JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - FCSAA No. 5 Tallahassee Community College overcame six defensive errors to defeat Florida State College at Jacksonville, 8-3, on Thursday afternoon in its first of three games in a span of a little more than 24 hours.
Tallahassee will carry a 12-3 record into Friday's home doubleheader against No. 4 Santa Fe College. Florida State College at Jacksonville is now 5-8.
Jacksonville native Dan VanSickle earned the win in relief of starter Patrick Riley. VanSickle (1-0) scattered six hits, allowed one run and struck out five batters over 4.1 innings of work.
Tallahassee staked Riley to a 2-0 lead courtesy of Matt Bahnick's solo homer in the second and a two-out, third inning error by Blue Wave shortstop Mike Reed that allowed James Abbatinozzi to score from third.
Tallahassee sent ten batters to the plate in the decisive fifth inning, scoring five times and collecting half of its eight hits for the game.
The series now move to Tallahasse tomorrow with a double header starting at 3:30