Belmont Abbey downs BrevardFebruary 16, 2016
BELMONT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey notched nine runs in the second inning of a nonconference matinee at Abbey Yard, cruising to a 12-6 victory over Brevard.
The Tornados (4-4) outhit the Crusaders (5-3-1) 11-10 in the contest, but were unable to find timely hits at critical junctures. Brevard left runners on base in seven of the nine innings, totaling 15 men stranded on the basepaths.
Belmont Abbey chased starter Michael Merryman in the second inning after six of the first seven Crusaders to bat in the inning reached base safely. Tyler Timms pitched 4.1 innings of relief, getting the final out of the second frame before giving up a run on three hits over the rest of his outing.
Josh Hall’s first-ever appearance on the mound was extremely successful. The junior did not give up a hit in his two innings of work, walking a batter while recording a pair of strikeouts.
Brevard scored single runs in the first, second, fifth, and ninth innings and crossed the plate twice in the seventh. Parker Hubbard grounded out to the shortstop in his first at-bat before hitting safely in his final four plate appearances. He sprayed singles to right and center, reached on an infield single and scored in the ninth.
His most impressive appearance, however, came in the seventh, when he hit a booming first-pitch double into the gap in left center to score two runs. He raised his season batting average from .333 to a team-high .500 in the contest, now leads Brevard in slugging at .857, and is one of six Tornados tied for the team lead in RBI.
Christian Dix and Schuyler Martire each totaled two hits on the afternoon, while fifth-inning substitution Noah Poteat coaxed two walks and scored a run. Kyle Morrison was 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Brevard returns to the diamond tomorrow with a 2:00 p.m. game against King. First pitch from Gil Coan Field is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.