Tornados split with Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon
Liz Houser wins fourth consecutive start, while Tornados offense produces 21 hits
Black Mountain, N.C. - The Tornados split their Saturday afternoon doubleheader on the road in Black Mountain, N.C. against Montreat College, losing the first game 3-2, while Jennifer Brown’s two-run double in the top of the seventh put the game away for Brevard in the second game, 6-1.
Brevard moves to 6-2 for the season, while Montreat stays even at 5-5.
Game 1: Montreat 3, Brevard 2
Jennifer Gift (2-2) threw her fourth complete game of the season, allowing three runs and striking out two in 6.1 innings, but dropped her second straight contest as the Tornados offense was unable to clear the bases, stranding 12 runners against Montreat starter Rachel Stowe.
Becca Curlee went 2-4 with a run and an RBI for the Tornados, while Jamie Poling went 2-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored to lead the Cavaliers.
Brevard opened the scoring in the top of the third as Curlee led off the inning with a single up the middle. A bunt single by Kristina Clayton moved Curlee into scoring position where she scored on Katie Thornburg’s one-out single through the right side of the infield, giving Brevard the 1-0 lead.
The Tornados put another run on the board in the fourth as Jennifer Brown opened the inning with a single to right. Brown advanced to third after a pair of outs, before scoring on an error by the Cavaliers shortstop on Curlee’s grounder.
Montreat tied the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth as Tiffany Davis reached on a one-out single. A base hit by Poling moved Davis to second, where she scored on Tameron Sealey’s single. Amber Summerow’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Poling to tie the game.
Brevard loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and in the sixth, but were unable to push across a run as Katie Brown ended the fifth with a grounder to the shortstop, and Brooker flew out to right to end the sixth.
The Cavaliers pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Poling led off the inning with a double to left. Sealey’s single moved Poling over to the third, where she scored on Erin Cross’s one-out walk-off single as Montreat took game one, 3-2.
Game 2: Brevard 6, Montreat 1
Liz Houser (4-0) stayed undefeated in the nightcap, giving up seven hits, and striking out two as the Tornados offense pounced on Montreat starter Meredith Mitchell early as they cruised to the win.
Clayton went 2-4 in the second game, with a pair of runs scored, while Summerow had two hits for Montreat.
The Tornados got on the board in the top of the first as Curlee opened up the inning with a base hit to centerfield, and moved all the way around the bases, scoring on a passed ball by Montreat catcher, Pike.
The Cavaliers responded in the bottom of the inning, tying the game up with Summerow scored on Cross’s double to left, to put the game at 1-1.
Brevard added unearned runs in the top of the third and the fourth as Clayton scored on an error by Montreat’s third baseman in the third after opening the inning with a double, while Katie Brown came across the plate in the fourth on a two-out error by the Cavalier’s first baseman as Brevard went up 3-1.
Houser meanwhile, was moving through the Montreat lineup. After allowing the run in the first inning, Houser allowed only five more runners in recording her fourth straight complete game.
The Tornados put the game away in the top of the seventh as the Tornados loaded the bases on three consecutive singles by Clayton, Mallory and Brooker. Thornburg was plunked by Mitchell, bringing Clayton home, and Jennifer Brown smashed a double to straightaway centerfield, driving in Mallory and Brooker as the Tornados sealed the split, 6-1.
Brevard takes a week off before heading to Simpsonville, S.C. to take part of the Mid-South Classic. Brevard opens the Classic with a pair of games on Friday, February 27th, against West Virginia State and Tiffin University. First pitch for the Brevard-State game is set for 6 p.m.