Salisbury, N.C. - Catawba went deep four times in doubleheader against the Tornados and though Chelsi Mallory was able to record hits in both contests, it was not enough as Brevard fell to the Indians in both games, 1-0 and 6-0.
Brevard falls to 14-16, 3-5 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Catawba improves to 24-10, 5-1 in conference action.
Game One: Catawba 1, Brevard 0
Emily D. Huneycutt snapped a pitchers’ duel between Emily B. Huneycutt and Kayla Clemens with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, and the Indians escaped a bases loaded jam to keep Brevard off the scoreboard in recording the opening win.
The Tornados and Indians battled through four scoreless innings to begin the game before Brevard threatened to place the first run across the plate, loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Brittany Jones reached on a fielder’s choice and Ally Davenport was hit by a pitch to give Brevard runners on first and second with two outs. Brittany Fowler added a base hit up the middle to load the bases, but Huneycutt escaped the jam as Brittany Tucker’s line drive was tracked down to end the threat.
Huneycutt put the Indians ahead in the bottom half of the inning on the first pitch, driving a ball over the fence in centerfield to give Catawba the 1-0 lead.
The Tornados placed runners on base in both the sixth and the seventh innings, but could not put a crooked frame up on the board in falling in the first game, 1-0.
Game Two: Catawba 6, Brevard 0
Three home runs, including a three-run shot in the bottom of the first by Alli Justice, gave the Indians the advantage early as Catawba recorded the conference sweep over Brevard.
Justice connected on a three-run shot in the bottom of the first, while Kelsey Burgess and Alycia Stiles also cleared the fence for Catawba in the game.
Brevard placed a runner in scoring position with two outs in the top of the fourth as Mallory connected on a double to centerfield, but the senior from Mechanicsville, Va. was left stranded as the Tornados were unable to break the shutout.
Brevard returns home to the BC Softball Field as the Tornados welcome South Atlantic Conference foe Tusculum College to Brevard, N.C. on Saturday, March 24th. First pitch between the Tornados and the Pioneers is set for 1 p.m.