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Faulkner takes second-straight conference tourney title

Faulkner won its second-straight SSAC tournament title on Sunday. (Photo by Ryan Bartels/Faulkner Athletics)

(May 8, 2017)

Fourth-ranked Faulkner (47-10) scored six runs, all on homers, to claim the 6-3 victory over Middle Georgia State (43-14) for its second straight tournament title at Paterson Field on Sunday.

The Eagles overcame an early 3-0 deficit to earn the win.

Faulkner was undefeated in the tournament beating three Top 20 opponents in four games and outscoring the opposition 47-11.

The Knights’ first two hits of the the game were big ones and arrived in the top of the fourth inning. Andy Mocahbee drilled a solo homer to left field just four feet inside the foul pole and Will Golden followed with a two-run shot to the scoreboard soon after giving the team a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles opened their scoring when Paolo Montezuma and Ryan Rosa hit solo bombs. Three batters later, Tra’mayne Holmes then put Faulkner in the lead on a two-run shot beyond the right field wall.

Montezuma went yard again the following inning, this time with a runner aboard. He was named the tournament MVP.

Olivier Basabe, who went 2-for-4 and scored today, joined Holmes and Montezuma on the all-tournament team.

Tylier Campbell surrendered three earned runs on just three hits he scattered over 4 2/3 innings while tallying five strikeouts.

Braden Olive (5-1) secured the final out of the fifth inning and ultimately earned the win as the pitcher of record in 1/3 inning of relief work. The junior left-hander allowed one hit while facing four batters.

Kolby Green tossed 1 2/3 for the Eagles and gave up an earned run on two hits.

The team will next host the NAIA National Championship Opening Round at Harrison Field as the Montgomery Bracket site beginning May 15.

The Eagles will be the top seed in the five-team, double-elimination tournament with the remaining four teams being announced on May 11. Faulkner has won four straight Opening Round championships as the host school and has recorded five in all, the most by any active NAIA member institution.


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