Mars Hill, N.C. - Chelsi Mallory drove home Brevard’s only pair of runs Friday afternoon at Mars Hill, as the Tornados were swept by a conference opponent for the first time this year, 3-1 and 9-1.
The Tornados fall to 14-17 and 3-5 in the SAC, while the Lions improve to 21-10 and 4-6 in the conference.
Game 1: Mars Hill 3, Brevard 1
Mars Hill put two runs up in the first and one run on the board in the third to lead the Tornados 3-0.
Starting pitcher, Martika Elmore, allowed the earned runs in six innings of work while walking five batters. Elmore falls to 11-8, but still leads the team in wins by a pitcher.
Mallory continued her hot hitting going two for three in the first game, improving her batting average to .394 and driving in the only Brevard run in the fourth inning when she doubled for the second time, driving in Kristina Clayton. Coming into today’s game, Mallory was tied for the second in the conference with 13 doubles and was ranked eighth in the nation in doubles per game.
Jennifer Gift also went two for three with two singles as Brevard out-hit Mars Hill six to five in the first half of the doubleheader.
Tara West pitched a complete game for the Lions allowing five hits, and an earned run while striking out four batters for the win improving her record to 11-5.
Game 2: Mars Hill 9, Brevard 1
Mars Hill scored in each of the five
innings, jumping on the Tornados early, with back to back three run innings in the first in second led by an Ashley Seawell three run homer off of Elmore in the first.
Elmore suffered the loss in the second game as well, allowing six earned runs off of six hits in 1.2 innings before Liz Houser relieved her and pitched the remaining three innings.
Elmore, who averaged over ten strikeouts per game, and was ranked third in the nation in strikeouts per inning prior to today’s competitions, accumulated twelve Ks on the day.
Mallory knocked in Brevard’s only run in the third inning, when she sacrificed Nicole Heusel home after she led off the inning with a double.
The Tornados are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Cleveland, Ga. for a doubleheader with Thomas University at Truett-McConnell College.