Tornados split season opener
Gaffney, S.C. - The Tornados notched their first victory of the 2010 season in the second game of the doubleheader on Limestone on Wednesday afternoon, topping the Limestone Saints, 4-1, to earn the split after the Saints took game one, 8-1.
Liz Houser earned the Tornados victory on the mound, while Sarah Carlos led Brevard with two RBIs on the day, and Chelsi Mallory went 2-6 at the plate with a double and a pair of runs to lead the Tornados.
Game 1: Limestone 8, Brevard 1
Limestone scored first, putting a run across in the bottom of the first as Martika Elmore walked Jenna Guse, who would come around to score on a sacrifice by Kelsey Kuykendall.
Limestone would plate six more in the third inning as Guse, Lauren Myers, and Jordan Smith each connected for a run-scoring double in the inning to put the host up 7-0.
The Tornados got on the board with their first run of the season in the top of the fourth. Mallory opened the inning with a double and advanced to third on Jennifer Gift's single. The Tornados preseason All-SAC selection, Maddie Fletcher, drove in Mallory with a base hit for Brevard's first RBI of the season. After Fletcher’s single, Limestone relief pitcher Madison Carpenter struck out the side to end the inning and prevent the comeback.
Carpenter (1-0) would pick up the win for the Saints, pitching four innings in relief and allowing two hits while striking out four, while Elmore (0-1) was charged the loss for the allowing seven runs, four earned runs, and six hits.
Game 2: Brevard 4, Limestone 1
Houser (1-0) started the second game of the doubleheader for the Tornados, going four innings while giving up five hits and striking out a pair before giving way to Gift as she closed out the game in earning her first save on the season.
Brittany Jones and Kristina Clayton led off the game by connecting on singles and pulled a double steal to give the Tornados runners on second and third with one out. Gift drove in Jones on a sacrifice fly to give Brevard an early 1-0 advantage.
Limestone tied the game up in the third, as Kuykendall singled with the bases loaded driving in Karlie Whitt to knot the game back up.
The Tornados responded in the top of the next inning as Carlos reached on an error by Kuykendoll, allowing Mallory and Gift to cross the plate, and Becca Curlee reached on an error later in the innning scoring Carlos from second as the Tornados went up by three.
Limestone threatened one more time in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on second and third, but Jordan Smith was thrown out by Kayla Dorsey at the plate and Kirstyn Burleson flew out to Jones in centerfield to end the contest.
The Tornados will return to action this weekend when they travel to Lander on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.