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Bears sweep crosstown visitors from Piedmont College (JV)
On a day that the Bears honored 6 sophomores for their hardwork and dedication over the past 2 years they also swept a DH from their crosstown visitors from Piedmont College (JV) by scores of 11-2 and 4-0.  In game 1 Ted Pratt took the ball and limited the visiting Lions to 1 unearned run through 5 innings while striking out 11.  Cameron Blinn would come on and finish the game earning his 3rd save in the last 4 games.  Leading the way offensively in game 1 was Daniel Ficarrotta (2-4 HR and 2 rbi's).  In game 2 Ben Ralston started for the Bears and pitched masterfully working 6 innings, while allowing only 2 hits and striking out 3.  Josh Wright came on and worked a perfect 7th to complete the shutout.  Rudy Rodriguez (2-3 HR 2 Rbi's) lead the offense in game 2.  The Bears will ride a 5 game winning streak into this weekends conference action as they travel to Tifton, GA to take on ABAC on Friday and Saturday. 
 
Daniel Ficarrotta
Ben Ralston
 
 
Wallace leads Bears to sweep on the mound and at the plate
The Bears knew coming into this weekend a sweep of visiting conference opponent Andrew College would allow the Bears to clinch a GJCAA playoff spot that eluded them a year ago.  With that in mind, it seemed only fiting that a sophomore who missed out on the playoffs last year would propel the Bears to the sweep they were looking for.  Andrew Wallace started at the plate in game 1 (3-4, 1 2B, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI) helping to make a winner out of freshman Josh WrightCameron Blinn would come on to nail down the 7-6 victory to earn the first save of his career.  In game 2 Wallace again shined this time on the mound throwing a gutsy complete game en route to the 8-6 victory. Leading the way at the plate in game 2 was freshman Bruce Nyland who went 2-2 with a double, homerun, 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.  In game 3 the Bears fell behind early, but trailing 5-3 in the 4th they again turned to Wallace and again he delivered with a monster grandslam homerun to give the Bears a 7-5 lead.  The visiting Tigers of Andrew would again tie the game only to see sophomore Ryan Jones connect for a 2 run double to propel the Bears to the 11-8 victory.  Harley Freeman picked up the victory on the mound in relief of starter Colby Collins and for the second time in as many days Blinn once again closed the door to earn the save.  The Bears will return to action on Wednesday as they host Piedmont in a DH at 1:00. 
Andrew Wallace
Cameron Blinn
 
 
Come support the Lady Bears as they Help in the fight to "Strikeout" Breast Cancer
On Wednesday April 8th 2009 the TMC Lady Bears Softball Team will be doing their part to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer when they host Cleveland State Community College.  As part of the "Strikeout" Breast Cancer initiative the team will be taking donations at the gate to raise money for this worthy cause.  In addition $10.00 will be donated for each strikeout a TMC pitcher records during the double header.  The game times for the DH are set for 4:00 and 6:00.  The TMC Softball team plays their home games at the White County Recreation Department. 
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Bears knock off 9th Ranked Team in the Country
After blowing a lead late in game 1 of their 3 game series with the nation's number 9 team, the Walters State Senators, the Bears turned to freshman Colby Collins and Collins, as he has several times already this season, turned in a masterful performance.  Collins threw a complete game limiting one of the nation's most potent offenses to only 6 hits and 2 runs en route to the 3-2 victory.  Collins got all the offensive support he would need off the bats of Recardo Billups (2-run HR) and Daniel Ficarrotta (GW Sac-Fly).  In game 1 Andrew Wallace started for the Bears and lead 5-4 as he exited the game.  The lead would not holdup however as Walters State scored 5 times in the 6th (2 earned) to take the 9-5 victory.  The Bears will return to action on Sunday at 1:00 as they conclude the 3 game set with the Senators. 
Colby Collins
Recardo Billups
 
 
Bears complete sweep of  South Georgia
On Monday the Bears completed the sweep of conference rival South Georgia taking both games of the DH by scores of 9-2 and 5-2.  In game 1 the Bears rode the right arm of sophomore Thomas Campbell to the victory (7.1 IP 6 H 1 R 2 BB 5k's) Leading the way offensively in game 1 was freshman Teddy Leverett (2-3 1 RBI 2 SB's 2 runs scored).  Game 2 the Bears turned to sophomore Andrew Wallace to deliver the sweep and he did just that with a complete game 6 hit performance.  Sophomore Ryan Jones once again chipped in at the plate with a nice game (2-3 1 run scored 1 RBI).  As a result of the sweep the Bears jump up to 6th place in the conference standings.  The Bears will return to action this week as they play host to 2 of the top 20 ranked teams in the country.  The Bears will play a DH against Cleveland State (18th) on Tuesday before a 3-game series with Walters State (9th) on Friday and Saturday.   
Ryan Jones
Teddy Leverett
 
 
Bears take game 1 vs South Georgia
Game 1 of the Bears Conference series against South Georgia was a back and forth battle in which the Bears came from behind 3 times and eventually hung on to an 11-10 victory.  Harley Freeman started for the  Bears and worked 6 solid innings allowing only 3 earned runs while striking out 3.  The Bears trailed by a score of 8-6 heading to the bottom of the 7th when Terrell Jones (3-4 2B 3B 4 RBI's) connected on a 2-RBI triple to tie the game.  One batter later Ryan Jones would provide a sac-fly to give the Bears a 9-8 lead.  The Bears would tack on 2 more insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th to take an 11-8 advantage.  After scoring 2 runs and having the tying run on 3rd and go-ahead run on 1st with 2 outs the Bears called on Ted Pratt who struck out South Georgia pinch hitter Austin Palmer on 3 pitches to earn his 4th save of the season.  Colby Collins pitched a perfect 7th inning to earn the victory.  The Bears will conclude the series with South Georgia on Monday with a DH begining at 1:00. 
Colby Collins
Terrell Jones
 
BREAKING NEWS: Men's Basketball Coach Cory Baldwin Resigns 
It was announced this week that Head Men's Basketball coach Cory Baldwin is leaving Truett-McConnell College to pursue other coaching opportunities.  Baldwin's resignation ends a successful 3 year tenure at the helm of the TMC Men's Basketball program in which he guided the Bears to a 53-39 record.  To read the full story on Coach Baldwin's resignation please (CLICK HERE)
 
 
Defensive Miscues Lead to Bears' Demise at Piedmont
Despite a great performance on the mound from local products Cameron Blinn and Josh Wright in which they combined to give up only 2 earned runs on Tuesday Night in Demorest, GA, the Bears fell by a final score of 7-5.  Blinn from Jefferson, GA and Wright from Gainesville, GA allowed the host Lions only the two earned runs but defensive miscues that lead to 4 Lions' runs in the 6th proved to be the difference.  The Bears jumped out on top early scoring 5 runs in the first two innings to take a 5-0 lead.  The Bears would remain in front until the 6th when 2 critical errors lead to 4 runs which would be all the Lions needed as they played error free baseball en route to the victory.  Leading the way for the Bears offensively were Andrew Wallace (1-2 1 RBI) and Ryan Gale (3-5  1 run scored) The Bears will return to conference action this Saturday and Sunday as they host visiting South Georgia College.
Andrew Wallace
Cameron Blinn
 
 
TMC Men's Basketball Continues to Garner End of the Year Honors
To read more about 3 Bears shining in the GA/FL Juco All-Star Game please (CLICK HERE).
 
To read more about the Bears picking up End of the Year Awards please (CLICK HERE)
 
 
Bears snap losing skid with 11-10 Victory
The past few weeks for the Bears Baseball team has been filled with tough opponents and even tougher losses.  That streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Bears defeated Darton College in conference play by a final score of 11-10.  Sophomore Andrew Wallace returned to the mound and was masterful working 6 innings allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 5.  Jeremy Herren gave the Bears the lead with a 1st inning grandslam and the Bears would stay on top the entire game.  Freshman Teddy Leverett added a 3 hit game with 4 stolen bases.  Freshman Ted Pratt came on and perserved the victory earning his 4th save of the season.  The Bears return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Cleveland TN. to take on Cleveland State with first pitch scheduled for 1:00.
Andrew Wallace
Ted Pratt
 
 
Former Bear Helps New Team to the Big Dance
Former TMC Bear Robert Murry has helped his new team, the Morehead State University Eagles, to the frenzy which is March Madness.  With a double overtime win over Austin Peay in the OVC Championship Robert Murry and his Eagles punched the first ticket to the Big Dance for Morehead State in over 25 years.  Murry is currently averaging 8.3 points per game.  To read more (Click Here)
 
 
TMC Men's Basketball Season comes to an end
A night after becoming the first Men's Basketball Team in school history to make it's 3rd straight GJCAA semi-finals appearance, the TMC Bears saw their season come to an end on a 70-62 loss at the hands of national power Georgia Perimeter.  Leading the way for the Bears was Josh Williams (19 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks).  As a result of their 1-1 performance in the Conference Tournament the Bears finish the season with a 17-15 overall record.
Josh Williams
 
 
Mens Basketball Team wins to advance to Conference Semi-Finals
On Thursday afternoon the TMC Bears took to the floor and in a thrilling 1st round GJCAA playoff matchup defeated Middle Georgia in overtime by a final score of 61-58.  Leading the way for the Bears was 2nd Team All-Conference gaurd Duce Jackson who had 18 points and 4 assists.  Also pitching in were Josh Williams (14 points 10 rebounds) and Brandon Hosley (14 points 11 rebounds).  The Bears will now face the winner of the Atlanta Metro/Georgia Perimeter game on Friday at South Georgia Tech with the tip-off scheduled for 5:30.
Duce Jackson
 
 
Duce Jackson named All-Conference
For his performance on the court this season TMC Bears gaurd Duce Jackson has been named to the All Conference 2nd Team.  Jackson averaged 13 points per game, 4.4 assits per game and 1.5 steals per game for the year.  Duce will now turn his attention to the GJCAA Conference Tournament where the Bears will open up with Middle Georgia College on Thursday at 2:00.  This will be a rematch of sophomore night in which the Bears fell 68-64 after winning the first meeting on a game winning buzzer beater by Jackson.   
Duce Jackson
 
 
Baseball Schedule Changes and Chris Curtis Day Information
Due to the tremendous amount of inclement and wet weather over the weekend that consumed the state of Georgia the entire Conference Series between the Young Harris Mountain Lions and TMC Bears that was slated for Saturday and Sunday had to be postponed.  The series will now be played on Wednesday March 4th and Thursday March 5th.  The DH will be played on Wednesday with the single game being played on Thursday.  Game times are TBA.  In addition the ceremonial first pitch to be thrown out by former TMC Bear ace Chris Curtis will now occur this Sunday as the Bears play host to Middle Georgia College in Conference Action begining at 1:00.  Please come out and Support your Bears as they host 6 Conference Games in 5 days at Mize Field. 
 
 
Bears Fall on Sophomore Night to Middle Georgia
On a night where the Bears honored 7 sophomores for their efforts the past two seasons the Bears came up just short in a 68-64 loss to the Warriors from Middle Georgia.  TMC lead by 11 with 12 minutes left to play but could not fend off a furious Middle Georgia comeback.  Josh Williams lead the way for the Bears on Sophomore night with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Duce Jackson had 17 points and 3 assists.  The Bears will find out on Monday who they will play in the 1st round of the Conference Tournament which begins next Thursday.
2008-09 Sophomore Class and Families
 
 
Bears once again split with visiting Anderson College (JV)
TMC met Anderson for the second time this season on Tuesday afternoon and the result was the same with the two teams splitting a DH as the Bears took the opener 9-0 while the visitors from South Carolina took the night cap 7-3.  Game 1 saw freshman Cameron Blinn go the distance for his second complete game shutout of the season.  Blinn would get all the offensive support he would need from freshman Ryan Gale whose 3-4 5 RBI performance, which included a grandslam, paced the offense.  Freshman shortstop Daniel Ficarrotta also added a double and a homerun in the victory.  In game 2 Anderson used 4 unearned runs and scored 6 times with 2 outs to salvage a split in the DH.  Sophomore Harley Freeman started for the Bears and worked 4.2 innings allowing only 2 earned runs while striking out 7.  The Bears will now turn their attention to Conference Play as they host the Young Harris Mountain Lions on Saturday and Sunday at Mize Field. 
Cameron Blinn
Ryan Gale
 
Lady Bears season ends with Overtime loss in Conference Tournament
A good season came to an end tonight for the TMC Women's Basketball Team with an 86-76 overtime loss in the Conference Tournament against Andrew College.  The two teams were tied 69-69 at the end of regulation but Andrew was able to pull away with some hot shooting in the extra overtime period.  The same 3 ladies who lead the way for the Bears the entire season and garnered All-Conference honors were the key contributors again despite the loss.  Shaquana Bleach lead all scorers with 24 points while Ashley Aker added 19 and Tiffany Marlow pitched in 14 and pulled down 18 rebounds.  
Ashley Aker
Shaquana Bleach
Tiffany Marlow
 
Aker, Bleach, and Marlowe garner All-Conference Honors for Lady Bears
Three Lady Bears were named to the All-Conference Team as voted on by the Conference Coaches.  Both Ashley Aker and Tiffany Marlow were named to the All-Conference Second Team while Shaquana Bleach garnered 1st Team All Conference Honors.  For the second straight year Bleach finished runner-up in the Conference Player of the Year voting.  Aker, Bleach, and Marlow will now set their sights on a Conference Tournament Championship as they take to the floor in Americus, GA begining on Tuesday. 
Ashley Aker
Shaquana Bleach
Tiffany Marlow
 
 
Bears defeat Florida's Number 1 Team Again
For the second time in as many days the TMC Bears knocked off the number 1 ranked Junior College in the state of Florida, this time by a 6-4 final score.  The Bears jumped on top early on the strength of a 2-run homerun from freshman Terrell Jones.  Starter Thomas Campbell pitched masterfully working seven shutout innings before giving up 4 runs in the 8th.  Cameron Blinn relieved Campbell and finished the 8th inning before turning things over to closer Ted Pratt who worked a scorless 9th to earn his 3rd save of the season.  The Bears will return to action Sunday morning at 10:00 in their final game in Panama City against Shelton State.
Thomas Campbell
 
 
Bears get split on Day 1 in Panama City
On Day 1 of their annual trip to Panama City the TMC Bears dropped game 1 to the 2008 NJCAA World Series Runners-up Shelton State 15-7 before knocking off Flordia's number 1 ranked Gulf Coast Commodores 8-3 in the second game.  Against Shelton State the Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead early only to see their opponents score 15 unanswered runs en route to the victory.  Freshmen Ryan Gale and Terrell Jones connected on homeruns in the 9th but it would not be enough.  In game 2 TMC starter Harley Freeman was struck by a line drive and had to leave the game in the 2nd inning.  The Bears then turned to freshman Colby Collins and for the 2nd time in as many weeks rode his right arm to victory.  Collins worked 7.2 innings allowing only 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6.  The Bears will return to action on Saturday as they face the host Commodores again at 2:00. 
Colby Collins
 
 
TMC Men win Conference Game at home against Atlanta Metro
On Tuesday night the TMC Men's Basketball Team returned to the floor looking to snap a 3-game losing streak.  The Bears would do just that with a 63-56 win over visiting Atlanta Metro. Leading the way for the Bears were Josh Williams (16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Duce Jackson (15 points, 5 assists).  The win ups the Bears' overall record to 15-12 and 5-7 in conference play.  The men will be back in action at home on Thursday night when they host Georgia Perimeter at 7:30. 
Josh Williams
 
 
Shaquana Bleach surpases 1000th career point Milestone
On Saturday, TMC Women's Basketball player Shaquana Bleach reached a career milestone for the Lady Bears.  Bleach recorded her 1000th career point in the Lady Bears loss on the road at Darton.  On behalf of the entire Athletic Department we would like to congratulate Shaquana on reaching this career milestone.  Bleach and the Lady Bears will be back in action on Thursday as they play host to Georgia Perimeter at 5:30 in their final regular season contest.
Shaquana Bleach
 
 
Athens Banner Herald does story on TMC pitcher Cameron Blinn
On Thursday the Athens Banner Herald did a story on TMC pitcher Cameron Blinn.  The piece is a good testament of how hard work pays off for those who never quit or give up.  To read entire article from the Athens Banner Herald (Click Here)
Cameron Blinn
 
Bears get split on road at Anderson
The TMC Baseball team returned to action on Thursday in Anderson SC playing Anderson University (JV).  In game one Anderson jumped on top early with 8 runs in the first two innings.  The Bears battled back but could not overcome the early deficit falling 10-8.  In game 2 the Bears turned to freshman Colby Collins who made his first college start.  Collins would not dissapoint throwing 4.1 innings while striking out 7 in earning the victory.  Ted Pratt would come on to record the final 4 outs to nail down the 7-5 victory.  Leading the way offensively for the Bears on the day were Teddy Leverett (4-9 5 runs scored) and Terrell Jones (3-7 5 rbi's).  The Bears will return to action on Saturday and Sunday as they play two doubleheaders against the number 15 team in the country Spartanburg Methodist. 
Colby Collins
  
Women win, Men lose in Conference Play
The TMC Womens Basketball Team entered Thursday night's game against visiting South Georgia Tech looking to take over 3rd place in the conference.  The Lady Bears would do just that with what Coach Carlie Anderson called "our most complete game of the year".  The Lady Bears won the game 71-65.  Leading the way was Ashley Aker scoring 24 points while Shaquana Bleach added 19.  The men took the floor next but could not overcome a 20 point 1st half deficit and lost 77-65.  Leading the way for the men was Josh Williams with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Both teams will return to action Saturday in Conference play.
 
Dont Miss Rob Flanigan Day at the Ballpark this Sunday
On Sunday Feburary 15th before their 1:00 DH with Spartanburg Methodist, the TMC Bears will be recognizing former first baseman and 2008 MLB draftee Rob Flanigan.  Flanigan played for the Bears in both 2006 and 2007 garnering 2nd Team All-Conference honors as a freshman before a 1st Team All Conference and All District campaign as a sophomore.  Flanigan then moved on to North Georgia College and State University where his All-American season for Tom Cantrell's club in 2008 helped lead the Saints to a Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA Regional appearance.  Flanigan's hardwork and tremendous performance over a 3 year college career lead to his being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 29th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.  Rob Flanigan will also be throwing out the first pitch as part of Sunday's festivities.   
 
  
 

 

 
 

 
Head Coach Cory Baldwin Resigns
 
Cory Baldwin
 
      
     Following the completion of Truett-McConnell College men’s basketball season, head coach Cory Baldwin has announced that he is leaving Truett-McConnell to pursue other coaching opportunities.
 
     During his three seasons, Baldwin and his teams have made noteworthy accomplishments on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Baldwin guided TMC to three straight GJCAA semi-finals and posted a record of 53-39 over a three-year period. During the three years, the TMC Bears averaged better than 17 wins per season. After the current recruiting season is over, Coach Baldwin expects that Truett-McConnell will have 15-17 players signed to play at Division I, Division II or NAIA colleges.
 
     Coach Baldwin has been very interested in getting his student-athletes out into the community and helping to bring the local area residents to the TMC campus. He operated a basketball camp called Baldwin’s Ballers each summer, bringing an average of 50 high school and middle school teams from around the state onto the TMC campus, as well as approximately 100 youngsters from the local community who attended his camps each year.
 
     The men’s basketball players under Baldwin’s leadership were involved in reading programs in elementary schools throughout the White County school system. At the end of the current academic year, eight men’s basketball student-athletes will have graduated with degrees from Truett-McConnell during Baldwin’s tenure as head coach.
 
     “I am obviously saddened to be leaving Truett-McConnell, but the school and I are heading in different directions with the four-year move. I think now is the best time for me to pursue other options in coaching. My wife, Amanda, and I have met some great people here in my three years and cherish the lifelong friendships that we have made. We have been very fortunate as a team to have such great support from the Truett family and the community. We are very blessed to have had the opportunity to serve in this community, and our faith is strengthened daily as to what lies ahead for our family and Truett-McConnell,” Coach Baldwin said of his resignation.
 
     In a statement from the Truett-McConnell president, Dr. Emir F. Caner said: “Coach Baldwin’s accomplishments, both on and off the court, are to be highly commended. He is a phenomenal basketball coach whose character is one of a servant of Christ. Although Coach Baldwin will be missed here at Truett-McConnell College, we know that he will be an incredible asset to another institution in the very near future. He goes with our blessings and our prayers.”
    

 
 

 
Bears Shine in GA/FL All-Star Game
 
    
                  Duce Jackson, Meau Jones, Will Kenimer (Left to Right)
 
     
     The great 2008-09 season for the Truett-McConnell Bears was recognized with awards this week as many of the sophomores. Duce Jackson, who had already been selected all-region 2nd team, received the nod for an All-Star selection in the Georgia/Florida JUCO All-Star Game. Duce was not the only Bear represented in All-Star game, as Will Kenimer and Meau Jones were also selected. 
 
     The all-star game took place this past weekend in Daytona FL. It felt different playing with guys we usually play against” Duce Jackson said of the game.
 
     Also, Josh Williams was named to the All-GJCAA Tournament team. Josh averaged 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 18 points in the two games played in the GJCAA conference tournament. 
 
     “We had 8 sophomores on this team and each one of them was a huge part in us making it to the semi-finals and winning 17 games. Some guys win awards, but each guy has a hand in winning the games” Coach Baldwin said of the season. 
 
   
  
 
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