Renegar caps rally as Tornados complete sweep of Wingate
Brevard runs winning streak to seven games, sweeps second consecutive SAC series
Brevard, N.C. - Brevard opened and closed their Saturday doubleheader against Wingate University with a bang at Gil Coan Field, scoring six runs in the first inning of the opener in defeating the Bulldogs 14-6, while Eric Renegar hit a walk-off triple, scoring Randy O’Dell from first base in the bottom of the seventh in game two to complete the sweep over Wingate with the 7-6 victory.
Zach Joyce (2-4) and Dustin Haithcox (3-1) picked up the wins for the Tornados (22-20, 13-11 SAC), while Champ Stuart led the Brevard offense on the afternoon, going 5-for-7 with four runs scored, four RBIs and a triple and home run as Brevard recorded the season sweep over the Bulldogs. Justin Nygard (3-4) and Josh Karr (2-1) suffered the losses for Wingate, despite home runs by both Casey Allison and Dodson McPherson as the Bulldogs fall to 26-19, 12-12 in the conference on the season.
Game One: Brevard 14, Wingate 6
Stuart had two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Brevard attack, while Chad Funkhouser, Tarron Robinson, Cody Queen and Christian Christopoulos drove in two runs apiece for the Tornados.
Jacob Karr had a double and three RBI to lead the Wingate attack. James Tedder had two RBI and a run scored, while Allison was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Tornados came out hot, plating six runs in the first inning. Robinson and Randy O’Dell got it started with RBI singles, while Christopoulos added a two-run single to push the advantage to six. A Bulldog error allowed another run to score in the second, while a two-run single from Funkhouser gave Brevard a 10-0 lead in the third inning.
Stuart’s RBI triple in the fifth pushed the Brevard lead to 11, while an RBI double from Robinson and RBI single from Queen made it 14-0 in the fifth.
Wingate got on the board in the seventh on Karr’s RBI double. The Bulldogs added five more runs in the eighth. Allison got it started with an RBI single, while Tedder followed with a two-run single. A two-run single from Karr made the final margin 14-6.
Joyce picked up the win, allowing one run on six hits in 6.2 innings of work, striking out three. Nygard took the loss after allowed eight earned runs on six hits in two innings of work, striking out two while walking six.
Game Two: Brevard 7, Wingate 6
Wingate fought back to tie the game at six in the top of the seventh on a three-run homer from Allison, but Renegar’s RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh won the game for Brevard.
Stuart drove in two more runs to lead the attack for the Tornados in game two, while Kameron Armacost also drove in two runs. O’Dell added a pair of hits, an RBI and two runs scored.
Allison had a homer, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wingate attack. Senior outfielder Dodson McPherson (Graham, N.C.) was three-for-four with a homer and two RBI, while freshman catcher Josh Clark (Clemmons, N.C.) was two-for-four with an RBI.
Wingate took the lead in the first when McPherson singled, went to third on Clark’s single and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Tedder. McPherson connected a solo shot in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Brevard scored four times in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. O’Dell got it started with an RBI double, while a two-run single from Armacost put the Tornados on top.
Allison drew a one-out walk in the sixth, then scored on Clark’s RBI single to make it 4-3. The Bulldogs would load the bases with one out in the frame, but were unable to plate any more runs.
The Tornados added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on Stuart’s fifth home run of the season, with his two-run shot clearing the fence in left field to make the score 6-3.
The Bulldogs would not go away in the top of the seventh, getting two runners on via an error and hit batsman, bringing Allison to the plate, where he connected on a three-run shot to left center to tie the game at six.
Brevard had the answer in the seventh, getting a leadoff single from O’Dell. Renegar would follow by ripping the game-winning walk-off triple to right center, giving the Tornados the 7-6 victory.
Haithcox picked up his third win of the season, working two-thirds of an inning without allowing a hit. Karr took the loss after allowing a run on four hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out two.
Brevard returns to non-conference action on Tuesday, April 10th, as the Tornados welcome North Greenville University to Gil Coan Field for a nine-inning contest. First pitch between the Tornados and the Crusaders is set for 3 p.m.