Robinson, Stuart pace Tornados in slugfest over Eagles
Tornados hit four home runs in topping Carson-Newman 16-8
Jefferson City, Tenn. - Tarron Robinson went deep twice and Champ Stuart added five hits and five RBIs as the Tornados bats came alive in toppling host Carson-Newman in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Baseball Club in winning 16-8.
Brennan Daniels (2-0) picked up his second victory of the season pitching 5.1 innings in relief for Brevard (9-9, 5-4 SAC), while Carson-Newman (8-12, 5-4 SAC) went through nine pitchers on the mound in suffering the loss.
Offensive fireworks were on display early for both teams as they combined for seven runs in the first frame and both teams left the bases loaded in the inning. Robinson drilled a three-run home run down the left field line and over the fence for the Tornados, while a pair of RBI doubles, an RBI single and a run scored on a wild pitch gave the Eagles the 4-3 lead after the first inning.
The Tornados evened the score in the top of the second as Stuart brought in Robinson with a two-out single, before Brevard broke the game open, scoring eight runs in the middle three frames to take a commanding lead in the contest.
Stuart and Randy O’Dell brought in the runs in the fourth inning, with Stuart hitting a home run over the left field fence, scoring Cody Queen and Zach Merriken, while O’Dell hit a solo shot in the frame to put Brevard up 8-4. Merriken and Kramer Clark added RBIs in the fifth and Queen and Robinson came across the plate in the sixth, giving Brevard a 12-4 lead.
Carson-Newman chipped away, plating three runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning as Kyle Koeneman drove a three-run home run over the left field fence, scoring Zach Long and Mason Guyman, chasing Daniels from the contest. However, Hixson limited the damage by retiring the side to keep the Eagles at bay.
A two-run single by Queen and another Robinson home run, this time to straightaway centerfield scoring Queen, put Brevard back up by nine after the seventh inning. The Eagles put up a final crooked frame in the bottom of the eighth as Lance Reed brought in Long with a base hit through the right side, but Hixson retired Carson-Newman in order in the ninth to end the game for Brevard.
Brevard returns home to Gil Coan Field on Wednesday, March 7th as the Tornados welcome Briarcliffe College to Brevard for a doubleheader. First pitch between the Tornados and the Seahawks is set for 1 p.m.