Robinson homers in Tornados loss to Indians
Brevard falls in series finale to Catawba, 14-4
Brevard, N.C. - Tarron Robinson connected on a three-run home run for the host Tornados in the series finale against #15 Catawba College on Sunday afternoon, but Ryan Bostian, Chris Dula and Ethan Satterfield all had three RBIs for the visiting Indians as Catawba recorded the series sweep with the 14-4 victory.
Brennan Daniels (3-1) suffered his first loss in the 2012 season for Brevard (14-15, 7-8 SAC), while John Tuttle (2-1) pitched five innings in recording the win for Catawba (22-5, 14-1 SAC) as the Indians retain sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Catawba jumped ahead early, going up 3-0 in the first inning as Julio Zubillaga, Garrett Furr and Chris Dula hit back-to-back-to-back doubles, while J.J. Jankowski added an RBI groundout to put the Indians ahead early. Catawba extended the lead with four runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth with Greg Lawson driving in two runs with a base hit through the left side of the infield, while Cameron Beard and Ethan Satterfield added RBIs in the fourth as the Indians went up 9-0 before Brevard tallied their first run of the contest.
The Tornados battled back in the bottom half of the fourth as Eric Renegar led off the inning with single and Zach Merriken followed with a base hit to give Brevard two on with zero outs. Robinson followed with his fourth home run of the season, clearing the fence and the bases to cut into the Indians lead.
Brevard continued to chip away at the Catawba lead in the bottom of the fifth as Chad Funkhouser led off the frame with a single, advancing around the bases before Merriken singled him home with two outs to put the score at 9-4.
The Indians put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth inning with Ryan Bostian doing the majority of the damage in the inning with a bases loaded triple, drilling the ball down the right field line scoring Brett Underwood, Lawson and Beard to push Catawba ahead 14-4.
Avery Booker gave the Tornados their lone base runner in the final two innings, driving a single through the infield, but the Indians were able to keep Brevard off the scoreboard in recording the series sweep.
Brevard remains at home as they continue their long weekend stretch tomorrow afternoon as the Tornados welcome Erskine College to Gil Coan Field for a non-conference game. First pitch between the Tornados and the Flying Fleet is set for 3 p.m.