Regionally-ranked Erskine rallies to defeat BrevardMarch 1, 2016
DUE WEST, S.C. – Brevard raced out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning against regionally-ranked Erskine on Tuesday afternoon, but the Flying Fleet rebounded with a five-run inning of their own and pulled away late for a 12-8 victory over the Tornados.
The lead changed hands three times during the contest, with Erskine’s (15-4) three-run sixth propelling the Fleet to the win. Erskine, which entered the contest ranked eighth in the latest Southeast Region poll, saw six players record multi-hit days, including a four-hit game with three runs batted in by third baseman Chaz Davey.
The Tornados (6-10), however, displayed significant offensive firepower of their own. The fifth through eighth spots in the lineup provided the most punch, combining for seven hits in 16 at-bats with six runs scored and six batted in. Right fielder Brennan Allen had the most impressive day at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance that included two runs scored and two RBI.
Brevard put together a two-out rally to strike for five runs in the first inning off Erskine starter Isaac Rodgers. Christian Dix began a string of six straight Tornados to reach safely on a first-pitch single to left field. Brayden Morris delivered the biggest blow, smacking a two-run double to left center to extend the lead after Pat Quinn, Parker Hubbard, and Allen all recorded RBI’s.
The Tornados were remarkably aggressive in the inning, batting around on just 26 pitches with only two batters seeing more than three offerings from Rodgers. He was chased from the game with one out in the sixth after giving up eight runs on nine hits.
Erskine used a five-run inning of its own in the second to take its first lead of the game, but found itself trailing 8-7 after Josh Hall’s sixth-inning RBI fielder’s choice to the second baseman and an unearned run crossing the plate.
In the bottom of the frame, Erskine pulled ahead for good after a costly error extended the inning. A sacrifice fly tied the score at eight with two outs in the frame before Davey’s two-run homer on the next pitch put Erskine ahead 10-8.
Brevard had two on and one out in the eighth but was unable to push across a run before Erskine pulled away with two runs in the bottom of the frame and set the Tornados down in order in the ninth.
Joe Johnson earned the win in relief for Erskine, allowing one hit in 3.2 innings of work. Dalton McKee pitched well in his 3.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on just two hits, but saw his record drop to 0-2 on the season despite holding the team’s lowest ERA (1.93) of any Brevard pitcher with more than four innings of work on the season.
Brevard returns to action tomorrow with a home game against North Greenville. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.