Tornados fall to Cavaliers in midweek contest

By Bryant Baucom

Box Score

BREVARD, NC- Despite a solid showing at the plate by Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) and the quartet of Tornados relievers who finished off the contest, the Brevard College Tornados (5-11) dropped a midweek nonconference matchup to the Montreat Cavaliers (8-5) by the final of 12-3.

Senior Kyle Morrison tallied two hits in four at bats on the afternoon as he’s now hit safely in 13 of the 16 games for the Tornados. Morrison recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season against the Cavaliers. He’s currently top 10 in the South Atlantic Conference in hits and batting average.

Seniors Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) and Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) continued their success at the plate as they both recorded a hit on the afternoon. A trio of freshmen for the Tornados accounted for three of the eight hits on the afternoon. Ryan Roon (Dallas, Ga.) and Joe Nelms (Malabar, Fla.) added in hits for Brevard while fellow freshman Alex Whisnant (Morganton, N.C.) notched his first collegiate hit and RBI on a line drive to right field.

The Cavaliers took the lead early as they tacked on two runs in the top half of the first inning on a Brevard error and a double by Ricardo DeArmas.

Brevard would respond in the bottom half of the first with a single through the left side by Morris that brought home Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.).

Montreat would tack on runs in the second and third inning before erupting four eight runs in the fourth. The Cavaliers used six hits and three Brevard errors to increase their lead to 12-1.

The Tornados tacked on a run in the sixth inning as Blaine Durham collected his 13th RBI of the season on a single through the left side.

Brevard wasn’t finished yet as they used a single in the eighth inning by Whisnant to add on their third run of the ballgame and bring the game to its final score.

The final four relievers for the Tornados silenced the Montreat bats as they combined for 5 ⅓ innings of shutout baseball. Drake Black (Williamston, S.C.) led the way as he threw two scoreless innings of relief while striking out four Cavaliers.

Freshman Matt Lynch (Hartsville, S.C.) pitched 1 ⅓ innings of scoreless and hitless relief while striking out one. Ryan Williams (Georgetown, S.C.) and Michael Merryman (Cary, N.C.) each tallied an inning of scoreless relief for the Tornados.

The Tornados will return to action on Friday, March 3 when they travel to the Palmetto State for their first SAC road series of the season when they take on the Newberry Wolves at 6:00pm.

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