Wild Game One win highlights doubleheader split at WingateApril 9, 2016
WINGATE, N.C. – Brennan Allen spoiled a career day for Wingate designated hitter Bradley Brown in the first game of a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon, with his two-run single in the ninth inning providing the difference in a 13-11 Tornados’ win in Game One before the Bulldogs rebounded to win the second contest 9-3.
Allen tied for second in Brevard’s (13-30, 4-17 SAC) NCAA-era record books with six runs batted in during the first game, with none bigger than the final two with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth.
Allen, who already had two hits and a pair of runs scored, took a ball from Wingate’s Tyler Brown, then roped the next pitch into center to score Pat Quinn and Schuyler Martire. Two errors in the inning made both runs unearned, a bitter pill to swallow for the Bulldogs (24-17, 8-10 SAC) after Brown’s heroics at the plate.
Wingate did all of its damage in the third and eighth innings, with Brown accounting for most of it himself. He deposited a 1-2 offering from starter Jay Phillips over the fence in right field in the third frame to close a five-run inning, giving the Bulldogs a four-run cushion.
With Brevard leading 11-6 and a run already in in the eighth, Brown again strode to the plate with the bases loaded. A full-count grand slam to right center made the score 11-10 before left fielder Austin Turgeon hit a solo home run to nearly the same spot two pitches later to tie the score, setting the stage for Allen’s ninth-inning heroics.
Allen notched his first two RBI’s on his school record-tying second double of the game in the fifth inning, smacking a 3-2 pitch from starter Kory Behenna into the gap in left center. Hunter Donaldson’s single through the left side gave the Tornados a third run before Blaine Durham hammered the first pitch he saw out of the park to right field for a three-run homer.
Brevard tacked on two insurance runs in both the sixth and eighth innings, including an RBI fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly from Allen, to increase their lead before the Bulldogs battled back late in the contest.
Drake Black earned the win in relief for the Tornados, entering the game with one out and six runs already in in the eighth. He struck out both of the batters he saw in the frame before allowing a single baserunner in the ninth on a Brevard fielding error, improving his record to 4-1 on the season.
The top four batters in the Brevard order had a field day against Wingate pitching. The combination of Allen, Donaldson, Ryan Smith, and Durham hit .474 (9-for-19) with 13 RBI's and four runs scored, with Allen and Smith leading the way with three hits apiece.
Brevard’s offense picked up where it left off in the second game, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and a third on a second-inning RBI single by Donaldson. But the Bulldogs took the lead with a three-run third inning, highlighted by a two-run shot from Brown, and tacked on four runs in the sixth inning to cruise to a comfortable 9-3 win.
Brown tied a school record with his two grand slams in the first game, while his home run in the second capped a day in which each of his three hits were out of the park. He scored three runs, walked twice, and had a staggering 10 RBI’s in his seven official at-bats.
The Tornados return to action with a home nonconference game against Belmont Abbey on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.