Baseball | Wed, Mar. 10, 2021
TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Talladega College baseball program took a one-run lead into the final frame and ended up losing game one (7-4) but rebounded to take the second contest via a walk-off by a count of 4-3.
Talladega (5-9, 0-0 A.I.I.) might have squandered a golden opportunity to earn a sweep in the opener but made-up for it in dramatic fashion in the “nightcap”, loading the bases with no outs to set the stage for pinch hitter Jose Santiago to walk home the winning run.
Both starting pitchers for the Tornadoes had terrific outings despite both picking up non-decisions.
Game one starter Oracia De Leon allowed nine hits and six runs over six innings but limited the earned runs to only three while canceling out the hit total with ten strikeouts and just one free pass. Ricardo Blackmon took the mound for game two and fared just as well, hurling six innings as well to go along with three earned runs surrendered plus seven Nighthawks set down.
Norberto Hernandez earned the victory coming on in relief of Blackmon, pitching a scoreless seventh frame with one hit and one walk given up.
Jeffry Roldan was arguably the Crimson and Blue’s top performer on Sunday, hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two runs knocked in, a double, and scoring the game-winning run on his stat line.
From an on-base perspective, Adriel Acevedo might be the only one who can state his case, going 2-of-3 (.667) with two walks and two runs scored plus he showed off his wheels as he stole a bag.
Two Tornadoes showcased a high baseball IQ and situational awareness with sacrifice flies courtesy of Wander Arias and Jan Rivera. The former registered a hit, a run, and a walk in the second matchup on top of his game one sac fly while the latter had similar results with a walk, run, and a stolen base during the doubleheader.
Isaiah Lewis might not have recorded an official at-bat in game two but he still made an impact, walking twice and scoring once.
Thomas-Georgia (4-14, 0-6 Sun) got quality starting pitching as well as John Steward and Bobby Jacobs combining for 8.1 innings with three earned runs allowed, seven strikeouts, seven hits given up and a walk apiece.
The Nighthawks roped four doubles and swiped six bases with most of the damage coming in the opener (five steals, three two-baggers).
The Talladega College Tornadoes baseball team returns to the diamond this weekend for a stiff challenge, traveling to Macon, Georgia to take on the 22nd-ranked Middle Georgia State Knights in a three-game set starting with a single game at 3 p.m. CT on Friday.