Tornados down Coker 11-5February 6, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard used a spectacular offensive performance to dispatch of Coker 11-5 on Friday afternoon at Gil Coan Field in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.
Brevard (3-1, 1-0 SAC) scored in six of its eight trips to the plate, totaling 11 runs and pounding out 16 hits as six Tornados had multi-hit games. First baseman Hunter Donaldson led the offensive charge with a three-hit performance, notching two RBIs and scoring three runs in the process.
The Tornados wasted no time in rattling Coker (1-2, 0-1 SAC) starting pitcher Dallas Baldwin, who was lifted after allowing five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work. Leadoff hitter Brennan Allen turned on the second pitch he saw for a double to left field before coming around to score three batters later on an RBI double down the left field line by Joseph Mesi. Matthew Proffit knocked in another run on a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 2-0 after the first frame.
Brevard added an additional three runs in the second inning. Ryan Smith singled on the first pitch from Baldwin before Brayden Morris doubled to place two in scoring position with none out. Allen delivered the big blow, lacing a double just inside the left field line to score both runners. An RBI single to left field by Donaldson brought Allen home, giving Brevard a 5-1 lead and chasing Baldwin from the game.
The offensive outburst continued in the third inning, with Tornados batters racking up another run on four hits against John Lauttenbach. Brevard combined to send 14 men to the plate in the second and third innings, scoring four runs and totaling nine hits. Brevard added two runs in the fourth and fifth innings and a single run in the eighth, while Coker managed single runs in five innings and stranded nine runners on the basepaths.
J.D. Chaplain earned the win for the Tornados, allowing three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. He threw 94 pitches before giving way to Tyler Konzen, who closed out the game with eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. He gave up two runs on three hits and didn’t issue a free pass. His best frame came in the eighth inning, when he retired the first two batters on strikeouts and induced a flyout to right field for the only 1-2-3 inning of the game for Brevard.
Several Tornados had stellar days at the plate. In addition to Donaldson’s performance, Allen went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two batted in. Pat Quinn and Christian Dix each had two hits with a run scored and an RBI, while Smith and Morris each contributed two hits and a run scored.
Matthew Proffit, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, now leads the team with a .615 batting average, with Donaldson not far behind at .588. Both figures currently rank in the top five in the conference.
The Tornados and Cobras will conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon. The teams will play a nine-inning game at noon with a seven-inning game to follow.