Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College baseball team split a Wednesday doubleheader against Virginia Intermont College at Gil Coan Field. The Tornados (7-27) led 7-1 after two innings in the first game before the Cobras (10-21) scored eight unanswered runs to earn a 9-7 victory in nine innings. BC bounced back in game two, erasing a 6-3 deficit and scoring two runs in each of their final three turns at bat to win 9-6 in seven innings.
The opener saw Brevard score six runs on six hits in the bottom of the first. Four straight singles, capped off by Kellen Moman’s two-RBI base hit to left put the Tornados in front 2-1. After a Mathew Pruitt walk, Matt Ennis doubled to left to drive in Moman and Jackie Corn. Senior Michael Calhoun followed with a single to right center to plate Ennis and Pruitt.
Brevard added a single run in the second inning courtesy of a Corn RBI double down the left field line to plate Stephen Mullis. Corn was four for five with an RBI and a run scored. Moman finished one for three with two driven in and a run scored. Kramer Clark added two hits and scored twice.
The Cobras scored two runs in the top of the third to get within four. They cut the Tornado lead to a run with a three run fifth inning. After a Logan Welch single through the box and a Ed Clark double to right Lucas Dobbins hit an infield single to first to plate Welch. Dobbins then stole second and came around to score on Mark Schultz’s two-RBI double down the left field line. Clark went a perfect four for four in game one with two RBI and three runs scored. Schultz had two hits in five at bats.
Virginia Intermont tied the game in the top of the sixth when pinch hitter Zach Roberts drove a Shane Galloway pitch over the wall in left for a solo home run, his first of the season.
Brevard would not score after the third inning, and the scheduled seven inning contest went into extra innings. The Cobras scored two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth. With two outs and the bases loaded Tyler Coleman hit a two RBI single to right field.
Corn singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth but that was all the Tornados could manage against Frankie McAteer, who worked two scoreless innings of relief to win his second game of the season. Brevard starter Joseph Lepore worked four and a third innings, allowing six runs on six hits. Jacob White pitched the final three innings and suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four.
Falling behind 4-0 after the top of the first in game two Brevard responded with two runs in their half of the frame. Corn tripled with two out and no one on and came home after Stephen Mullis hit a drive to left field that bounced over the top of the fence for his seventh home run this season.
The Cobras added single runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Tornado fourth saw Vance Crook and M.A. Dozier hit consecutive singles. Clark brought Crook home with an RBI single to right and Corn plated Dozier with a RBI groundout to third.
Moman led off the fifth with a double to center on an 0-2 pitch. Ron Patterson singled up the middle to drive in Moman and took second base on the throw. Patterson then stole third and came around to score on Crook’s sacrifice fly, giving BC the go ahead run.
Brevard added two insurance runs in the sixth inning. Clark got things started with a one-out double to center. Corn was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. With two out Matthew Pruitt hit a single through the left side to drive in to and provide the final margin.
Freshman Brennan Daniels worked five and two thirds innings, allowing six runs and seven hits while striking out four to win his first game of the year. Josh Case worked one and a third scoreless innings and struck out two to record his first save.
The Cobras travel to Union College Saturday April 10 for a doubleheader starting at 12 pm.
Brevard goes to Catawba April 9 for the first of a three game series. First pitch of the nine inning game is scheduled for 7 p.m.