Dix, Slade set records in doubleheader split with Anderson

ANDERSON, S.C. – Brevard got a slew of standout individual performances in Friday’s doubleheader at Anderson, but the Trojans rebounded from a 10-2 loss in the early game to score a 5-4 walk-off win in the second contest to force a rubber game tomorrow afternoon.

Brevard took a slim 3-2 lead on a bases-clearing triple by John Slade in the top of the fourth inning of Game Two but found itself deadlocked again after Anderson’s Travis Smith led off the bottom of the frame with a home run to center field. The score remained tied until the sixth, when Slade notched his fourth RBI of the day on a double to right center that gave Brevard another one-run advantage.

The score held until the bottom of the seventh. The Trojans placed the leadoff batter aboard on a single to left field on an 0-1 offering from Tyler Konzen. Two pitches later, Steven Cooper launched a home run to right center to give Anderson a dramatic come-from-behind victory and keep the Tornados from clinching their fourth victory in the last five conference series.

John Slade had a tremendous day at the plate, going 5-for-9 with two runs scored and four RBI across the doubleheader. He tied a Brevard single-game NCAA-era record with two doubles in Friday’s second game.

Slade has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and has eight multi-hit games in that span, including both of Friday’s contests and six of the last seven games overall. Since his streak began on March 21 in the first game of a doubleheader against Lenoir-Rhyne, Slade has raised his batting average 73 percentage points by batting .457 (21-for-46) with 10 RBI. He also has seven extra-base hits in the span and is slugging .652.

Christian Dix had a standout performance in Brevard’s 10-2 win in the day’s first game, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair batted in. Dix scored Brevard’s second run of the day after launching a first-pitch triple into Memorial Stadium’s spacious gap in right center and racing home on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.

Moments later, he became the first Brevard player in the NCAA era to hit two triples in a game, crushing a pitch to nearly the same spot to drive home two more runs in a six-run fifth inning that saw Brevard send 10 men to the plate.

The Tornados pounded out 12 hits in the game in support of Hunter Donaldson, who needed 121 pitches to get through eight innings and earn the victory. He struck out seven batters and allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits. Hitting for himself in the offensive lineup, Donaldson went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI, including two on a home run to straightaway center in the sixth inning. Catcher Brayden Morris was the fourth Brevard player to notch a multi-hit day with a 2-for-3 performance.

Brevard also had a solid day defensively, committing only one error in 16 innings of play while turning their 37th double play of the season, a figure that leads Division II and ranks behind only Texas Tech and Notre Dame in all of college baseball.

Zac Joyce earned a no-decision in the day’s second game after the Trojan bats came alive in the seventh inning. He gave up three runs on four hits in the contest, striking out eight batters but issuing six walks. Had Brevard held on for the victory, Joyce would have earned his fourth win in his last five outings dating back to a March 7 contest with Mars Hill.

The Tornados and Trojans will do battle tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in the rubber game of the season series. Links to video, audio, and live statistical coverage are available through www.bctornados.com.

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