Middle innings surge lifts Brevard past MontreatFebruary 11, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Coming from behind for the third time this season, Brevard scored a 7-2 win over Montreat at Gil Coan Field Thursday afternoon to move to 4-0 for the first time since joining the NCAA ranks prior to the 2009 season.
The Tornados did all of their damage in the third through fifth innings after falling behind 1-0 on consecutive one-out hits in the top of the first. A two-out, bases-loaded single from Hunter Donaldson in the bottom of the third opened the scoring for the Tornados, with the senior pouncing on the first pitch he saw from Montreat starter John Cassandra to give Brevard the lead.
Pat Quinn added two RBI of his own an inning later as the shortstop combined with Matthew Proffitt and Josh Hall to give pitcher Traylor Cornelius a rude welcome with three consecutive hits. Christian Dix added a third run after a sacrifice bunt from Brayden Morris advanced Quinn to third, bringing his teammate home with a single into right center.
The Tornados pushed two more runs across on RBI hits by Hall and Quinn to extend the lead to 7-1, giving the Tornados’ pitching staff more than enough offense to work with. Starter Jay Phillips earned the win in a predetermined split, giving up a run on three hits through four innings of work.
Michael Merryman also went four innings and allowed a run on four hits, finishing with a game-high four strikeouts. Dalton McKee pitched a perfect ninth inning in his first action of the season. Montreat’s Cassandra picked up the loss after giving up a pair of runs on two hits in his three innings on the mound.
Dix, Proffitt, Hall, and Quinn each finished with a pair of hits on the afternoon, with Donaldson and Ryan Smith rounding out Brevard’s total of 10 hits. Quinn led the Tornados with three RBI.
Brevard played errorless defense for the second time on the young season, lifting the Tornados’ fielding percentage to an impressive .980 thus far in 2016.
The Tornados return to action tomorrow, traveling to face Newberry in a nonconference game Friday. Brevard will then play twice more at the Smith Road Complex on Saturday, facing Young Harris and King in neutral-site contests at the home of the Wolves. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.