Anderson, S.C. - The Tornados’ comebacks came up short in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday against Anderson University as Brevard fell to the Trojans, 5-4 and 5-4.
Brevard falls to 4-6, 0-3 SAC, while Anderson improves to 9-5, 3-0 SAC.
Game One: Anderson 5, Brevard 4
Brett Brinson and Randy O’Dell had two hits apiece and Champ Stuart hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, but the Tornados’ rally in the top of the ninth fell short as Brevard fell in the first game of the day, 5-4.
Anderson held a 5-1 lead heading into the eighth before the Tornados began their comeback. Brinson doubled down the left field line with one out and O’Dell brought him home with a base hit up the middle, cutting into the lead. O’Dell advanced to second on a balk and came around to score as Ethan Pressley reached on an error by the pitcher to put the score at 5-3, but that was it for Brevard in the eighth.
After BC relief pitcher Jacob Koontz retired the Trojans in the eighth, Champ Stuart greeted Anderson reliever J. Saxon with his first home run of the season to left field, bringing Brevard back within one. However, Saxon recovered to retire the side to preserve the save and give the Trojans the victory.
Brennan Daniels (1-1) took the loss, pitching six innings and allowing five runs, while Campbell received the win for Anderson, pitching five innings while striking out three.
Game Two: Anderson 5, Brevard 4
Kameron Armacost came off the bench to drive in two RBIs and Derek Ham scored twice as the Tornados pushed runs across in both the sixth and the seventh, but Anderson starter Sanderson (2-1) held on for the complete game victory, scattering eight hits in the win.
Armacost doubled down the left field line in the top of the third to give the Tornados the 2-1 lead, scoring Patterson and Ham, but Anderson came back with a pair in the bottom half of the inning as May and Sanderson drove in runs to put the Trojans back up 3-2.
Down 5-2, Ham crossed the plate in the top of the sixth to cut into the lead, scoring on Merriken’s double to right field and Brevard added another run in the seventh as Christian Christopoulos, but the comeback fell short as the Trojans closed out the weekend series with the 5-4 victory.
Brevard stays on the road, traveling to Bristol, Tenn. on Tuesday, February 22nd, as they take on King College. First pitch for the nine-inning contest against the Tornado is set for 1 p.m.