Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College softball team dropped their season finale with #10 ranked Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday afternoon as Sarah Carlos, Kayla Dorsey, and Martika Elmore were recognized in their last home doubleheader on Senior Day. The Tornados were unable to come back from an early 3-0 deficit as they fell 6-0 in the opener, and dropped the second game 6-4.
The Tornados are now 28-19 on the season and fell to 6-12 in South Atlantic Conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 37-8 on the season and 16-2 in SAC match-ups as they took the regular season title.
Game One: Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Brevard 0
The Tornados fell behind early in the opener as the Bears put up a three-spot in the first inning. Three extra base hits by the opening three batters gave Lenoir-Rhyne a quick 2-0 lead and a Jessica Fellmeth groundout put the Bears up 3-0 in the opening frame.
Lenoir-Rhyne added to their 3-0 lead in the third when Carlee Carpenter and Fellmeth each drove in a run in the inning to put the Bears on-top 5-0.
L-R plunged the final dagger when they put up their sixth run of the game in the sixth inning when Jody Mizelle hit an RBI-single up the middle to score Heather Brock.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) was charged with the loss as she fell to 16-10 on the season. She was touched for six runs on 10 hits, while striking out seven in the loss. Dawon Millwood picked up the win for Lenoir-Rhyne as she moved to 21-4 on the season. She went a complete game allowing just two hits.
Game Two: Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Brevard 4
After a scoreless opening inning the Bears struck first in the nightcap of the twinbill. Lenoir-Rhyne scored a pair of runs in the second when Brandi Haithcock doubled home Fellmeth giving them a 1-0 lead. Mizelle was able to single home Haithcock later in the inning to put the Bears up 2-0.
The Bears added another pair of runs in the third and went on-top 4-0 after Sarah Atkins and Haithcock each drove in a run.
Lenoir-Rhyne made it 5-0 when Kat Rivers hit an RBI-double to left centerfield in the fifth to score Carpenter from first.
The Tornados hit the scoreboard for the first time in the fourth. Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.) led off the inning with a walk. Elmore was next to the plate and singled to leftfield, advancing Mallory to second. With a full-count, Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) stung a pitch well over the wall in left field for her second homer of the season. The three-run bomb put Brevard to within striking distance as they trailed 5-3 heading into the fifth.
L-R added a run to their lead when Mizelle brought home another run to put the Bears up 6-3.
The Tornados attempted to make a comeback in the sixth as Becca Curlee (Eagle River Alaska) scored Mallory on a groundout to put Brevard back to within two, 6-4. But they were unable to mount the comeback as they fell by that score.
Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) was saddled with the loss as she fell to 12-9 on the season. She surrendered six runs, five earned on 11 hits in the loss. Megan Laxton picked up her fourth win of the season moving to 4-1 as she pitch five innings allowing four runs on three hits. Millwood earned her second save pitching a flawless seventh inning.
The Tornados have earned a spot on the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament. Brevard earned the seventh seed in the tournament and will face-off with second seed Carson-Newman College on Wednesday, April 20th in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Be sure to check-in at BCTornados.com periodically to find out what time the Tornados and Eagles square-off.