Tornados drop first South Conference series to RailsplittersFebruary 25, 2017
By Bryant Baucom
BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College Tornados (5-10, 1-2 SAC) dropped their first South Atlantic Conference series of the Season to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (7-9, 2-1 SAC) on Saturday at Gil Coan Field. The Railsplitters rallied in the first contest to win 4-1 in nine innings and took the finale and seven inning matchup 17-4.
The Tornados took to the diamond in hopes of clinching the first SAC series of the season on Saturday after knocking off LMU on Friday 14-11 behind a 15 hit outburst.
Senior Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) took the mound for the Tornados, cashing in an impressive performance on the afternoon. Konzen would go 6 ⅓ innings while striking out six and allowing five hits. He gave up three runs on the afternoon, in which two were earned. He shut down the Lincoln Memorial bats for the first six innings of the contest. He earned the loss in the hardfought outing.
The Tornados took the lead into the top of the seventh before the LMU bats awoke. A solo home run from Russell Clark tied the game up before the Railsplitters used a single and a sacrifice fly to bring the game to the final of 4-1.
The Brevard offense racked up eight hits and was led by three different Tornados who tallied two hits apiece. Seniors Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) and Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) kept their hot bats going as they both added in two hits to the Tornados offense. Morrison extended his hit streak to seven games while Martire moved into fifth in the SAC in hits with 24. Josh Hall (Asheville, N.C.) bolstered the Brevard offense with two hits in the contest in four plate appearances.
Kahn drove home the lone run of the ballgame to record his seventh RBI of the season.
Tyler Timms (Williamston. S.C.) tallied 2 ⅓ innings of relief while allowing two runs and one earned run. He struck out two Railsplitters and gave up only one hit.
Senior Teke Scudder (Cornel, Ill.) got the nod on the mound for the Tornados in his first appearance since his six inning shutout performance against William Peace. He pitched 4 ⅔ innings while allowing eight runs and striking out eight.
Following a two run first inning for the Railsplitters, the Tornados responded with a three run opening inning.
Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) used an infield single to shortstop to drive home Martire and caused a throwing error with his hustle that allowed Donny Carsillo to scamper across the plate. An RBI walk by Kahn gave the Tornados the early lead at 3-2.
Brevard kept the storm brewing in the bottom of the second as Durham collected his second hit of the contest, driving home Carsillo to double the lead for the Tornados.
Scudder would silence the LMU bats in the second and third innings before they erupted for three runs on a Logan Augustine home run in the fourth to take the lead.
Lincoln Memorial used a longball in the fifth inning along with a single and a double in the sixth to extend their lead to 11-4 entering the final inning of play.
A three run home run and a single by Augustine in the seventh finished the scoring for the Railsplitters and brought the game to its final score of 17-4.
The Brevard offense was led by Blaine Durham who collected two base hits and drove home two runs in the contest. Martire and Hall both recorded a hit of their own in three at-bats while Carsillo went 1-for-2 on the afternoon with a walk.
Freshman Bryce Foster (Brevard, N.C.) impressed in his inning of work as he struck out two and allowed zero earned runs for Brevard.
The Tornados will return to action on Tuesday for a midweek contest as they take on nonconference foe Montreat at Gil Coan Field with first pitch at 2:00pm.