Tornados splits Newberry series for first SAC victory
Brevard defeats Newberry 3-1 after falling 7-0 in game one
Newberry, S.C. - After falling to Newberry, 7-0, in the first game of the doubleheader, the Tornados won the second game, 3-1, led by Liz Houser’s complete game effort. Becca Curlee went three for three in the second game with a single and two doubles, scoring two of Brevard’s three runs, while Nicole Heusel drove in two RBIs for Brevard’s first SAC victory of the year.
The Tornados are now 11-12 overall and 1-1 in the conference, and Newberry is now 19-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Game 1: Newberry 7, Brevard 0
Martika Elmore suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on eleven hits, while walking two batters. Elmore who averages over ten strikeout a game, struck out six as she fell to 8-6 on the year.
Amanda Huckestein held Brevard to just two hits while striking out ten in seven innings.
Kristina Clayton singled up the middle for the Tornados first hit of the game in the third inning, and it wasn’t until the seventh inning when Maddie Fletcher singled up the middle for the Tornados picked up their second hit.
Newberry scored two runs in the third, and four in the fifth, before adding their final run in the sixth. Huckestein and Felicia Taylor led the Scarlett and Gray with two RBIs a piece securing the 7-0 victory.
Game 2: Brevard 3, Newberry 1
Newberry scored their first and only run in the second. Sara Powell reached on an error with one out to give the Scarlett and Gray their first base runner of the game. Kayla Dorsey threw Powell out at third the following play as she attempted to advance to third base on a Jessie Teague double to right. Teague advanced to third on a Chelsie Hilbourn single and scored the next at bat on a Courtney Flach single. With runners on second and third Houser forced Chelsea Chipoletti to fly out to Dorsey for the final out.
Brevard answered the next inning when Curlee led off the third with a double followed by Dorsey who laid down a bunt for a base hit, advancing Curlee to third and setting up Heusel for her first RBI of the game when she hit a sacrifice fly to right field knotting the game 1-1.
A Sarah Carlos double drove in Chelsi Mallory, giving Brevard the 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. Houser and Brevard’s defense forced Newberry to abandon three runners on base in the seventh inning to maintain their lead before Heusel knocked in an insurance run for Brevard in the seventh on a single that drove in Curlee making the score 3-1.
The Tornados are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Western Carolina for a doubleheader beginning a 4:00 p.m.