Brevard, N.C. - For the second time in as many weekends, Eric Renegar capped off a Brevard College South Atlantic Conference victory as the redshirt sophomore from Stuart, Va. drove a single through the right side of the infield, scoring John Slade from second for the 2-1 Brevard walk-off victory over Anderson.
Casey Smith (2-3) backed a strong start by Zach Joyce, pitching the final three innings and striking out seven in picking up the win for Brevard as the Tornados improve to 24-20, 14-11 in the conference on the season. Riley McDermott (2-4) suffered the loss for Anderson (13-34, 6-19 SAC), despite a stellar pitching performance by J.T. Trujillo.
Anderson opened the scoring in the top of the first as Brett Cash led off the game with a walk. Cash swiped second base, but appeared to be stranded as Joyce retired the next two batters on strikes. Erick Sanderson singled home Cash, driving the ball into left field for the first run of the game.
Brevard answered in the bottom of the second as Randy O’Dell and Christian Christopoulos hit back-to-back one-out singles, and Renegar drew a walk loading the bases. Kramer Clark followed with the RBI, driving a grounder into the gap between first and second, getting thrown out a first, but allowing O’Dell to cross the plate to even the score. A walk issued to Champ Stuart reloaded the bases, but Trujillo escaped the jam retiring the final batter on strikes to end the threat and the inning.
Anderson placed runners in scoring position in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, but Joyce was able to dodge each of the threats to escape with the score intact at 1 apiece.
Smith relieved for the Tornados in the top of the ninth, setting the Trojans down 1-2-3 in the frame, and Brevard threatened to produce the walk-off win in the bottom of the inning. Brevard placed runners on first and third with two outs, but Kyle Francis retired the BC pinch hitter on strikes to send the game into extra innings.
Brevard again threatened in the 10th as Chad Funkhouser reached on a two-out single to centerfield, taking second on the play as the Trojan centerfield bobbled the play. An intentional walk issued to Tarron Robinson brought Cody Queen to the plate, but the BC shortstop flew out to left field to end the inning, sending the teams to the 11th.
Smith again set the Trojans down 1-2-3 and John Slade jumped on the first pitch from McDermott, driving a line drive single into right field. A sacrifice bunt by Christopoulos moved Slade into scoring position before Renegar followed with a bouncer through the right side of the infield. The Trojans right fielder came up gunning, firing towards the plate, but the throw drew the catcher up the third baseline, allowing Slade a lane to get around and slide in ahead of the tag to end the contest.
Brevard and Anderson close out the South Atlantic Conference series tomorrow afternoon at Gil Coan Field. Brevard will recognize the 2012 baseball seniors in a pregame Senior Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m., with first pitch of the doubleheader between the Tornados and the Trojans set to begin at 12 p.m.