Tornados take series with dramatic victoryMarch 29, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – A strong performance from starting pitcher J.D. Chaplain and a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled Brevard to a 7-5 win in the rubber game of a three-game South Atlantic Conference series with Lincoln Memorial.
Lincoln Memorial was opportunistic in the eighth inning, tying the game by scoring two runs on one hit and three Brevard errors. The defensive miscues came in Tyler Konzen’s first inning on the mound, costing him a save opportunity despite not giving up an earned run.
Josh Hall, a seventh-inning defensive replacement, made sure Konzen would be in line for the win in his only plate appearance of the afternoon. With two runners on and two outs, Hall took a full-count offering and smacked a single through the left side to regain the lead for Brevard. Another run came home on an errant throw in an attempt to pick Hall off at first, allowing Donaldson to trot home from third.
Quinn gave the Tornados the lead in the fourth inning. Brevard had jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by William O’Hara in the second inning but fell behind by a run when the Railsplitters exploded for two runs on three hits, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the fourth. With two runners in scoring position and one out in the inning, Quinn laced a single through the left side to give Brevard a 3-2 advantage that the Tornados would not relinquish.
The Tornados added a pair of runs to their lead in a disastrous sixth inning for Lincoln Memorial. Quinn was hit by a pitch following an infield single by O’Hara, then both runners were advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Smith’s gave Brevard a three-run cushion with an RBI single up the middle before moving to second on a wild pitch during Hunter Donaldson’s at-bat.
The Railsplitters elected to intentionally walk Donaldson to set up a force play at any base. With the bases loaded, Joseph Mesi lifted a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed Smith to move to third. The Tornados nearly scored again, but Christian Dix’s ground ball to the left side of the infield was gobbled up for a fielder’s choice and the third out of the inning.
Chaplain earned a no-decision after scattering 10 hits across 7.0 innings of work. He gave up three runs, all of which were earned, and tallied seven strikeouts. Wes Todd was saddled with the loss for Lincoln Memorial after giving up six runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings on the mound.
The Tornados return to action on Tuesday night with their second matchup in six days against North Greenville. First pitch from Tigerville, South Carolina is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.