Brevard, N.C. - Martika Elmore pitched seven hitless innings and gave up no runs in the front half of the doubleheader. She struck out 16 on the day, but was handed the loss in extra innings as the Tornados fell 1-0 and then a suffered the loss in the second game as Brevard fell 6-1 against Milligan.
Brevard falls to 1-4 on the season while Milligan improves to 2-2.
Kristina Clayton drove in the only run for Brevard in the doubleheader, going one for five on the day.
Game 1: Milligan 1, Brevard 0
Elmore allowed just two base runners, both reaching on walks, and struck out 13 of 24 batters.
Her counter, Sidney Burns, gave up three hits, struck out 6, and did not walk a batter.
Clayton, Brittany Jones, and Jennifer Gift accounted for the only Tornado hits.
The Buffaloes only hit, and run, of the game came in extra innings when pinch hitter Megan Heaton drove in pinch runner, Heather Vaccaro.
Vaccaro pinch ran for Melanie Strickler who was placed on second base to start the eighth. NCAA softball rules automatically place a runner on second in extra-innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kayla Dorsey attempted to sacrifice bunt the pinch runner, Kathleen Crady, from second to third, but hit into fielder’s choice as Crady was tagged out, 1-5, at third.Becca Curlee then struck out, followed by a pop out by Brittany Jones to end the game, 1-0.
Game 2: Milligan 6, Brevard 1
Brevard had five hits to Milligan’s nine in the second game, while each team stranded four on base.
Elmore started and pitched 2.1 innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits. Liz Houser relieved her and pitched two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, before Gift came in to finish the remaining 2.2 innings, allowing two hits, while striking out two.
The Tornados scored their only run the third inning. Kayla Dorsey led off the inning singling to the left side of the infield, but was then called out going to second when Brittany Jones hit into a fielder’s choice. Clayton then tripled to centerfield for Brevard’s first triple of the year, driving in Jones.
Milligan’s biggest inning came in the top of the third, as they scored three, which included a Melanie Strickler single that drove in one of her four RBI’s of the game.
Brevard will return to action on Tuesday when North Greenville travels to Brevard for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.