Thomasville, N.C. - Ethan Pressley broke a 2-2 tie with a grand slam in the top of the seventh in support of BC starting pitcher Jacob White as the Tornados defeated the Winston-Salem State Rams on Tuesday afternoon at Finch Field, 6-2.
White (2-1) recorded his second start of the season on Tuesday, throwing six quality innings, allowing three hits and two runs, while striking out five in the win. Jacob Koontz finished the game with three shutout innings for his first save of the 2011 season. Joseph Herbert (3-3) takes the loss for the Rams, throwing three innings in relief, striking out six, but was the victim of Pressley’s grand slam.
Brevard opened the scoring in the top of the first as Ron Patterson reached on a fielder’s choice. Brett Brinson’s single advanced Patterson to second, where he moved to third on Randy O’Dell’s fly ball to right field. With two outs, Brinson swiped second base off WSSU starter Wesley Edwards and the throw down allowed Patterson to come home, giving the Tornados the early lead.
The Rams took the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Dominique Fitzgerald led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Fitzgerald made his way around the diamond with two outs and was joined on base as Michael Robbins was also plunked by a White pitch. Andrew Miller brought home Fitzgerald with a base hit to right field, tying the contest, while German Reyes put the Rams in the lead with a base hit, scoring Robbins, before White retired Andrew Smith on strikes to end the inning.
The Tornados tied the game up in the fourth with O’Dell leading off inning with a base hit. O’Dell stole second base and moved to third on Zak Beard’s infield grounder. Derek Ham followed with an RBI single to tie the game up at 2.
Brevard took the lead for good in the seventh as Ham, Steele Myers and Zack Merriken loaded the bases, giving way to Pressley. The sophomore drove the first offering from Herbert over the wall for his first grand slam of the season, becoming the second BC player to hit a grand slam in the past two games, to give Brevard the commanding 6-2 lead.
Koontz entered the game in the top of the seventh and closed out the game, facing one over the minimum throughout the three innings while striking out four Rams in achieving the save.
The Tornados return home to Gil Coan Field and South Atlantic Conference action this weekend as they host Carson-Newman in a three-game set beginning on Friday, March 11th, at 2 p.m.