Tornados and Railsplitters Split DH
Brevard, N.C.-The Brevard College Tornados scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 7-5 victory in the night cap of a doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial at Gil Coan Field on Saturday afternoon after the Railsplitters took the series with a 20-5 win in the opener.
Game 1: LMU 20, Brevard 5
Lincoln Memorial scored in all but two innings thanks to 20 hits and six BC fielding errors.
Six Railsplitters had more than one hit, and were headlined by Cody Baker’s 4-for-5 performance. Baker was also one of four LMU hitters to drive in multiple runs.
BC starter Brennan Daniels (L, 1-4) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only three earned runs over 5.1 innings on the hill for the Tornados. BC committed five fielding errors with Daniels on the mound, leading to seven unearned runs.
Game 2: Brevard 7, LMU 5
The Tornados plated three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a 7-4 lead after LMU tied the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the 6th.
Aaron Goforth worked a one-out walk in the 6th before Champ Stuart doubled to right field to put runners on second and third. John Slade gave BC a 5-4 lead with a single to right field before Cody Queen singled through the right side to make it 6-4.
Matt Proffitt’s two-out groundball was misplayed by LMU second baseman Andre Rodriguez, which allowed Slade to score from second and put BC ahead by three.
BC starter Zach Joyce tossed 5.1 innings while allowing four runs (three earned), but received a no-decision after LMU tied the game in the 6th. Chad Fisher (W, 1-0) got the final two outs of the 6th in relief of Joyce, but not before allowing the game-tying single to Cody Baker.
LMU recorded back-to-back singles to start the 7th as Rodriguez singled to lead off and scored on Nick Pressley’s double to make it 7-5. The Tornados called on Bennett Hixson (S, 2) to replace Fisher for the final three outs.
Hixson entered with Pressley on second, and quickly induced a strikeout and infield pop fly before allowing a single and walk to load the bases with two outs. Hixson then stranded the bases loaded after getting Baker to fly to center to end the game.
The Tornados continue their six-game home stand as they host Lander University for a doubleheader at Gil Coan Field on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.