Luneke's gem highlights doubleheader split with Mars HillFebruary 20, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Following a deflating 9-6 loss to Mars Hill in Game One, Tyler Luneke threw a three-hit complete-game masterpiece to lead Brevard to a 10-0 win and doubleheader split with visiting Mars Hill.
Luneke earned the win for his first collegiate decision, shutting down the Lions (10-3) through all seven innings of the second leg of the twinbill. Luneke allowed doubles in the second and fifth innings and an infield single in the seventh.
Although he set the Lions down in order only once, Luneke did not allow a baserunner to advance past second base. Mars Hill’s three hits equaled a season low for the Lions and represented the best mark for the Tornados’ pitching staff in 2016.
The Brevard (5-6) offense was firing on all cylinders in Game Two, scoring at least one run in each of its six turns at the plate. Brevard took the lead when Christian Dix came around to score on Ryan Smith’s booming RBI double two batters into the game and never looked back.
Five Tornados tallied at least two hits in the contest, paced by a 3-for-3 day with two runs scored and an RBI by Brayden Morris. Dix, Matthew Proffitt, Josh Hall, and Brennan Allen also notched multiple hits, with Proffitt and Hall joining Morris by scoring twice. Pat Quinn hit a solo home run in the second inning to stretch the lead.
Brevard notched 14 hits in total, the 10th time in 11 games that the Tornados have reached double figures in hits.
Brevard’s offensive outburst and Luneke’s masterful performance came on the heels of a disappointing loss in the first game of the day. Brevard built a sizable lead on the strength of a four-run third inning highlighted by run-scoring hits from Smith, Kody Spencer, and Proffitt. The lead ballooned to five runs when Quinn scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.
But an opportunistic Mars Hill team broke through with five runs in the seventh, hitting three RBI singles in addition to taking advantage of two Tornados’ wild pitches and a throwing error. Brevard snatched the lead back in the bottom of the inning on a Hall RBI single.
Mars Hill’s Evan Rogers doubled to center field in the top of the eighth to deadlock the score at six moments before a three-run home run on a full count by Dylan Powers delivered the game to the Lions. The Tornados attempted to mount a two-out rally in the eighth but left both runners stranded and went down in order in the ninth.
Brevard and Mars Hill will conclude their three-game series on Sunday. First pitch from Gil Coan Field is set for 1:00 p.m.