Brevard falls to North GreenvilleMarch 2, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College baseball team fell to visiting North Greenville in nonconference action on Wednesday afternoon at Gil Coan Field.
The Crusaders (10-6) tallied 19 hits, with four players tying for the team lead with three hits apiece. Brevard (6-11) totaled eight hits of its own but left 13 runners stranded, including leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and eighth innings.
North Greenville jumped out to an early lead with a five-run first inning that included three home runs. The Crusaders tacked on seven additional runs in the fifth inning to extend the lead while five North Greenville pitchers combined for the shutout.
Josh Hall led the Tornados with a two-hit performance. Despite being unable to come up with a clutch hit with runners on base, Brevard got solid production throughout the lineup. The Tornados enjoyed a hit from each of the fourth through ninth positions in the lineup and coaxed five walks.
North Greenville catcher David Houser had the most impressive day of any Crusader at the plate, hitting a pair of two-run home runs to the opposite field. His first-inning shot that snuck just inside the right field foul pole provided the first runs of the game, while his second was the biggest blow in a fifth inning that included two Tornados’ pitching changes.
Zack Kamerman picked up the win for the Crusaders after allowing three hits in his 5.0 innings of work. He struck out three batters and walked one. Four Crusaders pitched an inning of relief each.
Brevard starter Nathan Volz saw his record drop to 1-1 after allowing nine runs on nine hits. The freshman pitched into the fifth inning in his first collegiate start. Jay Phillips was the most effective of Brevard’s three relievers, giving up an unearned run on one hit in his 1.1 innings of work, tallying a pair of strikeouts without issuing a free pass.
Brevard will next take to the field on Friday for the opener of a three-game series with Carson-Newman. First pitch from Gil Coan Field is set for 2:00 p.m.