Tornados drop two to #23 Catawba on Saturday

Brevard falls in a series sweep to the Indians

Salisbury, N.C. - The Tornados were unable to overcome the #23 Catawba College Indians in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday at Newman Park, falling in both games of the doubleheader, 16-2 and 8-5.

Jacob White and Joseph Lepore took the losses for Brevard (11-20, 3-14 SAC), while J.J. Jankowski and Austin Moyer took home the wins for the Indians (25-7, 15-3 SAC).

Game One: Catawba 16, Brevard 2
Box Score

Ethan Pressley and Derek Ham drove in RBIs for the Tornados as Brevard scored first in the contest, but a pair of five run innings by the Indians put Catawba in control as the Indians took the first game on Saturday, 16-2.

White (2-2) suffered the loss for Brevard, going 3.1 innings in the start, while Jankowski (5-1) picked up the win for the Indians after six innings’ work.

Brevard struck first in the top of the first inning as Ron Patterson and Randy O’Dell hit back-to-back singles with one out to put runners on first and second. Pressley followed with a two-out single through the right side of the infield, scoring Patterson from second, but O’Dell was thrown out trying for third to end the BC rally.

The Indians took the lead in the second as Blake Houston brought in a run on an infield grounder and Julio Zubillaga drove in a run with single through the left side to put Catawba up 2-1.

Catawba broke the game open, scoring 13 runs from the bottom of the fourth to the top of the sixth, capped by a grand slam by Zubillaga in the bottom of the sixth to go up 15-1.

The Indians added an insurance run in the eighth as Kevin Parrish brought in Cameron Beard to end the scoring for Catawba.

In the top of the ninth, the Tornados loaded the bases with two outs and Ham brought in Tyler Parker by drawing a walk to give Brevard their second run of the game, but the rally was cut short as the Indians retired the next BC batter to end the game.

Game Two: Catawba 8, Brevard 5
Box Score

Kameron Armacost scored three runs in the second game for the Tornados and O’Dell and Merriken each had a pair of RBIs in the contest, but Jordan Kuhn drove in four runs for Catawba as the Indians completed the series sweep over Brevard, 8-5.

Lepore (1-2) pitched four innings in the loss, while Moyer (5-2) took home the win.

The Tornados continued their pattern of scoring in the top of the first in the third game as Armacost reached on a one-out triple to centerfield. Patterson brought home Armacost with a single up the middle to put the Tornados up 1-0. Patterson advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was stranded there as Moyer escaped the inning without any more damage.

Catawba answered in the bottom half of the inning as Ryan Bostian doubled down the left field line and Josh Hohn tied up the game with a single, scoring Bostian. Kuhn drove in two runs later in the inning with a double to put the Indians up 3-1 after one.

The Tornados took the lead again in the third as three runs crossed the plate for Coach Matt McCay’s team. Champ Stuart led off the inning with a base hit and Armacost and Patterson both followed with bunt singles to load the bases before O’Dell brought home Stuart on a fielder’s choice. Merriken then cleared the bases, scoring O’Dell and Armacost on a single up the middle to put Brevard up 4-3.

The lead was short lived as Catawba scored two in the bottom of the third as Chris Dula scored on a wild pitch and Kuhn drove in his third RBI of the game with a base hit scoring Garrett Furr.

An O’Dell single tied the game up in the fifth as Armacost scored on the play, but the Indians responded with a pair of runs in the fifth as Kuhn doubled home Jon Neese and Zubillaga singled in Kuhn to put the score at 7-5 with two innings to play.

Catawba added a final run in the sixth and the Tornados went down in the seventh to end the game and the series.

The Tornados remain on the road as they travel to Bristol, Va. to take on Virginia Intermont College in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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