Jennifer Gift records both wins for the Brevard, improves to 5-3 on the season
Jennifer Gift records both wins for the Brevard, improves to 5-3 on the season

Tornados survive grueling contest, sweep doubleheader over Montreat

Brevard takes game one 13-5, then holds on to win a 10-inning batte, 6-5

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Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados offense busted out with 13 runs in the first game against Montreat College on Saturday afternoon, and then survived a grueling 10 inning battle in the second in recording the sweep against the Lady Cavaliers, 13-5 and 6-5.

Jennifer Gift recorded the win in both games and Chelsi Mallory went 5-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored as Brevard moves to 10-4 in 2009. Montreat, with the pair of losses, falls to 6-10 for the season.

Game 1: Brevard 13, Montreat 5 (5)

Four Brevard players recorded multi-hit games and the Tornados batted around in the first inning on their way to a 13-5 victory in game one.

Tornado starting pitcher Gift (5-3) gave up five runs on eight hits, and struck out five in her fourth win of the season while Rachel Stowe suffered the loss. Stowe allowed only five earned runs, but was betrayed by her defense as the Tornados scored eight unearned runs to take the win.

Montreat went three up-three down in the top of the first, leaving way to the Tornados offense. Becca Curlee walked to lead off the inning, a bunt single by Kristina Clayton moved Curlee over to second. Curlee advanced to third on a stolen base and scored on Mallory’s sacrifice fly to left field. The next batter, Jennifer Brown, launched a shot to centerfield that Tameron Sealey tracked down, but the ball glanced off Sealey’s glove for a two-base error that scored Clayton from second. The Tornados proceeded to send the next nine batters to the plate, tallying six more runs before Jennifer Brown flew out to right field to end the inning as Brevard took an 8-0 lead.

The Lady Cavaliers responded in the second as Amy Vogel placed one of Gift’s pitches over the left field wall with Olivia Huffman on base to put the score back at 8-2.

Brevard reopened the eight-run lead in the bottom of the second as Katie Brown scored on a wild pitch and Sarah Carlos drove in Kasey Fagan with a single through the right side of the infield.

Montreat pushed across another run in the top of the third as Jamie Poling scored on Erin Cross’ double to right center, but Brevard matched the run in the bottom half of the inning as Katie Brown drove Clayton home with a base hit up the middle to put the score at 11-3 after three innings.

The Tornados pushed across their last two runs of game one in the bottom of the fourth when Curlee placed a single in-between the outfielders in left center scoring Beth Brooker from second and Mallory placed a line drive just inside the right field line to score Curlee giving the Tornados a 13-3 lead.

Needing three runs in the top of the fifth to keep the game alive, the Lady Cavaliers came close, scoring two as Huffman nailed a double down the right field line scoring Cassie Randall and Whitney Roper, but Gift forced Vogel to pop out to Clayton at shortstop to end the game.

Game 2: Brevard 6, Montreat 5 (10)

The evening game of the doubleheader controlled by Brevard through the first six innings, before a blast by Montreat’s Mandi Pike over the centerfield fence in the top of the seventh tied the game up and sent Brevard and Montreat to extra innings. The two teams traded runs in the extra frames before a single by Clayton scored Carlos from second to complete the sweep for Brevard, 6-5.

Gift received the win, pitching 1.2 innings in relief of starter Liz Houser who went eight and a third, giving up 11 hits and striking out 10 batters for the day. Houser gave up five runs, four earned, in her longest stint on the mound as a Tornado. Stowe pulled double duty for the Cavaliers for the afternoon, pitching 9.1 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs, while striking out eight in recording the loss.

Brevard opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first as Mallory tagged a double to left center and scored on Jennifer Brown’s two-out single.

Montreat responded in the top of the second as Vogel led off the inning with a double to left and scored three batters later on Tiffany Davis’ single that landed just inside the right field line.

In the bottom of the third, a play happened that made a direct impact on the game. A grounder hit by Clayton to the shortstop was fielded, but the throw was wide, forcing first baseman Erin Cross to come off the bag into the path of the runner. Clayton and Cross collided and by the time the dust settled, Clayton was called out and Cross had to come off the field due to injury, making way for new Lady Cavalier first baseman Pike.

Brevard tacked on runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth as Brooker scored on a Stowe wild pitch in the fifth and Katie Thornburg stroked a single to right center driving in Mallory to give the Tornados a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the seventh, with one on and two outs, Pike laced a 2-0 offering from Houser over the left field fence tying the game up and Stowe put the Tornados down in order in the bottom of the inning sending the game into extra innings.

The Lady Cavaliers scored two in the top of the eighth as Davis drove Vogel home with a single to left and Sealey plated Kerby Barkdoll on a base hit as Montreat went up 5-3.

Brevard, however, responded with a pair of their own in the bottom of the eighth as Mallory continued her Saturday afternoon heroics with a double to the fence in left center, scoring Curlee. A two-out single by Katie Brown scored Mallory as the teams went to the ninth.

Montreat threatened in the top of the ninth, putting two runners on with one out, but Gift, coming in to relieve Houser, struck out Vogel swinging and a diving catch by Sarah Carlos at first base on Morgan Mills’ line drive ended the inning with the score intact.

One-two-three innings in both the bottom of the ninth and top of the tenth led way to late game heroics by Clayton as she placed a one-out single up the middle past the glove of Stowe to score Carlos from second as Brevard took home the sweep, 6-5.

Brevard will take a week off for Spring Break and will head back to the field on Monday, March 16th as the Tornados make the trip to Bristol, Tenn. to take on King College. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. Montreat, meanwhile, heads to Limestone College on Thursday, March 12th with game time starting at 2 p.m.

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