Tornados Take Series with DH Split
Christopoulos and Renegar each drove in three runs in game two
Anderson, S.C.- The Brevard College baseball team earned a series win over Anderson University with a 10-6 defeat of the Trojans in the second game of a doubleheader at Anderson Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tornados dropped the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 7-5 after prevailing 6-5 in the series opener on Friday night.
Game 1: AU 7, BC 5
The Trojans took a 5-0 lead after two innings against BC starter Zach Joyce (L, 1-4), who allowed seven earned runs over 4.1 innings.
AU took a 6-0 advantage in the bottom of the 4th before BC posted a five-run 5th inning to make a it a one-run game heading into the bottom of the 5th.
The Tornados started the 5th with four straight singles, including RBI singles from Chris Christopoulos and Champ Stuart to make it 6-2.
Eric Renegar then plated a run with a fielder’s choice groundball before Cody Queen knocked in another with a groundout. Kody Spencer brought BC within a run with an RBI infield single with two outs.
The Trojans were able to get the run back in their half of the 5th and hold on to the 7-5 lead for the final four innings, despite Chad Fisher’s 3.2 scoreless innings out of the pen for BC.
Game 2: BC 10, AU 6
The Tornados used a six-run 4th inning to hold off the Trojans in Saturday’s second game and earn the series win.
Trailing 2-1 after three innings, Christopoulos got BC started with a two-run single in the 4th followed by an RBI double from Jay Schulte to give BC a 4-2 lead.
Matt Proffitt followed with an RBI single to put BC ahead by three, and Renegar capped the scoring with a two-run double with two outs to make it 7-2.
The Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the 5th to make it a two-run game, but the Tornados answered with three more runs in the top of the 6th, highlighted by Christopoulos’ solo homer to lead off the inning.
Renegar drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in another run and John Slade made it 10-5 with a sac fly later in the inning.
Christopoulos and Renegar both drove in three runs to lead BC.
Bennett Hixson (W, 2-2) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of BC starter Tyler Lequire, who exited after allowing two runs in just .1 of an inning. Hixson allowed just three hits and two walks in the relief appearance.
BC lefty Dustin Haithcox (S, 1) held the Trojans to an unearned run over the final three innings to earn his first save of the season.
The Tornados return home to host Winston-Salem State at Gil Coan Field at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.