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Pirates edge Commodores

Posted Apr 4, 2017 at 7:41 PM

By The News Herald

 

PENSACOLA — There were ample signs that things were not going to go Gulf Coast’s way on Tuesday in its Panhandle Conference baseball game at Pensacola State.

 

They didn’t, as Pensacola continued the Commodores’ tailspin by scoring four unearned runs in a 4-2 decision.

Gulf Coast lost its fourth consecutive conference game and is 4-9, 26-12 overall. The Pirates improved to just 2-11 in the PC.

Leader Chipola is 13-3 and Northwest Florida took a 9-3 record into its game with 5-7 Tallahassee on Tuesday.

 

Gulf Coast had ample opportunities to overcome Pensacola. The Commodores put the leadoff batter on in six of nine innings, but despite having nine singles after six innings had yet to advance a baserunner to third base.

 

The Pirates took advantage of Gulf Coast’s two errors to score all of their runs, one in the second and three in the fateful fourth inning.

 

While Pensacola starting pitcher Kaven Brown continued to strand Gulf Coast baserunners — the Commodores had 13 for the game — the Pirates scored three runs in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded throwing error by shortstop Jordan Tylski.

Pensacola led 4-0 until the seventh inning when Gulf Coast broke through on Brown when Alec Aleywine’s two-run single halved the deficit. The Commodores then loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Aaron Ginn in the eighth inning, but Ginn responded by striking out the side.

 

Gulf Coast put runners in scoring position in the ninth when Alec Wisely and Tylski walked and were on second and third with two outs. Ginn retired Josh Nowak, 3 for 3 to that point, on a comebacker to end the game.

 

Tylski, Carnegy Calzado and Jackson Webb all added two hits for Gulf Coast. Dylan Cyphert took the loss although not surrendering an earned run in seven innings. Despite their costly errors, the Commodores also turned double plays behind

him in the first, second and third inning.

 

Willie Carter, Peyton Lacoste and Arnold graduate Bobby Courson each had two hits for the Pirates, who were outhit 13-8 as a team.

 

The clubs are scheduled to play the second game in their four-game series at 5 p.m. Thursday in Pensacola.

 

Gulf Coast;000 000 200 — 2 13 2

Pensacola;010 300 00x — 4 8 1

Cyphert (L), Tylski 8 and Nowak; Brown (W), Ginn 8 and Sorrenti.

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