Harrogate, Tenn. – The Brevard College softball team was able to sweep South Atlantic Conference opponent, Lincoln Memorial Unviersity on Wednesday afternoon. It took eight innings for the Tornados to take game one by a score of 3-0, and Brevard took the nightcap 4-3.
With the sweep, Brevard improved to 26-13 on the season and 6-6 in South Atlantic Conference play. LMU is now 22-19 on the season and 3-9 in SAC match-ups.
Game One: Brevard 3, Lincoln Memorial 0 (8 Innings)
It took until extra innings in the opener for either team to plate a run. The Tornados came to the plate in the eighth and started with Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) on second base, as she was the final out in the seventh. Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.) led off the inning with a bunt single, moving Dorsey to third. Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) sent a fly ball to centerfield, scoring Dorsey on the sacrifice fly to give the Tornados a 1-0 lead. Mallory moved up to second on the throw home. Sarah Carlos (Eagle River, Alaska) hit an infield single, moving Mallory to third. With runners at first and third, Emily Boykin (Chapel Hill, N.C.) hit a single back up the middle scoring Mallory and putting BC up 2-0. Brittany Jones (Fort Mill, S.C.) was next at the plate for Brevard and hit a single to left field, to score Carlos giving Brevard the final 3-0 edge.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) picked up her 14th win of the season after going the distance in the shutout. Elmore piled up 12 strikeouts in her eight innings of work and scattered just three hits and walked one to move to 14-7 on the season. Katie-Jo Gentry pitched all eight innings for LMU and fell to 5-9 after being charged with the loss. She surrendered three runs, two earned, on nine hits.
At the plate, Brevard used nine hits to score three runs. Carlos went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Jones, Boykin, and Curlee each chipped in an RBI.
Game Two: Brevard 4, Lincoln Memorial 3
Brevard started quickly out of the gate in the nightcap, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) led off the inning reaching safely on an error. Dorsey went to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but was able to get a single out of it, pushing Fowler to second. Mallory was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load up the bases. Fowler scored while Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) was at the plate. Fowler came in on a passed ball. Clemens laid down a squeeze bunt to score Dorsey, putting Brevard up 2-0 after a half-inning of play.
The Railsplitters return-fired in the bottom half when they plated a pair of runs on four hits and one Brevard error.
Lincoln Memorial took their only lead of the doubleheader when they scored a run in the second. The Railsplitters scored an unearned run off of a Tornados’ error, giving them a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
Brevard didn’t answer until the fourth inning. Clemens led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a fielding error by the left fielder. Curlee laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Clemens up to third. Carlos was next to bat, and tied things up with a single through the left side, making it 3-3.
The Tornados took the final lead of the game in the seventh. Meredith Davenport (High Point, N.C.) led off the inning with a single. Fowler reached safely on an error in the next at-bat bringing Dorsey to the plate. Dorey laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Davenport and Fowler up a bag. With runners at second and third, the Railsplitters intentionally walked slugger Chelsi Mallory. Davenport was thrown out at home on the next at-bat when Clemens hit a grounder to second. Curlee was able to draw a walk to score Fowler from third in the next at-bat, putting the Tornados up 4-3.
Elmore was able to slate the win in the second game as well. She moved to 15-7 with the victory after pitching all seven innings. She was touched for three runs, one earned, on five hits in the win. She struck out eight and walked just two.
Offensively, Davenport had a pair of base knocks, while Carlos, Curlee, and Clemens each had a hit and an RBI in the win.
Brevard is back in action on Friday, April 8th when they travel to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.