Queen powers Tornados to doubleheader sweep over Lenoir-Rhyne

Brevard puts together 11 run inning in second game to clinch first SAC series victory

Brevard, N.C. - Cody Queen went deep twice in the first game and finished the day 7-for-8 from the plate as the Tornados downed the visiting Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears on Saturday afternoon at Gil Coan Field behind strong pitching performances by Johnathon Chaplain and Dylan Lee in completing the doubleheader sweep with 8-1 and 14-1 victories.

Champ Stuart and Tarron Robinson also added home runs for the Tornados (6-7, 3-2 SAC) as Brevard clinched their first South Atlantic Conference series victory in taking the first two games in the weekend series against the Bears (3-14, 1-4 SAC).

Game One: Brevard 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Box Score

The Tornados jumped on the Bears early in the first game, led by pair of solo home runs by Queen and a shot by Stuart to back six innings of solid pitching by Chaplain (1-1) as the freshman right-hander recorded his first collegiate victory in the win against the Bears.

Brevard opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Queen drilled a 1-0 pitch from Jared Carroll over the left field fence and into the BC bullpen to put Brevard up 1-0. The Tornados continued to threaten in the inning, putting runners on second and third with two outs as Robinson and Chad Funkhouser both advanced into scoring position, but the Tornados were unable to increase their lead as Carroll retired the side to end the threat.

Brevard added two more in the second inning as Stuart opened up the frame driving a ball over the left field fence to put another run on the board and Queen scored on a botched pickoff play to the plate to give the Tornados the 3-0 lead.

The Tornados added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Funkhouser drove in Robinson with a two-out single up the middle.

Lenoir-Rhyne put a run across in the top of the sixth as Mike Gasque singled through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Will Whitty followed with a double to right centerfield, scoring Gasque to give the Bears a crooked frame on the board.

The Tornados answered with run in the bottom half of the inning as Kameron Armacost sacrificed home Kramer Clark to answer the Bears.

Brevard put the game away in the bottom of the seventh as Queen led off the inning with his second home run of the contest with a shot over the left centerfield fence and Stuart added a two RBI single later in the frame, scoring Bennett Hixson and Funkhouser to give the Tornados the 8-1 advantage.

Casey Smith worked the final three innings on the mound for the Tornados, facing two batters over the minimum in retiring the Bears and recording his first save of the 2012 season.

Game 2: Brevard 14, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Box Score

Brevard sent 15 batters to the plate, with 11 scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game away as the Tornados backed Dylan Lee’s (2-1) strong pitching performance to give the Tornados the doubleheader sweep on the afternoon.

Christian Christopoulos reached on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch with two outs in the fourth inning, coming around to score on Eric Renegar’s base hit up the middle off Bears’ starter Ryan Jones (2-3) to put the first run of the game across the plate.

Dalton Hall answered for the Bears in the top of the fifth inning, driving a 3-1 offering from Lee over the left field fence to knot the game up at 1 apiece.

Brevard broke the game open in the bottom half of the inning with Clark doing the majority of the damage from the plate as the senior left fielder drove in four of the Tornados 11 runs in the frame, bringing home Zack Merriken and Stuart on a double to right centerfield and then singled in Merriken and Funkhouser later in the inning as the Tornados strung together nine hits and took advantage of three L-R errors to go up 12-1.

The Tornados added two more in the bottom of the sixth as Robinson lofted a one-out home run clearing the left centerfield fence and scoring Queen from second to end the scoring in the contest, while BC reliever Hixson retired the final six batters of the game, striking out two in completing the victory.

Brevard and Lenoir-Rhyne wrap up their weekend series on Sunday, February 26th at Gil Coan Field, with first pitch of the nine-inning contest between the Tornados and the Bears set for 1 p.m.

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