No. 14 Erskine downs Brevard on 10th inning walk-offMarch 11, 2015
DUE WEST, S.C. – The Brevard College baseball team scored five runs in the eighth inning to take an 8-6 lead at Erskine Wednesday afternoon, but the 14th-ranked Flying Fleet scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth and got a walk-off home run from shortstop Brandon Overstreet an inning later to escape with a 9-8 victory.
Trailing by two runs in the final inning, Erskine (18-2) loaded the bases on a double, a walk, and a fielding error with nobody out. Drake Black entered the game and induced a foulout and a popup for the first two outs of the inning. Down to its final strike, a two-run single from Hanlon Maivelett sent the game into extra innings.
The Tornados (10-12) got two runners aboard in the top of the 10th but grounded into an inning-ending double play. Erskine responded with Overstreet’s one-out game-winner that cleared the fence in left center to give the hosts an improbable victory.
Black suffered the loss for the Tornados, giving up a run on two hits in 1.1 innings on the mound. Brevard used seven pitchers in the game with none lasting longer than two innings. Erskine’s Noah Hinzman picked up his first win of the year after allowing a hit in two innings pitched.
The Tornados trailed 6-3 with two outs and no one on in the top of the eighth before mounting a five-run rally to take an 8-6 lead. Hunter Donaldson laced a 2-2 offering to left center to start the rally before a single and a walk loaded the bases. Brennan Allen coaxed a full-count walk to drive in the first run of the inning. Brevard tied the game two pitches later, scoring a pair of unearned runs on an error by the shortstop. Pat Quinn topped off the inning with a two-run single to right center that put the Tornados ahead by two runs.
Brevard scored a run on a two-out wild pitch in the first inning, but Erskine jumped out to a 3-1 lead with a run in the bottom of the frame and two more in the second inning. A sacrifice fly in the fourth inning gave the Fleet a three-run advantage that they would maintain until the sixth.
Brevard’s defense, however, kept Erskine’s lead from becoming insurmountable. Brennan Allen notched his sixth outfield assist of the season by throwing out a runner trying to score from second on a two-out single. Brevard escaped further damage in the second on a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play, while another twin killing ended a bases-loaded Erskine threat in the fifth.
The Tornados notched 11 hits on the afternoon and got multi-hit days from Donaldson, John Slade, and Christian Dix. Quinn had three runs batted in to lead the Tornados in that category, adding an RBI groundout to his two-run single.
Brevard will return to action Friday at Gil Coan Field as the Tornados play host to Newberry in the first game of a three-game conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.