Tornados fall to Anderson in rubber game of series

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ANDERSON, S.C. – Brevard fell 6-0 to Anderson in the rubber game of the teams’ three-game weekend series, succumbing to a dominant performance by the Trojans’ pitching staff.

The duo of Nick Contafio and Michael Skelly combined to shut down the Tornados’ (17-22, 11-15 SAC) offense over the course of nine innings, allowing three base hits and seven total baserunners in the contest. Contafio was especially impressive in the winning effort, giving up three hits in seven innings and tallying nine strikeouts against two bases on balls. He lowered his season ERA to a miniscule 0.64 in the win, his second of the season.

For the second consecutive day, the Tornados got significant offensive contributions from the duo of John Slade and Christian Dix. Slade led off the game with a single, marking the 11th time in the last 12 games that Slade has reached base safely with a hit.

Dix was 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles to account for Brevard’s remaining hits on the afternoon. For the weekend, Dix hit .500 (5-for-10) with two triples and had a pair of runs batted in. He reached base three times on walks to raise his on-base percentage to .615 and slugged .900 in the three-game series.

The Trojans (17-20, 11-13 SAC) wrested control of the game away from the Tornados in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. Anderson scored two runs in the inning, one of which was unearned after a ball was misplayed in the infield, and accounted for three hits in the frame. They tacked on three runs over the next two innings courtesy of RBI singles by Garrett Bernardo and L.J. Newman and a Brett Cash sacrifice fly to up their lead to 5-0. An unearned eighth-inning insurance run off reliever Teke Scudder punctuated the contest.

Center fielder Stephen McNight had a standout game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s in helping the Trojans outhit Brevard 13-4. Nick Bernardo also had three hits and recorded an RBI, while Newman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another batted in.

J.D. Chaplain suffered the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings on the mound. He did not walk a batter and tallied three strikeouts. Scudder finished the game by giving up a run on five hits over the final three frames.

Brevard will next travel to face nonconference foe Montreat on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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