Brevard splits doubleheader with Lenoir-RhyneMarch 19, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s baseball team concluded its South Atlantic Conference series with Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, splitting the doubleheader with a 11-8 win in game one and 4-8 loss in game two. With the split, Brevard is 11-19 overall and 2-10 in SAC play.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-8, 5-4 SAC) began the day with a three-run opening frame, holding the lead briefly as a huge second inning put the royal blue and white ahead. With two outs and runners on the corner, BC got on the scoreboard as a single from Brennan Allan scored Josh Hall. Ryan Smith continued the scoring the following at bat with a single up the middle which brought Schuyler Martire home. Hunter Donaldson was able to knot the score at 3-3 with a double down the left field line, Followed by a score on a Bears’ error to give the Tornados the advantage. Blaine Durham brought the final two runners in a six-run inning home with a single down the left field line.
Brevard added another run to its lead in the following stanza, drawing four walks to score. The Tornados cushioned the lead with four runs in between the fifth and seventh inning to take the 11-3 advatnage. Smith brought home half of the runners in the span, with one RBI in the fifth and another in the seventh. Donaldson and Durham brought the other two runners home.
The Bears made a late push in the final two innings, scoring five in the eighth and loading the bases with two outs in the final frame. The visitor’s go-ahead run hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game without a runner scoring in the ninth.
In similar fashion to the first game, Lenoir-Rhyne scored in the opening frame followed by a Tornados’ response. This time, the Bears only recorded one score in the first while Brevard posted three in the bottom half. Brevard was able to log one more run, coming in the third inning, before L-R scored five in the fifth to take the lead and added two more runs in the sixth and seventh.
Donaldson got the win in game one, throwing six innings allowing three runs, two earned, off five hits while striking out seven batters. Tyler Luneke threw the final 1.1 innings in the victory, not allowing a runner to score in the save effort. Tyler Konzen went six innings in the rubber match, allowing eight runs off seven hits whith Jay Phillips finishing the game with the final three outs.
Brayden Morris and Donaldson were the only players to record hits in both contests, with Donaldson going 4-9 with a pair of RBI in the doubleheader. Smith also logged four hits, going 4-8 with three RBI while Allen, Durham and Hall all recorded two hits.
Brevard is back in action on Tuesday, Mar. 22, when they host North Greenville with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m.