Jonathan Shiver (Sr., Middleburg, FL) set a new TBC single-game record for strikeouts as he fanned 13 batters in a 6-4 victory over NAIA Grace College (IN) on Friday. It was the first game of a three-game weekend set for TBC — with three different opponents — during the annual Russ-Matt Invitational in Orlando, Florida.
In six innings of work, Shiver allowed only three hits while walking none. Dan Richard (Sr., Winter Garden, FL) picked up the save with 2.1 innings of work. Richard struck out four batters to give the Eagles pitchers 17 total K’s on the night.
Shiver also collected three hits and a walk at the plate while Kelvin George (So., Tampa, FL) had two hits and a walk and David Hall (Sr., Starke, FL) provided a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and put the Eagles in front early.
TBC came back the next day, and — behind another stellar performance on the mound from Michael Cohick (Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL) — took the first of two games on the day with a 3-1 victory over NAIA Aquinas University (MI). Cohick pitched brilliantly to a line of 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K, and 0 BB. Bryan Lopez (Jr., Oldsmar, FL) provided the only offense Cohick would need as he slapped a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Shiver also collected two hits for the Eagles.
Trinity, though, came out on the short end of a slugfest with NAIA Trinity Christian University later in the day, 12-7. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-1 lead but then fell behind 6-2 as the Trolls from TCU were aided by a questionable umpire call. TBC fought back, however, to tie the game at 6-6, highlighted by a RBI single from George that turned into a three-base error in the outfield and allowed George to circle the bases and score.
The Eagles clubbed 11 hits, including four doubles, as A.J. Aleixo (Sr., Port St. Lucie, FL), Christian Draper (So., Jacksonville, FL) and Lopez all collected multiple hits; but TBC could not hold on in the end.
The Eagles will host a double-header with Montreat College on Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The next 10 games afterward are all on the road before the Eagles return to their home field on March 31 versus Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College.
–Jon Copeland, Eagles Baseball Head Coach