Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s baseball team wrapped up their 2008 season on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados hosted the No. 15 nationally ranked Erskine College Flying Fleet in non-conference action. Erskine used the long ball in game one to defeat BC 10-1 and rode the arm of Erick Guest for a no-hit complete game 4-0 shutout victory in game two.
Game 1: No. 15 Erskine 10, Brevard 1
In game one, the Tornados were out hit by Erskine, as the Flying Fleet used 11 hits, three of which were homeruns, to defeat the Tornados 10-1.
Erskine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, pushing across two runs in the top of the second on two hits and a BC throwing error. Catcher Tyler Layton had a sacrifice fly to center to score Greg Huff from third, while later in the inning Matt Schneider scored from second base on a Tornado throwing error.
The Flying Fleet blew the game open in the top of the fourth inning, pushing across five runs. Third-baseman John Bolding led off the inning with a solo homerun over the left-field fence to put Erskine up 3-0. Centerfielder Keith Hill then singled through the right side of pulled in infield to scored two runs. Second-baseman Chas Anthony then doubled down the left-field line to score Hill, which was followed by a BC error allowing Anthony to score from second and put the Flying Fleet up 7-0.
BC threatened in the bottom of the fourth, putting two men on base with only one out with back to back singles by Luke Lovelace and Josh Miller. However, the threat was quickly put out, as senior Seth Corliss hit a sharp ground ball right back to the pitcher, who started the 1-6-3 double-play to end the inning.
Erskine added a run in the top of the fifth inning by way of a solo homerun off the bat of catcher Tyler Layton, giving the Flying Fleet an 8-0 lead.
After the Flying Fleet added a run in the top of the sixth, senior second-baseman Jesse Swain hit a line drive that went flying over the left-field fence just inside the foul pole for a solo homerun, the first homerun in his four year career at Brevard College.
Erskine’s Schneider answered with a solo homerun of his own in the top of the seventh, while relief pitcher Stephen McCormick put BC down 1-2-3 in the bottom half to give the Flying Fleet the 10-1 win.
The win went to Erskine’s Atlee Pearson (7-1), as the right-hander spread out three hits and four strikeouts over five shutout innings.
Sophomore Shane Galloway (4-7) picked up the loss, as the left-hander allowed eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits over five innings of work.
At the plate, the Tornados four hits came by way of four different players. Swain was 1-2 with a homerun, an RBI and a run scored, while Lovelace, Miller and Corliss were all 1-3 for the game.
Offensively Erskine was led by Layton (2-3, HR, two RBIs and a run scored), Garrett (2-3, with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored), and Schneider (2-4, HR, one RBI and two runs scored).
Game 2: No. 15 Erskine 4, Brevard 0
Game two was controlled by the pitchers on both teams, as the two teams combined to allow only three hits on the game, with Erskine’s starter Erick Guest throwing a complete game no-hitter in the 4-0 win.
Again Erskine jumped out to an early lead in game two, as right-fielder Bryan Fogle singled to third to drive in Chas Anthony and put the Flying Fleet up 1-0 after one inning of play.
Erskine pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth inning on three walks, a fielder’s choice and a BC throwing error to pull ahead 3-0.
The Tornados threatened in both the first and the second innings, getting two men on base in both frames, but failed to push across a run.
Erskine added an insurance run in the top half of the sixth, as third-baseman John Bolding hit a solo shot over the center field fence putting Erskine on top 4-0. The homerun was his second of the day and his eighth on the year.
Erskine’s Erick Guest (1-0) picked up the no-hit complete game win, his first win of the season.
The loss went to BC’s Ryan Toney (2-6), as the right-hander gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits over three innings of work.
Freshman reliever Jacob White had a strong performance, as the right-hander allowed one run on one hit over four innings of action.
The lone hits of the game came from three different Erskine hitters, as Bolding was 1-3 with a solo homerun, Hill was 1-4 and Fogle was 1-3 with an RBI.
The Tornados finished their second provisional year as NCAA Division II members and first year as South Atlantic Conference with a record of 10-38 overall.