Tornados drop both to LMU on last conference homestand
Patterson drives in three in the second game of the doubleheader
Brevard, N.C. - Zak Beard had three hits in the first game and Ron Patterson had a three RBI single in the second game, but the Railsplitters’ bats came alive in the doubleheader as Brevard fell to Lincoln Memorial in both games on Saturday, 18-1 and 7-5.
Game One: Lincoln Memorial 18, Brevard 1
Cody Baker had four hits and John Couch and Eric Kitts had three RBIs a piece as the Railsplitters used an eight-run seventh inning to put the game away in taking game one of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Lincoln Memorial got on the board early, scoring two in the first as Cody Pack scored Cody Baker on a grounder and Juan Alvarez scored on a passed ball as the Railsplitters jumped ahead 2-0 in the first.
Baker plated another run for LMU in the second, scoring Brett Crawford on a single up the middle with two outs off BC starter Jacob White.
LMU added three runs in the fifth on Kitts’ three-run home run, scoring Pack and Gelson Perez and the Railsplitters put two more on the board on Couch’s two-run shot over the right field fence.
The Railsplitters put the game away in the seventh, sending 12 batters to the plate, with eight coming around to score.
The Tornados put their lone run on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Parker led off the inning with a walk and Clark moved him over to third with a base hit to the right centerfield gap. Brett Brinson brought Parker home with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring the first BC run of the game.
LMU added two more runs in the game to give starting pitcher Austin Johnson (5-1) the victory, while Bryan Ebelink pitched the final three innings to record his first save of the season.
Game Two: Lincoln Memorial 7, Brevard 5
Ron Patterson was directly responsible for all five BC runs in the second game, driving in three and scoring twice, but Lincoln Memorial broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning as Pack and Couch drove in runs off Jacob Koontz to take home the 7-5 win and take the season series from the Tornados.
Baker opened the game with a base hit up the middle. After stealing second, Baker advanced on to third on Alvarez’s foul out down the right field line. He came around to score on Pack’s sacrifice fly to left field to give LMU the early lead.
The Tornados answered in the bottom half of the inning as Patterson and Steele Myers both reached to lead off the inning. Randy O’Dell sacrificed Patterson and Myers both into scoring position and Clark hit a slow grounder down the first baseline, scoring Patterson from third to tie the game up at 1.
Nolan Woody hit a lazy fly ball to right field which landed just past the diving outstretched gloves of the BC second baseman and right fielder, scoring Kitts and Deaun Williams to put the Railsplitters back up 3-1.
Brevard loaded the bases to lead off the bottom half of the fourth as Champ Stuart led off with a bouncer up the middle and Parker singled to right field to put runners on the corners. Kameron Armacost was drilled by a pitch, loading the bases and giving way to Patterson, and the senior came through with a base hit to right centerfield, scoring all three runners. Patterson eventually came around to score on Clark’s sacrifice fly to centerfield, giving BC starter Casey Smith the 5-3 advantage.
The Railsplitters battled back with two in the sixth as Williams roped a one-out single to right field, scoring Kitts and Neil Borden off BC reliever Dustin Haithcox (1-3). However, after a 20-minute lightning delay, the Haithcox picked off Williams and retired Woody on a grounder to end the inning.
LMU rallied in the seventh as Pack singled home Baker, while Couch drove in Alvarez to go up 7-5 and the Tornados went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
The Tornados are back in action on Tuesday, April 12th, as they travel to Milligan, Tenn. as they take on Milligan College. First pitch between the Tornados and the Buffaloes is set for 5 p.m.