Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados dropped two to Lincoln Memorial, Saturday afternoon, falling in the first game 13-4 in spite of home runs from Kramer Clark and Ron Patterson, and then in the second game, 6-4 despite Jacob White’s complete game.
The Tornados fall to 1-9 on the season and 1-7 in the conference, while Lincoln Memorial improves to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in the SAC.
Clark hit a perfect six for six on the day, with an RBI and three runs.
Game 1: Lincoln Memorial 13, Brevard 4
The Railsplitters out-hit the Tornados 25-7 in the first game, while winning pitcher, Steven Starbird, went 8.2 innings striking out 13 along the way. Brennan Daniels suffered his second loss for Brevard giving up six earned runs on 13 hits.
Lincoln Memorial added runs in seven of the nine innings, leading off the game with a three run first.
The Tornados responded in the bottom of the first as Eric Renegar led off with a single, followed by a Clark double deep to right field, advancing Renegar to third. The next batter, Stephen Mullis, struck out swinging, but as the catcher threw him out at first, Renegar crossed the plate for Brevard’s first run.
Chase Quarles singled to start the second inning before Brevard’s infield turned a 6-4-3 double play for the first two outs, followed by a fly out to right field, holding the Railsplitters scoreless in the second.
Patterson homered in the home half of the inning to make the score 3-2, but left two on base to end the inning with the same score.
Brevard added another run on Clark’s leadoff home run in the third, but did not score again until the bottom of the ninth on a Matthew Ennis RBI double scoring Josh Case.
Game 2: Lincoln Memorial 6, Brevard 4
Brevard outhit the Railsplitters 10-9 in the second game, charging winning pitcher Brandon Cowan with six of those hits, and three runs in 4.2 innings. His counterpart, White, went seven innings, giving up nine hits and five earned runs, while striking out seven.
Lincoln Memorial scored three runs in the third inning with two outs, after White retired the first two batters with five pitches. With the bases empty, Juan Alvarez doubled to centerfield, followed by a Cody Pack walk to set the table for a John Couch three-run shot to centerfield.
Brevard scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning when Case sacrificed Matthew Pruitt home with a fly ball to centerfield.
Garret Copeland singled in a run for the Railsplitters in the fifth, making the score 4-1 when Brevard came to bat. Clark led off the bottom of the inning with a double off of Cowen, and then advanced to third on a Kellen Moman groundout. Cowen walked three batters straight to force the Tornados second run home, awarding Patterson with the base on balls RBI. Cody Church replaced Cowen, inheriting loaded bases when Michael Calhoun singled up the middle the next at bat, driving in Jackie Corn and making the score 4-3.
Each team added a run in the sixth inning, Moman picking up a sacrifice fly, RBI for Brevard when he drove in Clark to make the score 5-4 heading into the seventh inning.
Brevard then made two errors in the seventh inning, allowing the Railsplitters to score on just one hit, and despite hits from Pruitt and Patterson, were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh as Ray Burchell picked up his third save of the year.
The Tornados and Railsplitters will play one game, originally scheduled for Friday, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at Gil Coan Field.