Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados softball team was able to earn a split in their doubleheader with the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams on Sunday afternoon. The Tornados fell 2-0 in the opener but rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win 7-3 in game two.
With the split, the Tornados moved to 7-3 on the season, while the Rams moved to 4-4 in 2011.
Game One: Winston-Salem State 2, Brevard 0
The Tornados weren’t able to get the bats going as they had just three hits against Brittany Lane of Winston-Salem State. Lane advanced to 3-2 on the season after going all seven innings and striking out eight.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) was the Tornados starter. She lasted the complete game and scattered six hits while striking out nine in the loss. She fell to 3-2 after being touched for two runs.
Tanaya Pettus and Kayla Woodbury were able to hit back-to-back home runs off of Elmore to give them the two-run cushion they needed to win the opening game of the twinbill.
Game Two: Brevard 7, Winston-Salem State 3
The Lady Rams opened the scoring in game two with a long ball from Kayla Woodbury, giving them a 1-0 lead. Winston-Salem State added another run in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs. Tiffany Burgess hit a groundout to plate Nikki Lynch making it 2-0 in favor of the Lady Rams. Tanaya Pettus was able to extend the lead to three when she hit her second solo homer of the doubleheader.
The Tornados were able to return-fire in the fifth when Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) reached on a single up the middle. After moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) she was able to score on a single by Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.). Mallory’s base knock was misplayed by the centerfielder, allowing her to advance to third. One-batter later Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) hit her first homer of the season to tie things up at 3-3.
After setting down the Lady Rams in order in the top of the sixth, Brevard was able to strike again in the bottom half. Ally Davenport (High Point, N.C.) led the inning off with a bunt base hit. Meredit Davenport (High Point, N.C.) was able to move Ally into scoring position by laying down a sacrifice bunt. Fowler followed up by singling to center field, advancing Ally Davenport to third. The stage was set for Kayla Dorsey who stepped into the batter’s box. Davenport was running from third on the pitch as Dorsey laid down a bunt. A throw from the third baseman was just late as Davenport slid into home safely, giving Brevard a 4-3 lead. Mallory stepped to the plate and jacked a three-run bomb to give the Tornados their final 7-3 edge. It was her second homer of the season.
Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) threw another complete game, her fourth, and surrendered three runs on five hits. Miller moved to 4-1 on the season and struck out six in the victory.
The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday, February 23 rd when they play host to Georgia College & State University. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. at the Brevard College Softball Field.