Ninth inning rally falls short at Lincoln MemorialApril 24, 2016
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Brevard concluded the 2016 baseball season on Sunday at Lincoln Memorial, taking an early lead before the homestanding Railsplitters stormed back in front in an eventual 15-8 LMU win.
The Tornados (15-34, 5-19 SAC) snatched the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. Kody Spencer led off the frame with a single to left field before a one-out single through the left side by Schuyler Martire and a strikeout put runners at first and second for Pat Quinn. The senior shortstop ripped a double down the right field line, scoring both runners and giving the Tornados the advantage.
Lincoln Memorial (29-18, 13-11 SAC), however, ensured that the lead would be short-lived, tying the game on a two-run shot by Mason Ewers in the bottom of the frame before tacking on three more runs an inning later to provide the game’s only lead change.
The LMU offense would go on to score runs in each of their final seven trips to the plate, continuing to build their lead throughout the game. Brevard got a single run in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Matthew Proffitt before putting together a ninth-inning rally.
Proffitt was the catalyst in the ninth inning, standing at third base with no outs after a walk, a stolen base, and a throwing error. Brennan Allen’s single to left center brought home the first run of the inning. The Tornados then strung together four consecutive hits with two outs to plate four additional runs, with Kody Spencer, Kyle Morrison, and Martire contributing doubles before Blaine Durham provided the final hit of the inning on a single through the right side. The rally fell short when Zac Butler induced a flyout to end the game.
Martire finished his day with three hits, leading a Tornados' offense that pounded out 14 hits and saw five players record two or more hits on the afternoon.
The Railsplitters chased Brevard starter Jay Phillips with two outs in the fifth inning, scoring nine runs on 11 hits off the senior left-hander. Ryan Mercer and Drake Black combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings, tallying a strikeout apiece without issuing a walk.
With its win, Lincoln Memorial earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship. Brevard’s season comes to a close.