Cullowhee, N.C. - Kristina Clayton drove in the winning run for Brevard in the Tornados’ 2-1 victory over Western Carolina Thursday, and added another RBI as they fell 7-3 in the tail end of the doubleheader.
The Tornados are now 12-13 overall and 1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Catamounts are 4-19 and 0-6 in the Southern Conference.
Game 1: Brevard 2, Western Carolina 1
Martika Elmore improved to 9-6, allowing one run on three hits, striking out nine along the way.
The Tornados charged Catamount pitcher, Katie King with one earned run on five hits.
Brevard scored their first run in the second inning when Maddie Fletcher, who led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch.
The Tornados added another run in the top of the third to make the score 2-0. Becca Curlee led off the inning reaching on an error by the shortstop. Kayla Dorsey then laid down a scarafice bunt, advancing Curlee to second setting up Clayton’s RBI single.
The Catamounts scored their only run in the third when Chelsea Shaffer homered to centerfield with two outs.
Game 2: Western Carolina 7, Brevard 3
Chelsi Mallory went three for four with two of Brevard’s three runs in the second game as the Tornados out hit the Catamounts 9-8.
Mallory’s double in the third inning that drove in Dorsey, gave the Tornados a 2-1 lead, their only lead of the game, after a Clayton sacrifice fly to right scored Curlee for their first run.
Western Carolina responded with a three run bottom of the third as Amber Hawkins drove a three run shot over the right field fence.
Brevard added their final run in the bottom of the seventh when Mallory’s second double of the game drove in pinch runner, Leslie Hylton who was running in place of Nicole Heusel who reached on an infield single to the third baseman.
Liz Houser suffered the loss for the Tornados giving up seven runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits. Houser falls to 2-5 on the year.
The Tornados are back in action when they travel to Catawba on Saturday to face their second SAC opponent of the year.