Six-Run Sixth Fuels BC Victory in 2014 Opener

BREVARD, N.C.-The Brevard College baseball team pushed across six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead on their way to an 11-3 win over the Montreat College Cavaliers in the 2014 season opener at Gil Coan Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Trailing 3-1 with two outs in the home half of the sixth, Brevard’s Chad Fisher tied it up with a two-run single to centerfield that scored Kody Spencer and Matt Proffitt. Brevard freshman Ryan Ahlum walked and Aaron Goforth was hit by a pitch to load the bases for freshman Brock Helton.

Helton dumped a bases-clearing double down the leftfield line to put BC in front 6-3, and later scored on a Montreat fielding error to make it a four-run game. Helton also knocked in BC’s first run with a single in the fifth and singled up the middle to score a run in the seventh, finishing the game 4-for-5 with five RBI’s. 

The Tornados scored a total four runs in the seventh on three hits, a hit batsmen and a walk.

Tornado reliever Dustin Haithcox (W, 1-0) held the Cavaliers scoreless in the top of the 6th inning to earn the win as nine different pitchers threw an inning for the Tornados. J.D. Chaplain made the start for BC, surrendering three unearned runs after a throwing error prolonged the bottom of the first.
After a run scored on a BC throwing error, Montreat’s Wes Aulet gapped a two-run double to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. The BC pitching staff held Montreat scoreless for the rest of the game, and only allowed four hits over the final eight innings.

The Tornados begin South Atlantic Conference play this weekend as they visit the Carson-Newman Eagles for a three-game series at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex. First pitch in the opener is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 12 p.m.

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