Brevard, N.C. –The Brevard College Tornados split a doubleheader with the Carson-Newman Eagles at Gil Coan Field on Saturday afternoon, rallying to take the first game 2-1 in dramatic fashion before falling 2-0 in game two.
Game One - Brevard 2, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Brevard catcher Christian Christopoulos spoiled Chris Armstong’s (L, 2-2) no-hit bid with a single to start the top of the 8th inning, sparking a two-run inning that gave BC the lead for the first time in the game.
In the top of the 9th, BC leftfielder Matt Proffitt threw out the game-tying run at home plate for the third out, giving BC a win in the series opener.
Christopoulos scored on a Matt Proffitt one-out RBI single to tie the game at 1-1 in the 8th. Proffitt was then erased on a fielder’s choice that allowed Alex McGee to reach 1st.
McGee stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on an error before scoring on a wild pitch to put BC in front 2-1.
Alex Litaker (S, 2) came in for the 9th and surrendered a leadoff single to Bo Ausmus, who advanced to 2nd on a groundout before moving to 3rd on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Joe Tipton flew out to left, setting up Proffitt for the game-ending outfield assist. Proffitt delivered a strike from left to Christopoulos who applied the tag to Ausmus tagging from 3rd.
BC starter Kevin Hamilton (W, 3-0) held the Eagles to just one run over eight innings on the mound, scattering six hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. Hamilton shutout Carson-Newman for seven straight innings after allowing a sacrifice fly in the top of the 1st inning.
Game Two – Carson-Newman 2, Brevard 0
BC starter Nick Blackwood (L, 0-1) held the Eagles to just two runs (one earned) over 6.1 innings, but the Tornados struggled against Carson-Newman starter Alex Britt (W, 2-1).
The Tornados had five hits, but couldn’t string together more than one in any inning. Britt tossed all seven innings for Carson-Newman while striking out six.
The Eagles scored in the 1st on a Zach Long RBI double but not again until the 6th when Trace Rogers, who reached on an Eric Renegar throwing error, scored on a fielder’s choice groundout to make it 2-0 in favor of the Eagles.
Chad Fisher got the final two outs in the Carson-Newman 7th, stranding runners at 1st and 3rd. The Tornados, however, went down in order in the bottom of the 7th inning.