Carson-Newman takes series with doubleheader sweep

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard was unable to complete a late-innings rally in the first game of a doubleheader with Carson-Newman before the Eagles took the series with a blowout win in the rubber game.


The Eagles (5-3, 4-2 SAC) pushed across three runs in the first two innings and held off the Tornados (7-4, 3-3 SAC) for a 3-1 victory in the day’s first contest. Vince Apicella earned a complete-game win for Carson-Newman, giving up just two hits and one run while recording 13 strikeouts. Apicella retired 11 consecutive batters in the middle innings and threw 141 pitches in the contest, but showed no signs of fatigue in the ninth as he struck out the side to complete the win.


The Tornados rallied in the eighth inning to trim Carson-Newman’s margin by a run. Christian Dix coaxed a walk, then came around to score on an RBI double by Brennan Allen with one out. Allen was moved to third on a groundout to the shortstop by Hunter Donaldson, but Joseph Mesi flew out to right field on a 2-2 offering from Apicella to end the threat and strand Allen 90 feet from home.


Zac Joyce was the hard-luck loser for Brevard. He gave up all three Eagles’ runs but allowed seven hits in 7.0 innings of work. He also recorded seven strikeouts. The Eagles took advantage of early opportunities before Joyce settled in, using a triple and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. They added two more runs an inning later, loading the bases on two walks and a single with no outs. A double play yielded the first run of the inning, and an RBI single up the middle stretched the lead to 3-0.


The opportunistic Eagles also jumped on the Tornados early in the second game of the afternoon as a second-inning offensive outburst propelled Carson-Newman to a 15-5 win. The Eagles scored a single run in the second inning, but sent 13 men to the plate, nine before the first out of the inning was recorded, in a nine-run third that put the game out of reach.


Six more runs in the sixth inning gave Carson-Newman their final total of 15. Brevard scored three times in the seventh, with the big blow coming on a two-run home run by pinch hitter Trey Harris.


The Tornados step out of conference play on Tuesday with a game at Belmont Abbey. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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