Tornados fall in SAC play to Carson-Newman
Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados fell at home Thursday afternoon against the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles, 9-1 in game one and 8-0 in game two. Brevard falls to 16-22, 2-12 in the South Atlantic Conference while Carson-Newman improves to 25-13, 9-5 in the SAC.
Game 1: Carson-Newman 9, Brevard 1 (6)
Jennifer Gift (7-11) fell victim in the first game of the doubleheader. A fielder’s interference call extended the fifth inning as Carson-Newman plated eight runs in the inning to take the commanding lead. Stephanie Templeton received the win, allowing one run on five hits in the game.
Brevard scored in the bottom of the third. Sarah Carlos sent a two-out offering to the right centerfield fence for a double. The next batter, Beth Brooker, drove a pitch to shallow right field scoring Carlos. Brooker was thrown out on the play trying to advance to second to end the inning with Brevard up, 1-0.
The Tornados nearly scored again in the fourth as they loaded the bases with two outs on Kasey Fagan and Katie Thornburg’s singles and Katie Brown’s walk, but were unable to put across a run as Maddie Fletcher grounded out to end the inning.
Carson-Newman put most of their runs across in the fifth. Gift retired the first batter on a grounder. Amber Hewitt and Leah Price both walked to give the Lady Eagles runners on first and second. The next batter, Jessie Howard, hit a grounder back to the mound that Gift fielded and fired over to third, but the umpires stopped the play and awarded Hewitt third on fielder’s interference.
The Lady Eagles took advantage of the play as Whitney Durham singled home a run and Sarah Little cleared the bases with a two-out double before Amber Palmer capped the scoring with a two-run shot to straightaway centerfield for an 8-1 lead.
Carson-Newman put across their final run in the sixth as Templeton drove in Price on a sacrifice fly to right.
Game 2: Carson-Newman 8, Brevard 0 (5)
Back-to-back home runs in the first inning off Liz Houser (9-10) put Carson-Newman up early in the nightcap of the doubleheader and Mary Shealy retired all fifteen batters she faced to earn the win.
The Lady Eagles scored four in the top of the first as Durham drove home Howard with a double to left center and Little and Kee drove out back-to-back home runs to give Shealy the early lead.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the second as Howard, Templeton and Kee came around to score to make the lead 7-0.
Templeton drove in the final run of the game in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to right field deep enough to score Brianne Coon.
Brevard takes the field again on Saturday, April 18th, as they host their final South Atlantic Conference matchup of the season against Lenoir-Rhyne. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. Carson-Newman keeps to the road for the SAC finale, playing at Wingate also on Saturday at 1 p.m.