Brevard, N.C.- The Brevard College softball team swept the Newberry Wolves with the help of a stellar pitching performance by freshman, Alyssa Miller. Miller’s two-hitter in the second game of the twinbill sealed Brevard’s first sweep of a South Atlantic Conference opponent in their short stead as a SAC member. The Tornados won the opener 7-6 in eight innings, and took the nightcap 6-0.
The Tornados moved to 21-8 on the season with the sweep, and 3-1 in conference action. The Newberry Wolves fell to 12-15, and 1-3 in SAC play.
Game One: Brevard 7, Newberry 6 (8 Innings)
Newberry opened the scoring in the first game in the second inning. Felicia Taylor was able to reach on a catcher’s interference call, when her bat collided with Chelsi Mallory’s (Mechanicville, Va.) glove behind home plate to lead off the inning. Casey Stevens was attempting to move Taylor up with a sacrifice bunt, but an errant throw by Sarah Carlos (Eagle River, Alaska) allowed Taylor to take third as well. With runners at first and third Richelle Mirabal hit a slow liner to right field which dropped for a base knock bringing in Taylor to make it 1-0. Meredith Davenport (High Point, N.C.) misplayed the ball, allowing Stevens to come around to score as well, while Mirabal moved up to second. With the score at 2-0, Angela Cataldo hit a routine grounder to third, and after the throw, Mirabal attempted to take third. Another errant throw by the Tornados allowed Mirabal to come in, making it 3-0 in favor of the Wolves.
Brevard quickly return-fired with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Emily Boykin (Chapel Hill, N.C.) hit a one-out single to right centerfiled. Davenport was hit by a pitch, moving Boykin to second. With runners at first and second, Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) reached on a fielding error by the Wolves’ third-baseman, allowing both runners to advance. A second straight error by Newberry’s third-baseman, allowed Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) to reach, and brought Boykin into score from third. Mallory was hit by a pitch in the next at bat, brining in Davenport from third, making it 3-2.
The Tornados took the lead in the third by scoring three runs on four hits. Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) led things off with a single up the middle. Carlos was able to move Curlee to second on a sacrifice bunt, brining Brittany Jones (Fort Mill, S.C.) to the plate. Jones singled up the middle and Curlee drew a throw from the centerfielder, allowing Jones to reach second. With runners at second and third, Emily Boykin was able to reach safely on a fielder’s choice. Meredith Davenport stepped in with the bases juiced. Davenport was able to single, bringing in one run to tie the game at three runs a piece. Fowler was next at the plate. She singled to right center brining in a pair, making it 5-3.
The Wolves scored one in the fourth to narrow their deficit to one. Mirabal hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing in Chelsea Chipoletti who pinch ran for Casey Stevens.
Brevard answered back in the sixth with a run of their own to make it 6-4. Curlee hit a one-out double to right center, and Carlos singled through the right side in the next at-bat to move Curlee to third. Jones settled in and the plate and roped a double to left center, scoring Curlee.
Newberry didn’t go away quietly as the struck for two runs in the top of the seventh, sending the game to extra innings. Aissa Gatewood led of the inning with a triple, bringing Codi Kelly to the plate. Kelly slugged a two-run homer to tie things up at six.
The Tornados didn’t answer in the seventh, but were able to hold the Wolves in the top of the eighth, bringing them to the plate in the bottom-half.
Becca Curlee was placed on second, as she was the final out in the seventh inning. Sarah Carlos was able to lay down a sacrifice bunt, moving Curlee to third with one down. Brittany Jones hit a grounder to the shortstop and Curlee froze a third of the way down the line, forcing the shortstop to throw to first. After the throw left the shortstop’s hand, Curlee took off for home, scoring the final run of the game, giving Brevard a 7-6 win.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) pitched the entire game for the Tornados and improved her record to 11-5 on the season. She threw eight innings and struck out 11. She was touched for six runs, just two earned, after allowing six hits in the winning effort. Shelley Jeffcoat was the pitcher of record for Newberry. She fell to 2-2 on the season after allowing three runs, two earned in 5.1 innings of work.
At the plate, the Tornados were led by Becca Curlee who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Brittany Jones and Meredith Davenport each added multi-hit days. Jones was 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI, while Davenport went 2-for-3 with and RBI and a run scored. Brittany Fowler chipped-in with two RBI in her 1-for-4 performance.
Game Two: Brevard 6, Newberry 0
The Tornados were first to strike in the nightcap of the twinbill. Becca Curlee led off the bottom of the second with a solo-homer, her second of the season, giving Brevard an early 1-0 lead.
The Tornados didn’t cross the plate again until the fifth inning when they plated five runs. Sarah Carlos led off the inning with a single through the right side. Brittany Jones followed Carlos with a single of her own on a bunt, moving Carlos to second. Emily Boykin laid down a sacrifice bunt moving both runners into scoring position. Brittany Fowler drove in the first run of the inning after reaching on a fielding error by the opposing shortstop, making it 2-0. Kayla Dorsey was next to the plate and singled through the left side, scoring Jones from third giving Brevard a 3-0 lead. Chelsi Mallory drew a walk, loading the bases with two outs. After a pitching change, Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) clubbed a double to right center, clearing the bases and giving Brevard a 6-0 lead which was all they needed to seal the first South Atlantic Conference sweep in Brevard College history.
Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) was stellar on the mound for the Tornados. She pitched the entire game and surrendered just two hits to the Wolves. The freshman moved to 10-3 on the season after picking up her first South Atlantic Conference win. Amber Holley was charged with the loss as she was touched for six runs, one earned on seven hits. She fell to 3-5 on the season.
Offensively, the Tornados were led by their three, four, and five hitters. Chelsi Mallory went 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Kayla Clemens was 1-of-4 with three RBI, and Becca Curlee delivered the game-winning run with her second inning homer
The Tornados travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the Columbia College Fighting Koalas on Wednesday, March 23rd. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.