Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College softball team split with South Atlantic Conference opponent, Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon. The Tornados put on a hitting display scoring five runs on nine hits to win the opener 5-1, but fell in the second game of the twinbill 3-1.
The Tornados moved to 24-11 on the season and 4-4 in SAC play, with Mars Hill continuing to keep an identical record as the Tornados after the split.
Game One: Brevard 5, Mars Hill 1
Brevard jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) reached on a fielding error by the Lions’ right fielder. Two batters later, the Brevard College all-time home run leader, Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.) belted her seventh home run of the season, upping her career total to 13 and adding another homer to her single-season record.
Brevard added to their two-run lead in the third. Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Mallory attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat, but the ball was thrown away by the first baseman, allowing Mallory to reach safely. Dorsey moved up to third on the throw. Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) reached safely on a fielder’s choice, but Mallory was out at second. Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) laid down a bunt with runners on first and third, scoring Dorsey from third and moving Clemens to second. Sarah Carlos (Eagle River, Alaska) singled on a bunt in the next at-bat, loading the bases for Brittany Jones (Fort Mill, S.C.). Jones slugged a deep fly ball to centerfield, which was caught for a sacrifice fly, scoring Clemens from third.
The Tornados added one more in the fourth when Mallory slugged a double to left centerfield, scoring Dorsey from first to make it 5-0.
Mars Hill attempted to make a comeback and scored one run in the fifth, but the Tornados were able to hold off the Lions’ attempt, making the final 5-1 in the opener.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) picked up the win in her 19th start of the season. Elmore advanced to 13-6 on the season after being touched for one run on four hits in seven innings of work. Elmore punched out nine in the win. Hannah Light was charged with the loss as she was hit for five runs, three earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.
At the plate Mallory led the way going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and one run scored. Curlee was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Meredith Davenport (High Point, N.C.) went 2-for-3 as well.
Game Two: Mars Hill 3, Brevard 1
The Tornados and Lions were scoreless through four innings until Mars Hill struck first in the second game of the doubleheader. Chelsea Varner reached on a fielding error by the Tornados shortstop, bringing Amanda McArthur to the plate. McArthur hit a two-run homer, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead.
Mars Hill added to their 2-0 lead when Taylor Morris hit a single to right centerfield, scoring Stephanie McGrath from second base. The Lions led Brevard 3-0 heading into the sixth.
Dorsey led off the top of sixth with a solo homer, her first bringing Brevard to within two, but the Tornados couldn’t mount the comeback necessary to take things into extra innings.
Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) pitched well in her 16th start. She was touched for three runs, two earned on six hits through 5.2 innings of work. Miller fell to 11-5 with the loss. Elmore came in relief to throw the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit. Morris picked up a win, moving to 12-3 on the season after allowing just one run on six hits.
The Tornados host their second South Atlantic Conference doubleheader in two days as the Catawba Indians come to Brevard on Sunday, April 3rd. First pitch of the opener is set for 1 p.m. at the Brevard College Softball Field.