Tornados complete sweep of Lions

Box Score

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The situation looked bleak after the first inning, when Emmanuel pounced on visiting Brevard for five early runs.

But Brevard (3-0) held the Lions to one run over the final eight frames, taking the lead on a go-ahead solo home run by Kody Spencer in the seventh to earn a 10-6 win, sweep the series with Emmanuel (0-5), and begin the season 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

Spencer’s solo shot to left-center came on a 1-1 offering from Brett Rivers with one out. The Tornados then added an insurance run in the form of Josh Hall on a perfectly-placed squeeze play by Pat Quinn after Hall singled through the left side and stole two bases to place himself 90 feet away.

Brevard tacked on three more runs in the ninth inning to blow the game open. Spencer smashed a first-pitch single into center field with two outs to put a runner on for Josh Hall, who lifted the first pitch he saw over the fence in left to make the score 9-6. Two pitches later, Proffitt notched his third RBI of the day on a solo shot.

Kyle Pittman earned the win after four strong innings in relief of Tyler Luneke. The junior left-hander gave up a run on three hits in four innings on the mound, two of which came in the ninth inning with Emmanuel attempting to mount a rally trailing by four runs.

Luneke, a freshman right-hander from Naples, Florida, got the start in the series finale. He gave up five runs on three hits in the first inning, including a bases-clearing triple by Brock Baughcum that stretched the lead to 5-1 with two outs.

But Luneke settled in after the first, allowing just one additional hit in his five total innings of work. With Luneke holding the Lions at bay, Brevard’s offense was able to slowly warm up.
Kyle Morrison notched both of the Tornados’ first two RBI’s, grounding out to score Hunter Donaldson in the first before doubling in Christian Dix in the third. Morrison again had a hand in the scoring in a three-run fifth that knotted the teams at five. Morrison walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out after a free pass to Donaldson and a single through the right side by Ryan Smith.

Spencer singled up the middle, allowing Donaldson to score the first run of the inning. Two batters later, pinch hitter Matthew Proffitt ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Morrison and Smith.

Brevard notched 10 runs on 12 hits in the contest after a 15-run, 18-hit performance in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Gil Coan Field. The Tornados are hitting .377 as a team with a .528 slugging percentage through the season’s first weekend.

The Tornados return to action with a doubleheader against the Tornado of King University. Tuesday’s first pitch from Gil Coan Field is scheduled for noon.

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