Tornados drop doubleheader to ShorterFebruary 11, 2017
ROME, GA.- The Brevard College Tornados (2-5) dropped a pair of decisions on Saturday, falling short to Shorter University (5-0) in their first road series of the season despite a strong showing from Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) at the plate. The matchup between the nonconference foes featured the first ever meeting on the diamond between the two institutions.
Game One: Shorter 6 - Brevard 4
The Tornados arrived in Rome, Ga. early Saturday morning in hopes of preying on the Eagles and putting a halt to their screeching hot start.
Senior Teke Scudder (Cornell, Ill.) was on the bump for the Tornados in game one of the twinbill, shutting down the Eagles offense for the first four innings. Scudder struck out three Eagles in the first four innings and held on to his no-hit bid until the fifth frame of the nine inning contest. He allowed three runs in the contest on three hits and struck out four.
Brevard would break the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning behind the bat of Kyle Morrison as he sent an inside pitch over the right field fence to give the Tornados a 2-0 lead. Morrison’s longball was the fourth of his career and the second on the season for Brevard.
The fifth inning for the Tornados would be deja vu all over again as two runs came across to score. Brevard would capitalize on errors from the one and two positions on the lineup card following a leadoff double by Josh Hall (Asheville, N.C.).
Scudder exited in the sixth, after allowing three runs in the frame on two singles and a double by the Eagles. He would be replaced by Drake Black (Williamston, N.C.), who would throw three innings of relief.
Brevard would hold on to their one run lead until the bottom of the eighth inning. Two swings of the bat altered the entire outcome of the contest. Following a leadoff single by Dustin Watson, catcher Jack Leech snatched the lead from the Tornados with a two-run home run.
A pinch hit appearance for Ty Cherry was the cherry on top for Shorter as he added in a longball, increasing the Eagles lead to two and bringing the game to its final score of 6-4.
The Tornados recorded three hits in the contest while drawing three base on balls. A double by Hall in the fifth and single by Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) in the fifth aided the Tornado offense behind the bat of Morrison. Seniors Parker Hubbard (Salisbury, N.C.) and Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) tallied the two remaining RBI for the Tornados in productive at-bats.
Game Two: Shorter 7 - Brevard 1
Brevard once again tacked on the first run of the ballgame, this time in the first frame as a Shorter error aided the Tornado offense and allowed a fielder’s choice from Morris to bring in the lone run of the contest for Brevard.
The Tornados were unable to capitalize and extend their early lead with the bases loaded as a two-out strikeout ended the threat, stranding three runners on the base paths.
The Eagles soared back in the bottom half of the frame with five runs of their own. They used three hits and team baseball to retain the four run lead and give Kyle Pittman (Monroe, N.C.) an early exit after ⅔ of an inning.
Shorter added on two insurance runs in the sixth frame of the contest, behind two hits and 2-RBI single by Raul Cortes.
The Shorter offense used a strong outings of six innings from Jonathan Pintaro en route to a no-hitter, the first no-hit bid against Brevard since the 2015 season, when they were no-hit by eventual national runner-up Catawba.
Prior to the sixth, the arms of Kristofer Yarbrough (Monroe, N.C.) and Bryce Foster (Brevard, N.C.) prevented the Shorter lead from growing larger. Yarbrough allowed just two hits in 2 ⅓ innings of work while Foster threw a scoreless frame, keeping his ERA at 0.00 in his two collegiate appearances.
The Tornados will look to salvage the finale of the three game series on Sunday at 2:00pm before returning to Gil Coan Field on Tuesday, Feb. 14 where they will clash against Young Harris in a nonconference matchup at 2:00pm.