Strong pitching from Chaplain leads Tornados over Carson-Newman, 8-2

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BREVARD, N.C. – J.D. Chaplain had a solid performance on the mound, picking up his second win of the season as the Brevard College baseball team defeated Carson-Newman, 8-2, on Friday afternoon during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action at Gil Coan Field.

Chaplain went seven strong innings for the Tornados (7-2, 3-1 SAC), giving up two runs on six hits while fanning five and walking just one.

Hunter Donaldson, Ryan Smith, and Pat Quinn all had three hits on the day while Ryan and Quinn each scored two runs. Quinn, along with Brennan Allen and Christian Dix, had two RBI’s on the day.

The Eagles (3-3, 2-2 SAC) were led by Ryan Addington, who had two of the team’s six hits along with an RBI and a run scored while Joe Rotelli had the other RBI along with a hit.

Carson-Newman struck first in the opening inning as Addington led off the game with a single with a two strike count. He moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt before advancing to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Rotelli.

After going down in order in the home half of the first, the Tornados exploded for four runs in the second. After the first batter of the inning pooped out to the short stop, John Slade and Smith both reached base on back-to-back singles.

Quinn brought home Slade on an RBI single before Allen brought in Quinn and Smith with a single through the middle. Donaldson brought in Christian Dix, who had walked, with a two out single as well for a 4-1 lead.

After both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth innings, the Eagles cut the lead in half during the top half of the fifth. Brandon Roberts began the inning with a single between first and second before advancing to second on a bunt. Addington singled to left field to bring Roberts in but got caught rounding first too wide thrown out on a 7-5-3 putout.

Brevard answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Joseph Mesi reached on an infield single before Kody Spencer walked. Both runners advanced a base on as Slade put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to third, before Mesi came around to score on a Smith single.

Quinn doubled down the left field line to score Spencer before Dix brought home Quinn and Smith on a double to deep left center.  Carson-Newman escaped the rest of the inning but the damage had been done.

Chaplain retired six of the next seven batters he faced before giving way to Tyler Konzen, who pitched two perfect innings of relief to hold on for a 8-2 victory. Konzen struck out three of the six batters he faced.

Quinton Yocom (0-2) took the loss for the Eagles going five innings, scattering 11 hits and eight runs while walking and striking out two batters. Dustin Baston went three innings in relief giving up three hits.

The Tornados host the Eagles of Carson-Newman tomorrow for the final two games of the series. Game one is set to begin at noon at Gil Coan Field.

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