Due West, S.C. - Derek Ham crossed the plate on Kramer Clark’s fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth inning, but the Tornados were unable to overcome five Flying Fleet home runs in falling to the #18 Erskine Flying Fleet at Grier Field on Thursday afternoon, 12-1.
Brevard falls to 0-3 on the season, while Erskine improves to 4-0 on the year.
The Tornados threatened early, as Kameron Armacost drew a walk off Erskine starter Carlton Watts (1-0) to lead off the game. The junior centerfielder stole second, but was caught trying to go to third on Ethan Pressley’s grounder on the left side as the Tornados were held scoreless in the first.
Will Bullock (0-1) set the Flying Fleet down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning, but Erskine got on the board in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs. Zach Smith hit a two-out home run, clearing the left centerfield fence to put Erskine up 1-0. Zach McCarthy followed by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Will Huff battled Bullock before drawing a full-count walk and Shawn Glover cleared the bases with a double down the left field line. Glover crossed the plate two batters later as Chase Corn singled, the Tornados limited the damage as Casey Winckowski was thrown out trying to advance to third, ending the inning.
Erskine added three runs apiece in both the bottom of the third and bottom of the fourth as three different members of the Flying Fleet drove the ball over the fence, putting Erskine up 10-0 after four.
The Tornados put a run across in the top of the sixth, cutting into the lead as Ham led off the inning by reaching on an error by the Erskine shortstop. Armacost and Pressley followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases off of Erskine relief pitcher Robbie Brown. With the bases loaded, Clark hit a grounder to the Erskine second baseman, scoring Ham, but forcing Pressley out at second for the first out of the inning. The Flying Fleet escaped without allowing any more damage as Brown retired Zack Merriken and Brett Brinson to end the inning.
The Flying Fleet added runs in both the sixth and the seventh as Winckowski homered down the left field line to lead off the sixth, while Kyle Evans drove in Barry Loucks with an infield grounder in the seventh to cap the scoring at 12-1.
Zak Beard recorded his first collegiate hit for the Tornados in the game, while Joseph Lepore, Kevin Hamilton, McKenzie Queen, Casey Burnette and Dustin Haithcox made their first appearances on the mound for Brevard in the 2011 season.
The Tornados return to Gil Coan Field for the 2011 BC Home Opener as Brevard hosts Alderson-Broaddus in a three-game weekend series. First pitch on Saturday, February 12th, is set for noon.