Carlos crushes two run homer in split with Railsplitters
Tornados lose 3-2, then rebound to defeat LMU 5-3
Brevard, N.C. - Sarah Carlos went yard for the first time this season, driving in two runs in the Tornados’ 3-2 loss to Lincoln Memorial, followed by a 5-3 victory led by Maddie Fletcher’s two run double and Liz Houser’s five innings of work on the mound.
Brevard is now 16-19 overall and 4-6 in the conference, while Lincoln Memorial is 23-15 overall and 3-9 in the conference.
Game 1: LMU 3, Brevard 2
Lincoln Memorial got on the board first with a run from Joy Grills in the second inning.
Brevard, who was out hit 9-2 by the Railsplitters, saw their only two runs of the game when Carlos crushed a homerun over the fence with Becca Curlee on base in the third inning.
After holding LMU scoreless through the next three innings, the Tornados gave up back to back singles with two outs in the seventh, allowing LMU to score and tie the score 2-2 before Devin Sponseller knocked in the winning RBI with a single to left field.
Martika Elmore was charged with the loss for Brevard giving up three runs on nine hits while pitching her 15th complete game of the year. Elmore is now 12-10 on the year.
Railsplitter pitcher, Meghan LaFevor secured the win, giving up two runs on two hits to improve her record to 14-7.
Game 2: Brevard 5, LMU 3
Brevard scored all five of their runs in the second inning, sparked by a Railsplitters miscue that allowed Brittany Jones and Michelle Turner to cross the plate when third baseman Bridget Eicher overthrew the catcher after fielding Nicole Heusel’s groundball.
Kristina Clayton, who went three for three in the second game, followed with a singled, driving in Sarah Carlos, and eventually setting up Fletcher’s two run double to right making the score 5-0.
LMU responded with two runs in the top of the third with a Sponseller sacrifice fly, and a Brittany Stuive double that drove in a run.
Turner’s defense kept the Railsplitters scoreless in the fourth with a diving catch in right field to retire the first batter of the inning. LMU would not score their final run until the following inning on an Ashley Knight single.
Elmore relieved Houser in the sixth inning, shutting the Railsplitters down and securing the victory for Houser while earning her first save of the season.
The Tornados return to action on Thursday when Belmont Abbey travels to Brevard for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.