Bristol, Tenn. - Champ Stuart hit a pair of doubles and drove in four RBIs and Randy O’Dell added three hits and drove in three as the Brevard College baseball team survived a late scare by King College in defeating the Tornado at King Field, 13-11.
Kevin Hamilton (1-0) picked up the win for Brevard as the Tornados improve to 5-6 on the season, while Dustin Haithcox picked up his first save. Wesley Houser fell to 1-2 on the season as the Tornado fell to 5-5.
After a scoreless first inning, Brevard sent nine men to the plate with five scoring in the second frame to put the Tornados up 5-0. Brett Brinson, Stuart and Zack Merriken hit doubles in the inning and runners scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball as Brevard broke the game open early in the contest.
The Tornados scored two more in the third as Stuart connected on a Houser pitch and drilled it down the left field line, scoring Steele Myers and O’Dell with two out in the inning, going up 7-0 to stake Brevard starter Joseph Lepore to a 7-0 lead.
The first six batters for Brevard in the top of the fourth reached base and came around to score as the Tornados built their largest lead of the 2011 season at 13-0. Ron Patterson, Ethan Pressley and Christian Christopoulos loaded the bases to lead off the inning. Brinson drew a walk to score Patterson and Kramer Clark’s single to left centerfield to bring around Pressley to open the scoring in the inning. O’Dell followed with a double to plate Christopoulos and Brinson, and Clark and O’Dell came around to score, but King relief pitcher Nick Melcher escaped the inning as Merriken hit into a double play to limit the damage.
A triple from the King's Josh Huffman started the comeback in the bottom of the sixth as he came around to score on a single from Jordan Woullard to put the first run on the board for the Tornado.
Three more runs scored in the seventh to cut the score to 13-4, giving way to the rally in the bottom of the ninth. The Tornado rally in the ninth saw the team send 11 players to the plate with Bryant Walker doing most of the damage, clearing the bases with a three RBI double with two outs. Steven Mueller brought the tying run to the plate in driving home Walker to put the score at 13-11, but Haithcox came in and retired Josh Huffman on a fly ball to right field to end the game.
Brevard returns home to Gil Coan Field this weekend as they host South Atlantic Conference opponent Newberry College in a three game weekend series. First pitch on Friday, February 25th, with come at 2 p.m., with the doubleheader between the Tornados and the Wolves on Saturday afternoon beginning at noon.