Tornados bounce back to silence HuskiesMarch 11, 2017
By Bryant Baucom
BREVARD, N.C. - After adjusting Saturday’s schedule to a doubleheader, the Brevard College Tornados (8-15, 2-4 SAC) split the matchups with Bloomsburg (8-6). The Tornados fell in game one 13-3 and bounced back to even the series with an 8-5 victory in the final game of the day. Brian Kahn (Durham, N.C.) led the Tornados offense on the afternoon with four hits while Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) drove home three runs on the afternoon.
The Tornados offense cranked out 10 hits in the opening game of the series, as freshmen Joseph Nelms (Malaba, Fla.) and Brian Kahn led the offense with 2 hits apiece. Six other Tornados tallied one hit in the contest as Josh Hall (Asheville, N.C.) continued his hot streak at the plate despite the snowfall.
Bloomsburg opened up the scoring in the contest as they used two hits as well as a HBP and a fielder’s choice to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
Brevard cut into the Huskies lead in the bottom of the fourth as a fielder’s choice and an RBI single off the bat of Nelms drove home two runs.
The Huskies responded in the fifth with four more runs of their own as two singles and a double by Ryuta Amaike extended their lead to 8-2.
The Tornados capped off their scoring for the afternoon in the bottom half of the fifth inning as an RBI groundout from senior Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) that brought home Kahn.
An RBI double and a sacrifice fly along with a fielder’s choice for the Huskies added on three runs in the seventh inning as their lead grew to 11-3. In the final frame, a two-run home run off the bat of Tyler Benson drove home two runs and brought the game to its final score of 13-3.
Senior Kyle Pittman (Monroe, N.C.) was given the start on the mound for the Tornados as he dropped to 0-4 on the season after going 4 ⅔ innings and eight runs, five of which were earned. Freshman Bryce Foster (Brevard, N.C.) shined in an inning of hitless and scoreless relief appearance.
A three hit second frame for Brevard resulted in a four run inning that allowed them to jump out to 5-0 lead. After the first three Brevard hitters reached base to load the bases, freshman Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.) drove home the first run for the Tornados on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Following a pitching change, senior Tyler Konzen roped a double into left center field to drive home two more runs for Brevard and finish off the scoring in the second inning.
The Brevard offense was led by Brian Kahn who recorded his second two hit game of the afternoon and Tyler Konzen who recorded a hit and drove home three runs in the contest. Five different Tornados tallied a hit in the game while Morris drove in two runs to assist the lone RBI by Carsillo and Nelms.
The Tornados wasted no time in taking the lead in the second game of the doubleheader as Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) scored on a throwing error by the third basemen to jump out to a 1-0 lead.
Not content with their five-run lead, the Tornados used groundouts by Morris and Konzen to drive across two more runs in the fourth inning to expand their lead to seven runs.
Joseph Nelms ended the scoring for the Tornados with a bang sending an outside curveball over the fence in right field for his first collegiate home run in the bottom half of the fifth.
Bloomsburg used three hits in the sixth inning to bring across one run and end the shutout for Brevard.
The Huskies wouldn’t go down quietly as their offense cranked out four runs in the final frame before Drake Black shut the door and gave the Tornados the victory.
Tyler Konzen started on the mound for the Tornados, going 6 ⅔ innings as he allowed five runs and struck out six Huskies.
The Tornados will return to the diamond on Sunday as they look to take the series finale and win the series against Bloomsburg at 3:00pm.