Tornados improve to 6-2 with a 10-5 win over Montreat

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BREVARD, N.C. – Kody Spencer had three hits, including a solo shot in the sixth inning to help the Brevard College baseball team to a 10-5 win over Montreat College on Wednesday afternoon at Gil Coan Field.

The Tornados (6-2) have their best start since joining the NCAA in 2008 while the Cavaliers fall to 0-5 on the year.

Spencer also knocked in five RBI’s as he now leads the team with nine. Starting pitcher Hunter Donaldson picked up the win going three full innings, giving up surrendering no runs on one hit, with one walk and a strikeout. He also had three hits on the afternoon, with scored two runs scored, and two RBI’s.

Christian Dix went 4-5 at the plate with a run scored. Ryan Williams went the longest in relief for the Tornados, pitching two effective innings during the sixth and seventh while surrendering one hit while striking out three while facing seven batters.

Montreat tried to take the lead in the first inning but were stopped by great defense by the Tornados. However, leadoff hitter Camden Cox, who started the inning with a walk and stole second, made the final out of the inning after being thrown out at the plate by Brevard’s right fielder, Brennan Allen.

Brevard wasted little time scoring its first run as Donaldson singled with one out in the first. He moved to second on a double by Joseph Mesi before scoring on a Spencer groundout to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Donaldson then retired the next six batters he faced over the second and third inning before the Tornados tacked on a second run in the bottom of the third. Mesi began the inning reaching on a fielding error by the Cavaliers third baseman, Chris Keys. He advanced to second on a single by Spencer before coming home on a RBI single by Pat Quinn.

Montreat cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth before Brevard responded with two runs in the home half of the inning. Montreat scored again to make it 4-2 in the top of the fifth before the Tornados scored again in the bottom of the sixth.

The Tornados, however, opened the floodgates with a five-run seventh. After the first three batters reached base, Allen walked in a run before Donaldson plated two runs on a double to deep right field. Allen then came around to score on a Mesi single before Donaldson scored on a sacrifice fly by Spencer to right.

The Cavaliers battled back in the top of the eighth by scoring two runs. However, they could only score one run in the ninth after getting the first four batters reach base. Travis Fetter lined out to the second baseman with the bases loaded before Cox grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double-play.

Jordan Watts took the loss for the Cavaliers going four innings, scattering nine hits, four runs (three earned) while walking two. The five other pitchers for Brevard went four innings, while giving up five hits, five runs (four earned) and walking just three.

The Tornados host the Eagles of Carson-Newman on Friday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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