Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s baseball team not only took on a challenging 2008 slate which included four top-25 nationally ranked teams on top of the tough South Atlantic Conference full schedule, but also battled a number of injuries to a lot of different players, including some season ending injuries.
Brevard opened up the season at the Swamp Fox Challenge Tournament in South Carolina in which the Tornados loss to Coker College, defeated Lander College in a slugfest and then fell to No. 24 ranked Francis Marion University to leave the tournament with a 1-2 record.
The Tornados then won their next three games, sweeping North Greenville University in a double-header in the home opener on February 12 and then defeated Wingate University on the road in game one of the Saturday, February 16, twin bill. The win over Wingate was the Tornados first win over a South Atlantic Conference opponent on the season. However, the second game loss to the Bulldogs on February 12 started a downward slide for the Tornados as they lost their next seven contests against teams such as Wingate, No. 19 USC-Upstate and Lenoir-Rhyne.
With a 4-9 overall record, Coach Anderson’s squad snapped their seven-game losing streak with a win at 8-3 home over Anderson University on February 28. Over their next 12 games, BC posted a record of 4-8 overall, as the Tornados scored wins over Ohio Valley University, No. 24 Catawba College, Anderson University and Newberry College to move to 9-17 overall heading into the final homestretch of the 2008 season.
Yet, BC again hit a stretch in which they struggled offensively and could not quite get everybody on the same page, dropping their next 12 contests with six of those games coming against SAC foes. The Tornados stopped their longest losing streak of the year on April 12, as BC defeated North Greenville for the third time on the season, winning in Tigerville, S.C. in dominating fashion 5-0. Yet the shutout win was the last of the season for Brevard, as the Tornados faltered down the stretch, falling in their final nine games, including a three-game series sweep by No. 15 Erskine College in the final weekend of play, finishing the season 10-38 overall.
Offensively, freshman Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, NC) led the team with an average of .321 on the year, as he played in 26 games on the season, as the youngster was pressed into duty due to season ending injuries to seniors Chris White (Hendersonville, NC) and Justin Frady (Bessemer City, NC). Frady, who played and started in the first 27 games of the year before suffering a season ending injury, hit .303 with eight doubles and one homerun. Fellow senior Luke Lovelace (Hendersonville, NC), who also battled the injury bug all season long, hit .296 in 38 games and was second on the team with nine doubles and four stolen bases.
Senior catcher and designated hitter Seth Corliss (Hendersonville, NC) led the team with four homeruns and 10 doubles on the year and was second on the team with 22 RBIs, only one RBI behind team leader junior second-baseman Adam Arrowood (Asheville, NC).
On the mound, the Tornados were led by sophomore left-hander Shane Galloway (Rosman, NC), as Galloway led the team with four wins and an ERA of 3.50 on the year.
With five seniors, Corliss, Frady, Lovelace, Jesse Swain (Leicester, NC) and White, all position players, set to leave the BC program in 2008, the Tornados will look for a number of younger players and recruits to step up for BC offensively in 2009. Having competed in one of the toughest conferences and schedules in all of the NCAA Division II level, the Tornados will look to learn and grow from the 2008 season, coming away with priceless experience gained and add to the progress as the Tornados head into the 2009 season.