Elmore throws no-hitter as Tornados sweep visiting Davis & Elkins
Brevard takes both games from Senators, 8-0 and 6-3
Brevard, N.C. - Martika Elmore threw a no-hitter in game one with Brittany Fowler and Chelsi Mallory providing the fireworks with a pair of home runs to win game one 8-0, and the Tornados took advantage of a pair of Senators’ errors to plate five runs in the bottom of the fifth as Brevard swept the doubleheader over visiting Davis & Elkins, 6-3.
The Tornados improve to 15-5 on the season with the pair of wins.
Game One: Brevard 8, Davis & Elkins 0 (6 innings)
Kayla Dorsey went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Fowler hit the go-ahead three-run shot in the fourth as the Tornados took the victory in the first game of the doubleheader, 8-0.
After a scoreless three and a half innings, the Tornados struck in the bottom of fourth. Sarah Carlos led off the inning with a base hit to centerfield. After Davis & Elkins starter Britne Bacca retired the next two batters, Ally Davenport drew a walk advancing Carlos to second. Fowler took the first two pitches of the at-bat before hammering the next offering over the left field fence, clearing the bases and giving Brevard their first lead of the game. Dorsey followed with a double to right center, coming around to score on Mallory’s single down the left field line, but Mallory was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double to end the inning with Brevard up 4-0.
Brevard plated two more in the fifth as Kayla Clemens led off the inning with a double off the fence in centerfield. Clemens advanced on a passed ball and came around to score as the relay from the catcher to the pitcher was misplayed and rolled into centerfield as the Tornados went up 5-0. Becca Curlee followed with a single to left field, prompting a pitching change as Alanna Jones came into the game. Carlos and Meredith Davenport both recorded singles to load the bases and Curlee came around to score with two outs, touching home on a wild pitch.
Elmore cruised through the first 5.1 innings without allowing a base runner in throwing a perfect game, but Jones battled Elmore to a full count before drawing a walk to end the perfect game, but the no-hitter remained intact as the senior right-hander forced Daniella Vineyard into the double play to end the inning.
The Tornados put the game away in the bottom half of the inning as Dorsey led off the inning with her second double of the game, this one down the left field line and Mallory followed with her fourth home run of the season, clearing the left field fence to end the game due to the NCAA Mercy Rule.
Elmore (7-3) struck out seven while facing the minimum amount of batters in the game in recording her first no-hitter of the season and third in her career at Brevard College.
Game Two: Brevard 6, Davis & Elkins 3
Alyssa Miller battled through a complete game effort on the mound and Carlos and Brittany Jones drove in two runs apiece as the Tornados came from behind to complete the sweep of the Senators, 6-3.
Davis & Elkins got on the board first in the second game, scoring twice in the top of the third as Amanda Serafini led off the inning with a double to the right centerfield gap. Carissa Dunn advanced her to third on a bunt single. A walk issued to Bacca loaded the bases with none out, but Miller battled back, retiring the next two Senators. Corrine Carrington cracked the seal with a base hit down the left field line, scoring two to put D&E up 2-0.
Brevard answered in the fifth as the Tornados sent 10 batters to the plate in scoring five runs to take the lead. Fowler, Mallory, Clemens, Curlee and Carlos came around to score in the inning which featured four BC hits, two errors, a passed ball and an out due to runner’s interference.
The Tornados added an insurance run in the sixth as Dorsey came around to score on Curlee’s infield grounder.
Davis & Elkins added a run in the seventh as Dunn drove in Williamson but Mallory made an athletic diving catch on a foul ball to end the game as the Tornados completed the sweep.
Miller improves to 8-2 on the season, striking out three while scattering six hits in the contest.
Brevard remains at the BC Softball Field as they host Virginia Intermont College tomorrow afternoon. The Tornados and Cobras split their previous meeting on February 26th as the Tornados took game one from VIC, 3-1, while falling in the nightcap, 4-1. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.