Tornados split with Virginia Intermont

Mullis and Pruitt go yard

Bristol, Va. - The Brevard College baseball team split a doubleheader at Virginia Intermont Tuesday. The Tornados (6-18) dropped the first game 6-5 but the bats broke open in Game two on the way to a 15-7 Brevard win. Both games were seven inning contests.

Brevard led the Cobras 4-0 heading into the home half of the fifth inning. BC put up two runs in the second. Ronald Patterson laced a one out single to left, stole second, and came around to score on M.A. Dozier’s RBI single. Brett Brinson followed with a double to left center to plate Dozier.

The Tornados put two more across in the fifth inning. Jackie Corn singled to right center with one out and no one on. Matthew Pruitt hit a two-run home run over the center field fence that gave Brevard a 4-0 lead. He finished the day two for four with a run scored and two driven in.

Virginia Intermont mounted a two out rally to score two runs in the bottom of the inning. Logan Welch drew a two out walk, Ed Clark singled to right center, and Lucas Dobbins brought them both home with a single to left.

Brevard tacked on another run in the sixth. Brinson drew a leadoff walk, Eric Renegar singled to right, Kramer Clark grounded out to advance the runners, and Stephen Mullis groundout out to second to drive in Brinson.

Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Virginia Intermont scored four runs on four hits to take a one run lead. Jonathan Basinger hit a one out double to left. Brandon Arnold had a huge two RBI single to right and would later score on Welch’s double to right center. Clark capped off his day at the plate with an RBI single to bring home Welch. Clark finished the game three for four with a run scored and one driven in. Arnold was two for three with a run scored and one driven in.

Kellen Moman drew a one out walk in the seventh but Corey Prescott set down the next two Tornados to record the save. Justin Kopanko worked an inning and a third in relief of Cody Hyden and picked up the win.

Pruitt pitched the first five innings without allowing a run. He finished the day going five and two thirds and giving up five earned runs on seven hits while striking out six. Jacob White suffered his third loss of the season, pitching a third of an inning and allowing one run on two hits.

Brevard scored in five of its seven times at bat to out slug the Cobras 15-7 in game two. Stephen Mullis was the big Tornado bat, going four for five with three runs scored and six driven in. Shane Galloway worked three innings in relief of Joseph Lepore and won his second game this season.

BC raced to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. Mullis started his power surge with a bases loaded double to right center.

The Cobras tied the game with a three run second inning. Greg Cassidy roped a two-RBI single to right and Clark chipped in with an RBI single to left.

Leading 8-7 after five innings the Tornados erupted with five runs in the sixth. Mullis again came up big with the bases loaded, hitting an RBI single to left. Moman followed with an RBI base hit of his own, and Ron Patterson stayed patient to draw a bases loaded walk. Brinson hit a sacrifice fly to center as part of his two-RBI effort in game two.

Mullis saved his best work for the seventh inning, taking a Shawn Powers delivery over the wall in center to drive in himself and Pruitt.

Virginia Intermont hosts Milligan in a double header March 27 with first pitch of Game one scheduled for 1 p.m. The Tornados open a three game home South Atlantic Conference series against Carson-Newman with a single game March 26 at 2 p.m. The teams will play a double header Saturday with first pitch of Game one set for 12 p.m.

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