Tornados drop pair to Catawba

SALISBURY, N.C. – With its three-game South Atlantic Conference series reduced to two seven-inning games and moved to Monday, the Tornados suffered a sweep at the hands of Catawba highlighted by a no-hitter from the Indians’ Craig Brooks.


Brooks earned the win in the first game, a 4-0 Indians’ victory, by pitching a complete-game 7.0 innings without surrendering a hit. The Catawba (8-3, 3-2 SAC) hurler tallied seven strikeouts and faced three batters over the minimum, stymying the Tornados’ (7-6, 3-5 SAC) bats.


The Tornados mounted a threat in the second inning after John Slade and Joseph Mesi coaxed walks from Brooks. A popup to the shortstop ended the inning, however, and the Indians wouldn’t allow a Brevard runner to advance past first base for the rest of the contest.


After three trouble-free innings, the Indians broke through on Brevard starter J.D. Chaplain in the fourth frame. Hitting for himself, Brooks drove home the first run of the inning on a one-out RBI double, then came around to score on a bases-loaded single two batters later that plated two runs. Catawba would tack on another run before the inning was over, giving Brooks more than enough insurance to pick up the victory.


The Indians earned a 7-0 win in the second game of the day behind another masterful performance from its pitching staff. Catawba allowed two hits in the contest, both of which came on back-to-back pitches. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third, Tyler Tant reached on a one-out single to the shortstop. William O’Hara then rocketed the first pitch he saw into center field to put two runners on with one out.


A wild pitch and a walk loaded the bases before Hunter Donaldson flew out to right field for the second out of the inning. Tant attempted to come in to score on the play but was gunned down at the plate by right fielder Luke Setzer to end the Brevard threat. Catawba tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning and three in the fourth to seal the win.


Brevard will travel to Limestone tomorrow for a 2:00 p.m. game with the Saints in Gaffney, South Carolina.

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