Tornados fall in a pair of 7-0 games to Mars Hill
Mars Hill pitchers limit Tornados to five hits through the doubleheader
Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados fell in a pair of 7-0 games to visiting Mars Hill College on Saturday afternoon. With the losses, Brevard falls to .500 for the first time this season at 14-14, 1-7 in the conference, while Mars Hill improves to 20-12, 6-2 in the SAC.
Game 1: Mars Hill 7, Brevard 0
Tiffany Farthing and Liz Houser (7-6) matched each other strikeout for strikeout in game one as each hurler recorded seven in the game, but Mars Hill’s offense made the difference in the game as the Lions recorded 12 hits while the Brevard offense was able to manage one.
Mars Hill scored runs in the top of the first and the second as Ashley Seawell hit a two-out solo home run to left field to put the Lions up 1-0 and Anna James came around to score on Jenny Hoyt’s suicide squeeze bunt down the third base line in the second inning.
Mars Hill put another run on the board in the fifth as Seawell picked up her second RBI of the game with a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield scoring Lindsey Barrier with two outs.
The Lions scored four more in the sixth with both Rebekah Huff and Seawell driving in a pair of runs apiece with base hits back up the middle to give Farthing a 7-0 lead to work with.
Farthing retired the first 18 batters she faced before Beth Brooker broke up the perfect game attempt by leading off the bottom of the seventh with a well-placed single to right field, dropping between the right fielder, second baseman and first baseman. However, she was stranded at first as Farthing retired the next three batters to end game one.
Game 2: Mars Hill 7, Brevard 0
Jennifer Gift (7-8) allowed five runs in the top of the first inning before settling down to only allow five hits the rest of the way, but the offensive surge by Mars Hill allowed Paige Brantley to pick up the win for the Lions.
Seawell continued her hot streak in game one where she went 4-4 by driving an opposite field home run over the right field fence in the first inning, scoring Huff and Ashley Angell to put Mars Hill up 3-0. The Lions scored two more in the inning as Jade Bullins singled to left field scoring Ashley Harber and Barrier.
Mars Hill put another across the plate in the fourth as Seawell hit a fly ball in foul territory down the right field line deep enough to score Barrier.
Brevard threatened in the bottom of the fourth as Brooker reached base to lead off the inning after a third strike got away from the Lions catcher. Kristina Clayton sacrificed Brooker over to second and Brooker advanced to third on a wild pitch, but ended stranded there as Chelsi Mallory’s line drive was snagged by the Mars Hill second baseman and Katie Brown grounded out to end the inning.
Mars Hill added their final run in the fifth as Anna James scored with one out on Hayley Brannon’s infield grounder.
The Tornados mounted a rally with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as Becca Curlee and Maddie Fletcher hit back-to-back singles with two outs to load the bases after Katie Brown reached on a fielder’s choice, but Katie Thornburg went down in strikes after fouling off several pitches to end the game.
Brevard takes a break from South Atlantic Conference play Sunday afternoon as they head to Gaffney, S.C. for a doubleheader against Limestone College. First pitch between the Tornados and the Saints is set for 2 p.m. Mars Hill stays in SAC play as they host Catawba on April 7th with first pitch for the doubleheader coming at 2 p.m.