Tornados split doubleheader with Pacers

By Bryant Baucom

CARY, N.C.- The Brevard College Tornados (4-8) split the Sunday doubleheader with the William Peace Pacers (4-5) at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, N.C. The Tornados took game one of the Sunday matinee with a 4-0 shutout of the Pacers before dropping the series finale 11-4.

Game One:

A dominating performance on the mound from Teke Scudder (Cornell, Ill.) powered the Tornados to victory in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Scudder silenced the bats of the Pacers, clocking in six innings of work while allowing just four hits and striking out three. Sunday’s victory marked the first win for Scudder on the season.

Parallel to the performance of Scudder, the Tornados bats came swinging out of the gate. The offense tallied nine hits while two Tornados tallied two hits apiece and five others added in a hit of their own. Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) and Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) both notched two hits in the game while Martire added in an RBI to his performance.

Freshman Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.) tallied a game-high two RBI with a single while senior Kyle Morrison recorded the remaining RBI and recorded a base hit of his own.

Brevard drove home the first run of the day with an RBI-single by Martire that brought home Josh Hall (Asheville, N.C.) in the top of the second inning.

After Scudder cruised through the first four innings of work, the Tornados provided him with a cushion on the mound. A two run single by Carsillo brought home Martire and Parker Hubbard (Salisbury, N.C.) to extend their lead to 3-0.

Three runs would not be all for the Tornados as they would top off the scoring in the top of the seventh as Kyle Morrison drove home Carsillo after grounding into a double play.

Drake Black (Williamston, S.C.) picked up right where Scudder left off as he used a scoreless and hitless frame in the seventh to record the save and secure the win for the Tornados.

Game Two:

Brevard fell short in the series finale with the Pacers as they dropped the rubber match 11-4 on Sunday with Kyle Morrison leading the Brevard offense with two hits in the contest.

Morrison tallied three hits in the doubleheader while six Tornados recorded a hit of their own in the series finale.

William Peace would jump on the board first as they added in a lone run in the bottom of the first and extended their lead in the third inning with two more runs.

The Tornados answered back in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from Matt Lynch (Hartsville, S.C.) that allowed Morrison to scamper home.

The Pacers returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning as they used a double and a fielder’s choice to extend their lead to 7-1.

Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) cut into the William Peace lead in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to right field that drove home Morrison.

William Peace would notch three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth behind two hits and a sacrifice fly.

Brevard wouldn’t go down without a fight, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh. Freshman Ryan Roon (Dallas, Ga.) and Alec DuBreuil (Brevard, N.C.) both recorded RBI singles for the Tornados, bringing the game to its final score of 11-4.

The Tornados would tally eight hits in the contest while drawing three base on balls.

Sunday’s finale saw the consistent dominance of freshman reliever Kristofer Yarbrough. He would go 1 ⅓ innings while allowing no runs and no hits. This was the fifth consecutive appearance in which he recorded a scoreless relief appearance. He is currently second in the South Atlantic Conference with a 0.66 ERA in 13 ⅔ innings on the season.

The Tornados will return to action on Friday as they open up South Atlantic Conference play with a home series against Lincoln Memorial with first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm.

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