Renegar, Merriken lead Brevard to sweep of Seahawks
Huneycutt and relievers toss two-hit shutout in nightcap
Brevard, N.C. - Eric Renegar went 5-for-5 from the plate in the first game, while Zach Merriken drove in four runs in the first contest, bringing home six runs in the game as Zach Huneycutt and four three relievers combined for the shutout as the Tornados swept visiting Briarcliffe on Wednesday afternoon, 13-6 and 7-0.
Thomas Gill and Huneycutt both picked up their first victories on the mound for Brevard as the Tornados improve to 11-9 on the season.
Game One: Brevard 13, Briarcliffe 6
Brevard plated 11 runs in the first three innings and never looked back as they took the first game of the doubleheader against the Seahawks as the Tornados took the first game over Briarcliffe, 13-6.
The first five batters in Brevard’s lineup reached base in the bottom of the first inning as the Tornados built a 3-0 lead against the Seahawks. Renegar and Cody Queen led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Tarron Robinson reached on a walk to load the bases. Merriken and Champ Stuart followed with RBI singles and Randy O’Dell brought in a run with a groundout to stake BC starter Tyler Lequire to an early lead.
Merriken, Stuart and O’Dell added RBIs again in the second inning, scoring Renegar, Queen and Merriken in the frame to double the Brevard advantage.
Briarcliffe put a crooked frame up on the board in the top of the third inning as David Darcy opened the scoring for the Seahawks, bringing home Joseph Fiorino after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. A BC error led to the second Briarcliffe run crossing the plate as Anthony Mele scored to cut the lead down to 6-2.
The Tornados added five more runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Kramer Clark doing the majority of the damage in the frame with a two-out, two RBI single with the bases loaded, scoring Stuart and Merriken, while Queen, Merriken and Robinson added RBIs in the frame to give Brevard a commanding 11-2 lead.
Brevard added two more runs in the contest as Robinson and Merriken both recorded RBIs in the fourth inning, while Briarcliffe plated runs in the fourth and fifth innings with Ralph Perez and Thomas Butler bringing in Seahawks’ runs.
Dustin Haithcox closed out the contest in the top of the seventh inning, retiring two of the four batters he faced on strikes to end the first game of the contest in favor of the Tornados.
Game Two: Brevard 7, Briarcliffe 0
Huneycutt pitched three scoreless innings and Kevin Hamilton, Kody Miller and Casey Burnette combined to throw four hitless innings as the Tornados shutout the Seahawks in the nightcap of the doubleheader, topping Briarcliffe 7-0 in game two.
Brevard pushed runs across in the first five innings with Merriken drilling a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, while Robinson, Kameron Armacost and Queen all recorded RBIs and Stuart scored on a wild pitch as Brevard recorded their 11th win of the 2012 season.