Brevard, N.C. - Kameron Armacost and Ron Patterson staked Joseph Lepore to a two run lead and the sophomore pitched six shutout innings as the Tornados defeated the Rams in the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3. However, a complete game four-hitter by Winston-Salem State’s John Markley prevented the sweep as the Rams took game two, 6-1.
The Tornados move to 7-9 on the season, while Winston-Salem State moves to 12-7.
Game One: Brevard 4, Winston-Salem State 3
Patterson had a pair of RBIs and Armacost hit the first BC triple of the season to stake the Tornados to an early 2-0 lead and Brevard held off a late rally by the Rams to win the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third. Derek Ham drew a one-out walk off WSSU starter Brice Rivenbark (1-2), giving way to Armacost who worked a 2-2 count before driving the ball down the right field line, scoring Ham from first before pulling up at third with a stand-up triple. Ron Patterson followed with a double down the left field line, scoring Armacost, but despite putting runners on first and third with one out, Brevard was unable to break the game open, settling for the 2-0 lead.
The Tornados added another run in the fourth as Ethan Pressley jumped on the first pitch from Rivenbark, pulling it to right centerfield and over the fence for his first home run of the season, putting Brevard up 3-0.
Brevard plated an all-important insurance run in the sixth as Myers led off the inning with a walk. He advanced to second on Ham’s infield grounder before coming home on Patterson’s base hit through the left side of the infield, putting the Tornados up 4-0 heading into the final inning.
Michael Robbins led off the top of the seventh with a base hit to straightaway centerfield to greet BC reliever Jacob Koontz and advanced to second on a passed ball. Robbins came around to score on Rivenbark’s single to left field, putting the first WSSU run on the board. After Koontz retired Andrew Miller, Scott Wells followed with a double down the left field line scoring Rivenbark and Tyler Hickernell cut the deficit down to one run with a base hit back up the middle to score Wells.
Dustin Haithcox came in from the bullpen and the lefty sidearm hurler retired the final two Winston-Salem State batters to end the game in recording his second save of the season.
Lepore (1-0) allowed only four hits in six inning, while striking out three in recording his first win of the season.
Game Two: Winston-Salem State 6, Brevard 1
The Tornados took the lead in the top of the first, but WSSU starter Markley (4-0) allowed only one hit the rest of the way as Rivenbark drove in three runs as the Rams earned the split against Brevard with the 6-1 victory.
Pressley followed Patterson’s double down the left field line with a single to right field as Brevard opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, going up 1-0.
The Rams tied the game up in the fourth against BC reliever Casey Burnette (0-1) as Robbins and Wells opened the inning with back-to-back singles before Jonathan Wells brought home Robbins with a run-scoring grounder to even the score.
The Rams would plate two runs in both of the fifth and sixth innings and added a late insurance run in the sixth, with Rivenbark driving in three of the four runs and Dominique Fitzgerald recorded three stolen bases as the Rams defeated the Tornados, 6-1.
Brevard goes back into conference play this weekend as they head to Hickory, N.C. and the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Stadium as they take on Lenoir-Rhyne University in a three game weekend series. First pitch of the series is on Friday, March 4th, at 6 p.m.