Brevard stymied by Carson-Newman's Apicella

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BREVARD, N.C – Preseason second team all-region selection Vince Apicella threw a complete-game gem against Brevard on Friday, lifting Carson-Newman to a 12-1 win in the opener of a three-game South Atlantic Conference series.

The Eagles’ (11-5, 1-0 SAC) senior ace, who already has one SAC and Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week honor under his belt this season, went the distance against Brevard for the second time in as many seasons. He tallied 11 strikeouts and just one walk in nine innings of work, giving up five hits and lowering his season ERA to 3.25.

While the Tornados (6-12, 1-3 SAC) struggled to solve Apicella, Carson-Newman had no such trouble with Brevard pitching. The Eagles exploded for a season-high 16 hits, notching at least one run in each of the first six innings.

Two Brevard relievers combined to hold the Eagles scoreless over the final three innings. Tyler Timms was called upon with one out in the fifth and gave up two runs on a pair of hits through 2.2 innings on the mound. Blaine Durham then pitched perfect frames in the eighth and ninth in just his second career pitching appearance.

Christian Dix had the best offensive outing for the Tornados, going 2-for-4 and scoring the team’s only run. He led off the second inning with a single to right center and scored from first with aggressive baserunning on Brennan Allen’s double into the right field corner.

The Eagles, however, proved to be too much offensively. After scoring four runs through the game’s first three innings, the Eagles notched three more in both the fourth and fifth frames and tacked on a pair in the sixth before being kept off the scoreboard for the final three innings.

Third baseman Brandon Roberts went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Shortstop Jimmy Rice went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and three runs scored. Catcher Gooch Greer was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, with two of his three RBI’s coming on a sixth-inning home run to center, and also scored three runs.

Brevard and Carson-Newman will continue their series with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch from Gil Coan Field is set for noon.

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