ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (February 5, 2011) - A 4-3 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Miami Dade College highlighted an impressive day of action for FCCAA No. 6 Tallahassee Community College at the Triple Crown Softball Classic.
Tallahassee picked up wins over St. Petersburg College (4-1) and State College of Florida (11-0) in its other two games on Saturday, gaining some measure of revenge after losing to the same two teams in last weekend's JUCO Kickoff Tournament and Showcase.
Trailing Miami Dade 3-1, Xia Wilson's three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Eagles the 4-3 victory. She also drove in Tallahassee's other run and finished 2-for-4.
Devin Kochergen added two hits and a double and Alanna Leasau was 2-for-4.
Clutch pitching by Kate Klimovich in the top of the seventh kept the score 3-1. With the bases loaded and one out, she recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam. Wilson's heroics in the bottom half gave Klimovich (2-0) the victory.
Emily Smethurst worked the first six innings and allowed only one hit and struck out five.
In the first game of the day, Sara Scott pitched a three-hitter in the Eagles' 4-1 win over St. Petersburg.
Foreshadowing what was to come later in the afternoon, Tallahassee scored the game-winning run in its final at-bat.
With the game tied at 1-all, Tallahassee scored three times in the top of the seventh. Dallas Towns' single scored Jessica Cavallero with the go-ahead run. The Eagles added two more to finish the scoring.
Leasau was 1-for-2 with a solo homer while Cavallero was 2-for-2. Kochergen was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
In the Eagles' final game of the day, Tallahassee exploded for eight runs in the second inning to blow the game wide open en route to the 11-0 win over State College of Florida.
Klimovich (3-0) pitched a three-hitter to earn the win in the circle for Tallahassee.
Leasau hit her second home run of the day, a two-run shot in the first, to put Tallahassee on the board. Towns added a three-run blast during the eight-run second. Kochergen was also 2-for-3 with a solo homer.
Tallahassee wraps up play at the Classic with a pair of games on Sunday, beginning with a 9 a.m. game against St. Johns River State College.