Quinn shines in doubleheader at Anderson

ANDERSON, S.C. – Brevard suffered a pair of one-run losses to Anderson in a Good Friday twinbill, losing by an 8-7 count in the first contest before a 4-3 defeat to end the afternoon.

Brevard (11-22, 2-12 SAC) shortstop Pat Quinn had his first three-hit day of the season and second of his Brevard career in Friday’s first game, launching a pair of home runs beyond Anderson Memorial Stadium’s deep dimensions to account for five RBI. He scored three runs in the losing effort.

Quinn’s first home run was a solo shot over a 20-foot advertisement just left of the 380 sign in the left center field gap to lead off the fifth. His second was Brevard’s first grand slam of the season, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning. He also lifted a perfectly-placed bloop single into shallow right field and came around to score the Tornados’ final run of the game in the eighth.

Tyler Luneke suffered the loss despite giving up a single hit, relieving Kyle Pittman after a gutsy 7.0 inning performance. Entering the game to protect a 7-5 lead with runners at second and third and no outs in the eighth, Luneke induced a popup before loading the bases on an intentional walk to set up a potential inning-ending double play for the nation’s second-leading defense in twin killings turned.

Trojans’ (13-18, 7-7 SAC) designated hitter LJ Newman lifted a ball into left center that was misplayed, allowing all three runners to score to give Anderson a one-run advantage. Brock Goodling retired the side in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season before again preserving a one-run advantage in the second game.

The Tornados pounded out 16 hits in the contest, the fifth time this season that Division II’s 16th-most prolific offense has accounted for at least 15 hits in a single game. Five Tornados had multiple hits, including three apiece from Quinn and designated hitter Christian Dix.

Quinn continued his stellar work at the plate in the second game, going 2-for-3 with both of the Tornados’ RBI’s and another run scored. For the day, the senior shortstop contributed five hits in seven trips to the plate, scored four runs, and notched seven RBI.

Brevard scored two first-inning runs on Quinn’s bases-loaded single through the left side, but the Trojans gunned down a pair of Tornados on the basepaths, including one in a bang-bang play at the plate, to keep Brevard from increasing its advantage. Anderson then responded with a Newman three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.

The Trojans scored an insurance run in the second and kept Brevard off the scoreboard until the Tornados manufactured a run in the sixth. Goodling sat down the Tornados in order in the seventh, with the final out of the game coming on an outstanding scoop on a ball in the dirt by first baseman Steven Cooper. Brevard fell 4-3 despite an 8-4 lead in the hit column.

Starter Ryan Owens earned the win after allowing three runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work. Brevard’s Hunter Donaldson suffered the complete-game loss, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out four but walked five, two of which came around to score on Newman’s first-inning blast.

The Tornados and Trojans will conclude their three-game series with a 1:00 p.m. contest Saturday afternoon.

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