who shut out Grand Rapids over the final five innings.

Tallahassee added two runs in the third then put the game away with four more in the fourth.

The Eagles’ three through six hitters – Rice, Higginbothem, Saiko and York – combined to go 7-for-14 and drove in nine runs. Rice was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and scored three times. Higginbothem finished 3-for-4 and drove in a pair.

Tallahassee will take two days off before traveling to Panama City, Fla., on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Lewis & Clark (Ill.) Community College.

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