Four seniors honored as Tornados split with Bulldogs
Brevard, N.C. - Chelsi Mallory hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to secure a 1-0 win for the Tornados before they fell 7-5 in the second game, splitting with Wingate University on Senior Day.
The Tornados are now 17-20 overall and 5-7 in the conference, while Wingate is now 31-11 and 6-6 in the SAC.
Four seniors, Kristina Clayton, Jennifer Gift, Liz Houser, and Rachel Montgomery, were honored in between games today for all of their accomplishments on and off the softball field.
Game 1: Brevard 1, Wingate 0
Martika Elmore shut out the Bulldogs through nine innings, boosting her record to 13-10. Elmore, who is ranked fifth in the nation in strikeouts per inning and tenth in total strikeouts, struck out 12 batters while giving up five hits.
Mallory’s walk-off single and Nicole Heusel’s double to leftfield in the third inning accounted for the only two Brevard hits in the game.
Brevard’s ninth inning win begin when Heusel was placed on second as the extra-innings runner for Brevard, and then was successfully bunted to third base by a Clayton sacrifice bunt. Mallory, and is now ranked fifth in the nation for doubles per inning, followed with her 18th double of the season for the victory.
Game 2: Wingate 7, Brevard 5
Heusel and Brittany Jones each added two RBI for the Tornados in game two, but Brevard, onca again, tallied just two hits to the Bulldogs’ 11.
Six of those hits came in the first inning off of Liz Houser, as the Bulldogs scored six runs, on six hits and two miscues by Brevard’s infield.
Brevard posted their first runs of the game in the second inning, helped out by three Wingate errors. Kayla Dorsey earned an RBI when pitcher, Allison Smith overthrew first base allowing Jennifer Gift to score. Heusel’s two RBI single through the right side followed, scoring Becca Curlee and Dorsey.
Another Mallory double, to leadoff of the third inning, sparked a two run inning for Brevard. Mallory, along with Sarah Carlos, scored after Jones grounded out to the shortstop and the first baseman, Brittany Loudermilt, made a throwing error.
Wingate would add just one more run on a Loudermilt homerun to right field. However, Blankenship who came in to relieve Smith, shut down the Tornados in the final innings handing Brevard and Houser the 7-5 loss.
The Tornados return to action on Wednesday, April 14 when they travel to Carson-Newman for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.