Tornados drop opening day doubleheader to King

By Bryant Baucom

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados (0-2) dropped their opening day doubleheader against the King University Tornado (2-0), by the final scores of 12-2 and 12-6. Senior Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) led the Tornados offense on the afternoon, collecting five hits, while freshman Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C). contributed three runs batted in.

Game One:

Senior Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) got the nod to start the Tornados season opening. As the Orlando, Fla. would threw 3 ⅓ innings, surrendering eight hits and 9 runs, six of which were earned.

King would strike first in the top half of the first frame on an RBI single to left field by Dylan Sligh, that knocked in Nicolas Keister.

The Tornado would go on to add six more runs in the top of the second inning. As doubles by Keister and Braden Cook knocked in three runs, while a fielder’s choice from Sligh and a two-run home run by Ryan Sattz accounted for the final three runs of the inning.

Brevard responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third, as Carsillo notched a double down the right field line, that drove in Martire in his first official collegiate plate appearance.

Following a single by senior Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.), senior Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) notched a single through the left side the drive in Carsillo.

King would add on two runs in the fourth and sixth innings to increase their lead to nine before tacking on one more in the seventh to bring the game to its final score.

Offensively, the Tornados were led by Martire, senior Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.), and Morris, all of whom connected on three hits apiece for the contest. Morris and Carsillo drove in the lone runs for Brevard.

The Tornados saw four freshmen make their collegiate debut following the exit of Konzen in the fourth inning. As Matt Lynch (Hartsville, S.C.) relieved Konzen and went ⅔ of innings of shutout baseball. While Kross Robinson (Morganton, N.C.) threw an inning and two-thirds, allowing two runs on four hits. Kristofer Yarbrough (Monroe, N.C.) retired the lone batter he faced with a groundball to Martire at second.

Wyatt Farrior (Decatur, Ala.) finished off the afternoon on the mound for Tornados, allowing one run on one hit in one inning of work.

Game Two:

In similar fashion to the first game, King opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning in the finale of the opening day doubleheader. As Sligh continued his hot streak at the plate with an RBI double that knocked in Nicolas Keister.

The Tornados would storm back in the bottom of the first to even up the score on a RBI groundout from Morrison (Greensboro, N.C) that drove in Martire.

King would capitalized on a throwing error in the top of the second to score two runs and gain 3-1 advantage.

The Tornado would add to their lead with a five run fourth inning and a four run fifth inning.

However, Brevard would not go quietly on the afternoon, as the blue and white answered the King’s scoring with a four run fifth inning, benefiting from Carsillo base hit that drove in Hall

Blaine Durham collected his first RBI on the season with a double to right field that saw brought Morrison cross home plate.

After entering the game as a defensive replacement at shortstop, redshirt-senior Parker Hubbard (Salisbury, N.C.) tallied his first hit and RBI of the season, when he knocked in Brayden Morris and Blaine Durham on a single down the left field line.

The Tornados wrapped up the scoring for the afternoon on another Carsillo single that plated Hubbard and cut the King lead to 12-6.

For Brevard, Kyle Pittman (Monroe, N.C) got the nod, going 3 ⅓ innings while allowing six runs, four of which were earned.

The Tornados are set to return to action tomorrow at 12 noon and 3 p.m. as they host King for a second-straight double-header from Gil Coan Field.

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