Saturday, April 11, 2009


Corn, Merrill each drive home five

Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College baseball team took both games of a doubleheader Saturday against North Greenville, winning 13-4 and 7-6 at Ashmore Field. The Tornados move to 10-26 with the wins, while the Crusaders fall to 8-33.

Game One - Brevard 13, North Greenville 4 (7 inn.)

Shane Galloway pitched a complete game for the victory and all nine Tornado position players tallied at least one base hit in Brevard's most lopsided win of the season. Brice Warner, Jason Merrill and Kellen Moman all hit home runs for Brevard.

Galloway (3-5; Rosman, N.C.) allowed all four runs, scattering 12 hits while striking out four. Chad Drosieko (2-4; Easley, S.C.) started and took the loss, allowing six runs in just 2/3 of an inning of work.

The Tornados came out with bats blazing, scoring six times in the opening frame. After Dosieko struck out the first two batters of the game, nine straight Brevard sluggers reached base. Included in the barrage was an RBI double from Jackie Corn (Hendersonville, N.C.), a run scoring single from Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, N.C.), back-to-back homers from Merrill (Hendersonville, S.C.) and Moman (Greenville, S.C.), with Merrill's being a two-run shot, and an RBI single from Spencer Linn (Fletcher, N.C.).

Another Tornado scored in the 2nd, when Merrill singled home Matthew Pruitt (Hendersonville, N.C.) to push the lead to a touchdown.

After the Crusaders tightened the game with three runs in the 4th, Brevard blew it open with five markers in the 5th. Corn and Merrill each came through with a two-run single, and Josh Miller (Hendersonville, N.C.) brought home a run with a single of his own to make the score 12-3.

The final Tornado run came in the 6th, when Warner (Clover, N.C.) belted a solo home run, his 2nd of the year.

Game Two - Brevard 7, North Greenville 6 (7 inn.)

In contrast to the first game, which was a blowout, the finale was a tight affair that was not settled until Luke Smithson got Dylan Fulk (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice with two on in the 7th.

Jacob White (1-3; Elkin, N.C.) pitched two innings of relief to pick up the victory, while Smithson (Mills River, N.C.) struck out a pair in the 7th en route to his second save of the season. Drew Provence (0-1; Fayetteville, Ga.) took the loss, allowing three runs in two relief innings.

Brevard again took a lead in the 1st, this time with two runs. A two-RBI double from Corn put the Tornados on top by a deuce.

Brevard doubled the lead in the 2nd inning with two more runs. Warner came through with a sac fly and Linn scored another win an RBI single to make the score 4-0.

The Crusader rallied with two runs in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run single from Randy Stegall (Pauline, S.C.) and tied the game with two more in the fourth, as Dayton Lupton (Milner, Ga.) stroked a two-run double off of Brevard starter Seth Laughter (Fletcher, N.C.).

Todd Anderson's team took the lead for good with three runs in the 6th. Linn came up with his third RBI single of the day, and the big blow came three batters later when Warner and Linn each scored an a fielding error by Crusader 2nd baseman Anthony Foulk (Genoa, Ill.), putting the good guys up, 7-4.

The Crusaders made things interesting with two-run homer from Lupton in the 6th, but the Smithson and the Tornados turned North Greenville away for good with clutch pitching in the final inning.

For the day, Corn was 4-7 with 5 RBIs and Merrill was 4-9 with 5 RBIs.

The Tornados are back at Gil Coan Field Tuesday, when they play a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Virginia Intermont. North Greenville plays a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Tusculum on Tuesday.