Carlos' six-RBI day lifts BC to sweep in twinbill
Sarah Carlos had six RBI in the Tornados' sweep of Georgia College & State
Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College softball team was able to complete a sweep of the Georgia College & State Bobcats in a doubleheader on Wednesday. They downed the Bobcats 6-5 in the opener, and took the twinbill finale 5-3.
The Tornados move to 9-3 on the season following the sweep of the Bobcats.
Game One: Brevard 6, GCSU 5
The Bobcats opened up the scoring in the top half of the first when Anna Parker hit a one out single to score Whitney Okvist from second.
Brevard was able to return-fire and score a run in the bottom half. Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) hit a lead-off single. Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicville, Va.) moved Fowler to second when she hit a one-out single up the middle. Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) loaded the bases by drawing a two-out walk, which brought Sarah Carlos (Eagle River, Alaska) to the plate. Carlos hit an infield single to plate Fowler from third and nod things up at one run a piece.
The Bobcats drew blood again in the third when Parker hit a solo homer to give them a 2-1 lead.
Brevard was able to answer back in the bottom of the fourth. Brittany Jones (Fort Mill, S.C.) was able to reach on a one-out error by the first baseman, allowing her to advance to second on the errant throw. Ally Davenport (High Point, N.C.) then reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, and Jones moved up to third. Fowler came to the plate and drove in a run on an infield single. Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) singled through the left side which loaded the bases as Davenport moved to third and Fowler to second. Mallory was able to draw a two-out walk, giving her an RBI and Brevard a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth.
Georgia College & State struck back for three runs in the fifth when Haley Burnett hit a two-run single and Lindsey Conway singled up the middle to score Burnett. The Bobcats led the Tornados 5-3 heading into the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, BC had two outs against them when Kayla Dorsey (Sebring, Fla.) came to the plate. Dorsey doubled to deep centerfield, which brought Emily Boykin (Chapel Hill, N.C.) in as a pinch-runner for Dorsey. Curlee followed up with a single, and advanced to second on the throw home, as Boykin held up at third. Carlos stepped into the batter’s box and hit a single up the middle, plating both Boykin and Curlee, making it 5-5 with two-outs in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos moved up to second on the throw by the centerfielder, who was attempting to throw Curlee out at home. Maddie Fletcher (Charlotte, N.C.) stepped in as a pinch hitter for the Tornados. She hit a lazy pop-up with two-outs. The Bobcats’ shortstop and second baseman each were calling and ran into each other as the ball fell off of shortstop’s glove. Carlos had taken off on contact allowing her to come around and score, giving Brevard a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh.
Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) shut the door in seventh, getting three straight groundouts. Elmore started the game for the Tornados and pitched to her sixth complete game of the season. She was touched for five runs, two earned in the win, as she advanced to 4-2 on the season. Elmore punched out seven and walked just three. Haley Burnett was charged with the loss for Georgia College & State. She fell to 0-5 on the season.
Sarah Carlos finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, with three RBI, and scored the winning run. Chelsi Mallory went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Brittany Fowler went 2-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Game Two: Brevard 5, GCSU 3
The Tornados took an early 3-0 lead in the first when the Bobcats’ pitcher, Chelsie Huffman walked the bases loaded with two outs, setting the stage for Sarah Carlos. Carlos roped a three-run triple to left-centerfield.
Georgia College & State answered in the third when Shahlisa Shirley hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Kati Pickowitz, making it 3-1 in favor of the Tornados.
Brevard extended their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Kayla Dorsey singled home Ally Davenport.
Brevard was able to add to their lead and make it 5-1 in the sixth. Brittany Jones hit a lead-off double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ally Davenport. Meredith Davenport (High Point, N.C.) was able to plate Jones from third on a groundout.
The Bobcats scared the Tornados by scoring two in the seventh, but freshman starter Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) was able to hold off the late push by Georgia College & State. Miller went the distance, adding a fifth complete game to her 2011 resumé. She was hit for three runs, two earned on six hits. Despite walking seven she picked up her fifth win of the season, moving to 5-1 on the year. Huffman was charged with the loss for the Bobcats, as she fell to 1-3 on the year.
The Tornados are back on the diamond Saturday, February 26th when they travel to Virginia Intermont. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.