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Game two win gives Tallahassee split with Chipola
 April 3, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 2, 2013) - Tallahassee Community College snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over nationally-ranked Chipola College in game two to gain a split of the teams’ Panhandle Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.

The win allowed Tallahassee (18-20, 2-6 PC) to keep pace in the PC standings with Pensacola State College (2-6) as the conference season hit its midway point on Tuesday. Pensacola State scored a split with Gulf Coast State College on Tuesday. Gulf Coast State and Chipola (31-6) are both 5-3 in league play, one game behind Northwest Florida State College (6-2).

Chipola used a couple of big innings to score a 7-3 win in the opener, but the Eagles turned the tables in the nightcap and parlayed two big innings of their own into the 9-1, run-rule victory.

The teams swapped runs in the first inning then Tallahassee played small ball to jump start a four-run outburst in the second.

The inning began with successful bunt singles from Bianca Gutierrez and Dominique Davis sandwiched around a sac-bunt by Krista Garcia. After Davis stole second to give the Eagles a pair of runners in scoring position, Marina Cobbs beat out an infield single to load the bases.

Ashley Heath-Smith followed suit, beating out a play at first to score Gutierrez from third, and when Chipola first baseman Katie Harrison mishandled the toss from Jasmine Tanksley, it allowed Davis to race home.

The next batter, Brenda Santana, popped out to shallow right field but when Tanksley had to make a sliding catch, Cobbs broke for home and the bang-bang play went the Eagles’ way at the plate. Kelly Engwall finished the scoring with a two-out single to left that brought home Smith and suddenly Tallahassee had a four-run cushion.

Leading 5-1, the Eagles put four more on the board in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Chipola pitcher Rosanne de Vries walked three batters in the inning. Cherise McEnery drew a free pass to start the inning and, two batters later, Garcia walked to load the bases. After Davis lined out to short for the second out, a walk to Cobbs scored pinch runner Sam Moore.

A passed ball brought home Alexis Huss from third and Heath-Smith ended the game with a two-run walk-off single that plated Garcia and Cobbs.

Heath-Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBI in game two. Huss was 2-for-3. Cobbs was 1-for-2 and scored three runs while Engwall was 1-for-2 and drove in two.

Krysta Hoani earned the complete-game victory for Tallahassee. She scattered five hits and three walks over five innings but shut out the Indians after allowing the first-inning run.

In the opener, Moore and Hoani held the Indians in check for most of the game, but Chipola used the long ball to key a 7-3 win.

Moore, the game one starter and losing pitcher, retired Chipola in order in the first before watching the Indians bat around an inning later.

Megan Borak provided the big hit in the second when she slapped a three-run homer to straightaway center. Later in the inning, Chandler Seay’s RBI-sac fly gave Chipola a 4-0 lead.

Hoani entered the circle in the third and shut out the Indians over the next three innings before Moore re-entered in the sixth. After a scoreless inning, Chipola tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh, highlighted by Harrison’s two-run homer to center.

Despite facing a seven-run deficit, Tallahassee made things interesting in its final at-bat.

Heath-Smith’s two-run single got the Eagles on the board, and Santana followed with a run-scoring hit. With the tying run in the on-deck circle, Engwall popped out to second to end the game.

Tallahassee will hit the road for three of its final four PC doubleheaders beginning with Friday’s trip to Pensacola State for a crucial meeting with the Pirates. Game one begins at 5 p.m. eastern.

Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader at Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

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