JEFFERSON CITY, TENN.- Eight was the magic number at Carson-Newman University as the Brevard College Tornados (8-23, 2-10 SAC) dropped a doubleheader to the Carson-Newman Eagles (14-16, 5-7 SAC) by the finals of 8-5 and 8-1.
Six different Tornados recorded hits in the contest while senior Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 3 RBIs in the contest. Freshman Joseph Nelms (Malabar, Fla.) has hit safely in ten of the last eleven games for the Tornados while assuming a starting role in the lineup.
The big inning for Brevard came early on as the power bat of Morrison blasted a two run homerun to center field in the top of the first inning to give the Tornados a 2-0 lead. Morrison tallied his third home run of the season and his sixteenth and seventeenth RBIs of the season with the longball.
Carson-Newman responded in the bottom of the second with an RBI single from Brett Langhorne to cut into the Brevard lead.
Seniors Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) and Kyle Morrison extended the Tornados lead in the top half of the third. Martire singled to right field to bring home Hubbard while Morrison used a groundout to first base to collected his third RBI of the game.
The Eagles used a groundout in the third before Joe Nelms (Malabar, Fla.) reached on an error in the sixth that drove home the final Brevard run of the game.
Carson-Newman began the comeback in the top half of the sixth when Paul Kirby sent a fastball over the fence in left field to cut the Tornados lead to just 5-3.
The Eagles would score three runs in the seventh and 2 runs in the eighth to propel themselves to victory, 8-5.
Drake Black (Williamston, S.C.) took to the mound for his second start of the season. He would go seven innings while allowing four earned runs on seven hits and striking out five.
Senior Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) led the six hit Tornados offense as he collected two hits in the finale of the Saturday doubleheader. Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) tallied a hit and the lone RBI of the contest for Brevard while Joe Nelms has currently hit safely in eleven of the last twelve games. Freshman Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.) and Kyle Morrison recorded the remaining two hits for the Tornados as they each added in a hit of their own.
The Tornados drove home their lone run of the contest in the top half of the fifth inning when Morris sent the pitch back where it came from, driving home Martire and cutting the Carson-Newman lead to just one.
Carson-Newman took control of the contest in the bottom half of the fifth with a four spot on the board. The Eagles used a double and a single along with a wild pitch to extend their lead to 6-1.
A two run home run from Ryan Addington in the bottom of the sixth capped off the scoring for the Eagles and brought the game to its final score of 8-1.
Tyler Konzen took the mound for Brevard as he threw seven innings while allowing eight runs on seven hits.
Brevard will return to the diamond in Monday, March 27 as they play host to Toccoa Falls in a midweek matchup at 3:00pm. The Tornados will look to replicate the earlier meeting in the season as they left Georgia with a 12-3 victory against the Screaming Eagles.