Tornados erupt for 13 runs on 20 hits in midweek victory

BREVARD, N.C.- A 13 run, 20-hit day for the Tornados offense helped Brevard College (3-6) defeat the Young Harris Mountain Lions (2-5) 13-2 on Tuesday afternoon in a nonconference matchup at Gil Coan Field. The Brevard offense was led by four different Tornados who tallied three hits apiece.

Senior Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) powered the Tornados’ bats, going 3-for-3 at the plate while driving in three runs. Senior Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) added in three hits of his own with 2 RBIs while Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) tallied three base knocks and one RBI. Senior Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) recorded three base hits on the afternoon in five plate appearances.

Freshmen Matt Lynch (Hartsville, S.C.) and Brian Kahn (Durham, N.C.) both drove in three runs while Lynch notched two base hits and Kahn one hit on the afternoon.

The Tornados erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, claiming the lead and never looking back. Morrison collected his second RBI of the afternoon on a single down the right field line that drove in Martire.

Two batters later, Konzen notched two of his RBIs with a single to right field, giving Brevard a 4-2. lead. Brevard used three more singles to drive in three more runs and end the fifth with a 7-2 lead.

Young Harris opened up the scoring on the afternoon in the top of the third when two doubles brought home the lone runs of the ballgame for the Mountain Lions.

Brevard wasted no time answering the call in the bottom of the third as Morrison collected his first RBI of the game in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle.

After increasing their lead to 8-2, the Tornados kept the storm brewing with another solid inning at the plate during the bottom of the sixth. They added four insurance runs as Konzen, Lynch, and Kahn added to their impressive performances with RBI of their own.

The Tornados would cap off the scoring with a RBI single by Martire in the eighth that brought the game to the final score of 13-2.

While the Tornados offense shined in the dominating victory, the pitching staff matched them every step of the way. The four arms out of the Brevard bullpen allowed just one hit apiece, holding Young Harris scoreless for the final six innings of the contest.

Freshman Kristofer Yarbrough improved to 2-0 on the young season as he threw three innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just one hit and striking out one.

Matt King (Hartsville, S.C.) and Drake Black (Williamston, S.C.) both threw an inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out the side. Tyler Timms (Williamston, S.C.) shut the door on the Mountain Lions offense in the third inning and went for 1 ⅓ innings, yielding one hit.

The Tornados will return to the diamond on Saturday, February 18 as they travel to future USA South conference opponent, William Peace, for a four game series with first pitch slated for noon.

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