Long ball gives Tornados split with Newberry
Brevard hits three home runs in game one to earn split with Wolves on Saturday
Brevard, N.C. - Ron Patterson, Randy O’Dell and Zack Merriken all hit pitches out of the ballpark and Brennan Daniels went seven strong innings as the Tornados defeated Newberry, 9-4, in the first game of the doubleheader. However, the Wolves took the weekend series in the second game as Evan Darr drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth in winning the nightcap, 3-1.
The Tornados move to 6-8, 1-5 in the SAC on the season, while Newberry goes to 10-7, 5-1 in conference play.
Game One: Brevard 9, Newberry 4
Daniels (2-1) went seven innings, striking out five in recording his second win of the season against the Wolves, and Patterson and Brett Brinson had three hits apiece as the Tornados evened the series against the Wolves.
Newberry opened the scoring in the top of the first as Kevin Rufus led off the inning with a base hit. He came around to score on a two-out single by Jovan Rohena to put Newberry up 1-0.
The Tornados answered in the second as Brinson led off with a single and O’Dell greeted Newberry starter Cole Robison (2-2) with a two-run shot over the left field fence to put Brevard up 2-1.
After Newberry tied the game up at two apiece, as Chas Goodwin came around to score on a double by Darr in the fifth, but Brevard answered again with the long ball, this time with Patterson sending a pitch over the left field fence scoring Kameron Armacost to put Brevard up 4-2.
Newberry would tie the game up again in the sixth on a pair of RBI singles by Zach Morgan and Goodwin, but Merriken’s home run over the left centerfield fence broke the tie for good in the bottom of the inning. Champ Stuart drove in Steele Myers to give the Tornados the 6-4 lead and the Tornados added two more runs in the seventh and Armacost came across the plate in the eighth on a balk to end the scoring as the Tornados took home the 9-4 victory.
Game Two: Newberry 3, Brevard 1
Evan Brown (1-0) allowed one earned run in five innings and Tyler Sturkie picked up his second save of the weekend as the Wolves spoiled a complete game effort by Brevard’s Casey Smith (1-3) as Newberry won the season series with the 3-1 victory.
Chris Love broke open a scoreless game with a home run over the left centerfield fence in the top of the second to give the Wolves the early 1-0 lead and Newberry plated another run in the fourth as Darr brought home Vogel with a double to left field to give the Wolves a lead from which they would not look back.
The Tornados cut into the lead as O’Dell’s double to left field in the fourth brought home Merriken to put the score at 2-1. Brevard threatened to tie it up with two outs in the inning, but Brown retired Christian Christopoulos on a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Newberry added an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Robby Scaggs brought home Rohena with a base hit up the middle and Sturkie pitched through a jam in the bottom of the inning to give the Wolves the 3-1 victory.
The Tornados remain at home next week, hosting Winston-Salem State University on Gil Coan Field in a nine-inning game on Tuesday, March 1st. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.