Holland Pitches Shutout As Talladega Repeats As Baseball Champs

No. 8 ranked Tornadoes beats No. 2 Tigers in Black College Nines HBCU Baseball poll




TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega silenced Edward Waters for the second time in this tournament as the Tornadoes claimed their second consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference baseball tournament championship with a 4-0 victory this afternoon at Silsby Field on Talladega’s campus.  The tournament was a tremendous reversal of fortune for both teams as The Tigers had claimed the season series four games to two. 

GCAC 2015 Baseball ChampionsPitcher Matt Holland got the shutout win for the Tornadoes (3-0), going all nine innings and scattering eight hits.  Talladega hurlers dominated their opponents throughout the tournament.  They gave up just three earned runs in three contests, good for a 1.08 earned run average.  Opposing batters hit a meager .185 against Tornado pitching.

The Talladega offense was spearheaded by the team’s 1-2-3 hitters.  Designated hitter Hector Corona hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Tornadoes, and the double play combo of Austin Drummonds and Jean Marmol combined for three hits, two RBI, and a pair of runs scored.  Center fielder Michael Scofield had a single and a triple and scored a run.

Juan Bracamonte and Jesse Baker had two hits each in a losing effort for Edward Waters.

Talladega outscored its opponents 23-4 in the tournament, leading all teams with a .346 batting average.  No other team was better than .300.