Home runs by Fagan and Carlos lead to split
Tornados and Crusaders split season series, 2-2
Tigerville, S.C. - Kasey Fagan hit her fourth home run of the season and Sarah Carlos drove a three-run shot out the park as the Tornados split a doubleheader with North Greenville University on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders won game one, 3-2, while Carlos’ home run powered Brevard to the win in game two, 5-1.
The Tornados (16-20, 2-10 SAC) and the Crusaders (16-16) split their season series at 2-2.
Game 1: North Greenville 3, Brevard 2
Jennifer Gift (7-10) struck out nine batters in the first game, but an RBI infield single in the bottom of the fifth by Karli Taylor put the Crusaders ahead for good in the bottom of the fifth to give Kristyn Smith (10-7) her second win over the Tornados in the 2009 season.
North Greenville scored early, putting runs on the board in both the first and the second innings as Whitney Center drove home Bridget Watson in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and Ashley Warlick doubled the score with a solo home run to left field in the second.
Brevard came back in the fourth as Kasey Fagan nailed a two-out offering from Smith over the left field fence for her fourth home run of the season, third in five games.
The Tornados tied the game up in the fifth as Katie Thornburg opened the inning with a double and came around to score on a throwing error by Smith.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Crusaders took the lead for good as Lindsey Eargle doubled with one out, moved to third on a fly ball to center before scoring on Taylor’s infield single.
Brevard placed runners on in both the sixth and the seventh, but were unable to put another run across the plate as game one went to the home team.
Game 2: Brevard 5, North Greenville 1
Liz Houser (9-9) took advantage of Carlos’ home run to record the win in game two. The junior from Greenville, N.C. scattered four hits, striking out four while allowing one unearned run. Taylor Roof (6-8) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, allowing five runs in six innings work.
Brevard scored first in the nightcap, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third. Beth Brooker reached on an infield single with two outs. A walk issued to Kristina Clayton moved Brooker over to second. Chelsi Mallory cleared the bases as the Crusader centerfielder misplayed the ball, allowing Mallory to end up on second while Brooker and Clayton came around to score.
The Tornados tacked on three more runs in the fourth due to Carlos’ blast. The sophomore first baseman’s blast was the second of her collegiate career, scoring Katie Brown and Curlee in the process to give Houser a commanding 5-0 lead.
North Greenville got one run back in the fifth as Taylor came around to score on an error by the Tornados third baseman, but Houser took control, retiring the last eight NGU batters to end the game.
The Tornados next game on the schedule is a doubleheader on Saturday, April 18th, as Brevard hosts their final South Atlantic Conference team of the year in Lenoir-Rhyne. First pitch for the Tornados-Bears matchup is set for 1 p.m.