Johnson City, Tenn. - Pitcher, Martika Elmore, won twice today as the Tornados swept Milligan, 2-1 and 8-6, led by Chelsi Mallory’s six RBIs and four for eight performance at the plate.
Brevard improves to 10-11 on the year, while Milligan falls to 10-5 after sweeping Brevard in the teams’ first meeting this year.
Game 1: Brevard 2, Milligan 1
Mallory, who leads the team with a .423 batting average, went two for three at the plate with a homerun and a RBI double accounting for both of the Tornados runs in the first game.
Elmore held Milligan to three hits and one run, while striking out 12, keeping Brevard in a tight, low-scoring game. Elmore improved her ERA to 2.78 with a 7-5 record on the year.
Brevard jumped to an early lead in the top of the first when Mallory homered to left field, but Milligan quickly responded with a homerun of their own when Jessica Fix put one over the fence with two outs in the bottom of the first.
The Tornados did not regain the lead until the fifth inning when Mallory’s double to left scored Leslie Hylton who pinch ran for Nicole Heusel, after she singled for her second hit of the game.
Game 2: Brevard 8, Milligan 6
Starting pitcher, Jennifer Gift pitched five innings, allowing ten hits and six runs, striking out eight batters along the way before Elmore replaced her in the sixth inning to qualify for the win.
Sidney Burns was charged with her second loss of the day after replacing a string of Buffaloes’ pitchers late in the game.
Maddie Fletcher and Mallory each added three RBIs for the Tornados while Kristina Clayton scored three runs on a three for four performance at the plate.
Brevard scored first adding their first two runs in the top of the first. Nicole Heusel led off with a walk followed by singles from Clayton, Mallory, and finally Maddie Fletchers two run single to center.
Milligan responded with four runs in their half of the inning, as they jumpstarted their offense with five straight singles. Including a single from the catcher Megan Heaton, who totaled four RBIs on the day to lead Milligan’s offense.
Brevard followed with two more runs in the second inning. With two outs, Heusel struck out swinging, but advanced on a passed ball by Heaton to keep the inning alive. Clayton followed with a walk before Mallory reached base on an error allowing Heusel to score and Clayton to advance to third. With Fletcher at bat, Ryann Musick threw a wild pitch scoring Clayton to make the score 4-4.
The Tornados took the lead back in the fourth inning as they added two more runs on a Mallory double to center scoring Hylton and Clayton.
Milligan tied the score in the bottom of the fifth on Heaton’s single off of Gift.
Elmore replaced Gift the following inning giving her the win when Brevard scored two late runs in the seventh to break the tie on a Clayton singled that scored Becca Curlee, and a Fletcher single that score Heusel.
Melanie Strickler led off the bottom of the seventh with a single off of Elmore, then Emily Biggs hit a double giving the Buffaloes a runner on second and third with one out, but Sarah Carlos put out Heaton unassisted without letting Milligan score, followed by a lineout to second baseman Heusel to end the game.
Brevard returns to action on Sunday when they travel to Truett-McConnell for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m.