Nick Lyle retired the first 10 men he faced on route to no decision as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles fell one run short in Tuesday afternoon’s South Region match-up with Toccoa Falls College. Toccoa won 4-3.
Lyle was perfect through the first 3 1/3 innings, striking out four of the first 10 Toccoa Falls hitters. Toccoa, though, broke through with a run in the fourth and started a comeback effort that erased a three-run deficit by the seventh. Lyle pitched very well overall and left with a final line that reads 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Lyle kept the Toccoa hitters off balance all afternoon, but Toccoa recovered in the seventh.
Trinity took an early 2-0 lead thanks to Richard Ruth‘s two-run double in the first that scored Jacob Bolena and Shawn Moose. Bolena led off the game with a single, and Moose reached on an error. Ruth drove them both in two outs later.
Trinity added a run in the bottom of the second when Gabby Pedraza scored on a wild pitch. A.J. Alexio and David Hall each had doubles for Trinity.
Toccoa scored in the fourth on Nathan Stanley‘s RBI single for his team’s first hit. His single drove in Josh Slate, who walked with one out. In the seventh, Toccoa plated two more runs to tie the game at 3-3. Zack Zillweger then homered in the eighth for the game’s final tally to give Toccoa Falls the win.
Toccoa’s Austin Shea went the distance in earning the win.
Trinity will play the next six games at home, all during Spring Break week. On Monday, March 20, the Eagles will host Johnson University of Tennessee for one game at 2:00, and on March 21, the teams will play two beginning at noon. Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College will then visit Trinity for three: a single game on March 24 and a double-header on March 25, all with 12:00 p.m. start times.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC