Three-run fourth propels Brevard to victory over EmmanuelMarch 9, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College baseball team used a three-run fourth inning to down the visiting Emmanuel Lions 4-1 on Monday afternoon and win its third game in the last four contests.
Brock Helton led the way at the plate for Brevard (10-11), going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to spark an opportunistic offense that trailed 10-7 in the hits column but took advantage of four Lions’ (3-17) defensive errors to score three unearned runs.
The Tornados were unable to push a run across through the first three innings, but broke through against Emmanuel starter Hudson Jacob in the fourth. Hunter Donaldson reached on a fielding error and was moved to second on a one-out single by Kody Spencer. Helton then hit an RBI single through the left side that was misplayed by the left fielder, putting two runners in scoring position for Josh Hall. Hall’s RBI groundout gave Brevard its second run of the inning before Helton came home on a throwing error for the game’s third run.
The Lions got a run back in the top of the fifth. Hunter Barton led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. An RBI single from Elliot Beard brought the Lions to within two runs.
Brevard scored another run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a Christian Dix sacrifice fly to push its advantage to 4-1.The Lions attempted to close the gap in the next frame, advancing a runner to third base on a single, a sacrifice bunt, and a groundout to the right side of the infield, but Chip Helton struck out Dacen Cash on eight pitches to end the threat.
Kyle Pittman earned his second win to even his record on the season. Pittman allowed five hits in his six innings on the mound, walking one batter with three punchouts. Ryan Williams allowed two hits in the ninth inning but earned his first save of the year in closing out the three-run victory.
Pittman worked into and out of trouble in the first inning, giving up a hard single to right field and a blooper just behind the second base bag to put runners on the corners with two outs before striking out Emmanuel’s top hitter in Daniel Shealy to end the inning.
Center fielder Elliot Beard had two hits and tallied Emmanuel’s lone RBI of the day, while shortstop Dacen Cash also had a multi-hit game. Hudson Jacob took the loss despite not allowing an earned run, allowing five hits and issuing one free pass in addition to recording a strikeout.
Brevard will travel to Erskine for a nonconference tilt at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday before returning to Gil Coan Field for a weekend series with Newberry inside South Atlantic Conference play. First pitch of Friday’s game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at noon.