Tornados take first two games of series against Newberry

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College baseball team took the first two games of the series against Newberry on Saturday afternoon during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action, taking game one by a score of 9-3, while shutting the Wolves out 5-0 in the second game at Gil Coan Field.

The Tornados improve to 12-12 overall and 7-9 in the SAC while the Wolves fall to 12-11 and 5-6. The story in game one was a six-run fifth inning for the Tornados while Zac Joyce pitched seven innings in a shutout during game two.

During the first game after trailing 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, the Tornados erupted for six runs. Brennan Allen began the inning with a lead-off double down the left field line. He moved over on a groundout to third before scoring when Hunter Donaldson reached on an error by the second baseman.

Donaldson moved advanced two bases on a short single to right by John Slade before scoring on a Kody Spencer single. Spencer advanced to second on a fielding error while Slade moved to third. Slade came around to score two batters later to put Brevard up 4-2.

Then with no outs in the inning and the bases loaded, two runners scored when the pitcher tried to throw William O’Hara out at home. Pat Quinn scored after the ball skipped by the catcher to put the Tornados ahead 6-2.
Brevard added three runs in the sixth and seventh inning to go up 9-2 before Jo Jo Bradley hit a solo shot to right field with two outs in the ninth for the Wolves. Tyler Konzen picked up the save after going three innings in relief to close out the game for Brevard. Donaldson went six innings on the mound to earn the win, giving up two runs, one earned, while scattering eight hits and striking out three. He also walked two
Spencer had three hits and two RBI’s in the first game while O’Hara had two hits and an RBI along with two runs scored.

Wesley Camp took the loss for Newberry, pitching seven full innings, allowing 12 hits, and giving up nine runs while only four of them were earned. He struck out five batters on 114 pitches.
In game two, the Joyce settled down after putting himself in a jam in the first inning. He retired the first batter of the game before allowing the next three batters to reach base. He struck out Brandon Sheridan before Jeff Sneed flied out to right to end the inning.

Both teams went down in order before the Tornados scored the eventual game-winners in the bottom of the second.

Spencer began the inning smacking a single to center field before advancing to third on a single by Christian Dix with no outs. Quinn then reached on a fielder’s choice while Spencer was thrown out at the plate. With runners on the corners, Brayden Morris singled down the right field line to plate Dix and advancing Quinn to third. Then while Morris was caught stealing at second, Dix made the heads up play and ran home on the throw down to second to put Brevard up 2-0.

Newberry went down in order in the third before the Tornados scored three runs in the home half of the inning. Newberry threatened with a runner in scoring position in the top of the fourth but could not bring him around.

Joyce then retired the six of the next seven batters he faced, allowing just a walk in the sixth. The Wolves then had their first two runners reach base in the top of the seventh before Joyce retired the next three hitters to close out the game.

Joyce finished the game scattering four hits and striking out three while giving up four walks. Dix had two RBI’s in the second game along with two hits and a run scored.

The Tornados wrap up the weekend series against Newberry tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Gil Coan Field.

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