Tornados split with Cobras in Saturday doubleheader

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard won a dramatic back-and-forth contest in the opening game of a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Coker before falling in the rubber game of the series later in the afternoon.

The Tornados (6-9, 1-2 SAC) scored a 10-8 win in the first game on the strength of a 133-pitch outing from Tyler Konzen. Brevard was unable to replicate the same level of production in the second game, however, falling 16-2 after Coker tallied 11 runs through the first four innings to put the game out of reach.

Konzen labored at times, particularly in allowing six runs between the third and fifth innings, but got stronger as the game went on. He retired 10 of 11 batters beginning with a foulout for the second out of the fifth, including seven straight at one point, before being lifted after a two-out infield single in the eighth.

Drake Black got the final four outs of the game to earn his first career save. After retiring the first Cobra (13-4, 2-1 SAC) he faced in the ninth, Thomas Lopez and Miguel Frias put together back-to-back singles to put the tying run aboard. But catcher Jack Leech rolled over Black’s first offering, grounding into a 6-4-3 game-ending double play to end the see-saw affair with a Brevard victory.

The Tornados opened a 7-3 advantage with a six-run second inning highlighted by a pair of sacrifice flies and a squeeze play by Kody Spencer to score Kyle Morrison. Coker came roaring back through the middle innings before the Tornados took the lead for good in the seventh.

Christian Dix ripped a one-out double to left center, and a Spencer walked put two runners on for Parker Hubbard. The senior second baseman singled to right center to score the first run of the inning. Two batters later, Brennan Allen lifted the first pitch he saw into right field for Brevard’s third sacrifice fly of the game, pushing the advantage to two runs. Each team would score once in the eighth before Black protected the two-run lead to preserve the win.

Seven Brevard starters tallied hits in the game, including six players with two hits apiece. Spencer led all Tornados with two runs scored and two more batted in. Right fielder Will Winslow provided the bulk of the offensive fireworks for the Cobras, finishing with a double, a home run, four RBI, and a pair of runs scored on a 3-for-5 day at the plate.

Coker pounced early and never looked back in the second game of the day that delivered a series win to the visitors. Winslow continued his stellar work at the plate with two more hits and three RBI, while Lopez and Leech showed the way with three hits apiece.

Brevard was able to break through with a run on Smith’s RBI single in the third and pushed another run across on an RBI double by Josh Hall, but Coker’s 14-8 advantage in hits was indicative of the Cobras’ sizable advantage in the run column.

The Tornados return to action on Tuesday with a nonconference game at Erskine. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.

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