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Chipola rallies past Tallahassee in series opener
 March 19, 2014

MARIANNA, Fla. (March 19, 2014) – Kevin Santa's two-out walk-off single scored Chase Scott to give Chipola College a 4-3 win over Tallahassee Community College in game one of a three-game Panhandle Conference series between nationally-ranked teams.

NJCAA No. 4/FCSAA No. 1 Tallahassee (30-7, 2-2 PC) fell out of first place in the PC standings for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 conference season. NJCAA No. 8/FCSAA No. 2 Chipola (24-6, 3-1) took sole possession of first place with the win.

After Scott drew a leadoff walk against Tallahassee's Riley Hodge, he advanced to second on a sac bunt. Following a pitching change, Will Thompson struck out Jackie Miles for the second out of the inning then issued an intentional walk to set up the force play at each base, but a wild pitch advanced the runners and set the stage for Santa's game-winning hit.

Hodge was charged with the loss for Tallahassee.

Tallahassee led 3-0 through five innings, doing all of its damage against Chipola lefty and Florida State University signee Michael Mader.

Christian Dicks' ground out got the Eagles on the board in the third. They added one more in the inning on Cody Borup's two-out single. Two innings later, Tallahassee extended the lead to 3-0 on Quincy Nieporte's RBI-single.

Meanwhile, Tallahassee starter Ryan Deckert delivered one of his better outings with five shutout innings of two-hit ball and handed the three-run lead to his bullpen, but the Indians got to the Eagles' relievers for four runs and six hits and drew five walks over the final four innings.

Cody Alling allowed a sixth-inning run, and the Indians tied the game in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs against Connor O'Brien.

The game remained 3-all into the ninth when Tallahassee's Johnny Blue Craig drew a leadoff walk but he was caught stealing with Ryne Willard at the plate. Willard eventually struck out, but reached base on a wild pitch by Indians reliever Adonis Hernandez.

Hernandez, however, induced Bobby Rice into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, ending what proved to be the Eagles' final scoring opportunity of the evening. Tallahassee also stranded nine runners, including two in each of the second, third and sixth innings.

Hernandez allowed only one walk while holding the Eagles scoreless over the final three innings to earn the victory. He struck out six batters and combined with Mader (four) to strike out ten Tallahassee batters.

Nieporte had two of the Eagles' six hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Tallahassee will try to even the series when the teams play at 5 p.m. Friday at Eagle Field. Eagle ace Victor Cole is expected to get the start in Friday's game.

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