Saints drop two to Tallahassee CC, 10-2 and 4-3

Brooke Marendino stole home in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two with Santa Fe College to give the Eagles a 4-3 win and a sweep of the doubleheader against the Saints.

In game one, the Eagles cruised to a quick 10-2 victory in five innings.

The Eagles improved to 22-8 on the season with tonight’s wins.

In game one, the Eagles came out slugging and jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Jaylene Pryor got things started with a leadoff walk and eventually scored on an errant throw to third off Shelby Manns’ sac-bunt. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Taesha DuBoise singled to centerfield to score Manns and advance the runners.  A sacrifice-fly by Brianna Tourtillott scored Marendino to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

The final two runs of the inning scored off a Kayla Boucher single to left field to plate Danielle Patterson and DuBoise.

The Eagles added two more runs in the third inning off a Patterson single into left field that scored Manns and Marendino for a commanding 7-0 lead.

Santa Fe scored its only runs of the game in the fourth inning to cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-2.

Tallahassee put the game away in the fifth inning, invoking the run rule as Danielle Ekberg, Manns, and Marendio all scored.

Gabrielle Decker got the start for the Eagles and went all five innings.  She struck out four batters while only surrendering two runs to improve to 6-4 this season.

Tourtillott went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

In game two, the Eagles scored first then fell behind.

Tallahassee got on the board with a run in the first inning, but the Saints answered with three runs of their own in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

The Eagles tied the game in the fifth inning.

With runners on first and second, Patterson hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners.  DuBoise singled to centerfield to score Manns and move the tying run to third base.  A sacrifice-fly by Tourtillott brought the tying run home as Marendino scored.

In the seventh inning, Marendino reached base on a single to centerfield and was advanced to second on a Patterson single. Then, with Marendino at third and two outs, she caught the Saints off guard and stole home as the catcher was throwing the ball back to the circle after a pitch to give the Eagles the 4-3, walk-off victory.

Alexandra Cook got the start for the Eagles in game two and recorded her seventh complete game of the season while improving to 8-0. She struck out four batters while only giving up four hits.

Marendino went 1-for-2 from the plate and scored twice.

The Eagles resume Panhandle Conference play on Friday when they travel to Marianna, Fla., for a doubleheader against Chipola College. Game one begins at 5 p.m. eastern.