Brevard, N.C. - Alyssa Miller pitched a two-hitter to lead the Tornados to victory in game one and Chelsi Mallory’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth completed the Brevard comeback in game two as Brevard swept visiting Virginia Intermont College on Monday afternoon at the BC Softball field, 2-0 and 6-5.
Miller (2-0) and Kayla Clemens (2-0) both pick up their second wins of the season as Brevard improves to 4-0 on the year, while the visiting Cobras fall to 0-4 on the 2012 season.
Game One: Brevard 2, Virginia Intermont 0
Mallory and Brittany Fowler both drove in runs, giving BC starter Miller all the support she needed as the sophomore right-hander set down 11 Cobras on strikes as Brevard shutout visiting Virginia Intermont in the first game of the doubleheader.
The Cobras threatened in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with two outs as Amber Palmer and Samantha Perry-Shifflet reached on walks and Megan Perry Shifflet hit a single to centerfield. However, Miller was able to escape the jam, retiring Rachel Cook on an infield popup to keep VIC off the scoreboard.
Brevard jumped ahead in the bottom of the first as Meredith Davenport led off the inning with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt and a Mallory single moved Davenport to third with one out, and Brittany Tucker drew a walk from VIC starter Bailee Packett to load the bases. Fowler followed and was able to coax a full count walk, scoring Davenport from third to put Brevard up 1-0 after one.
The Tornados extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Brittany Jones and Davenport reached on back-to-back singles and Ally Davenport drew a full count walk, loading the bases with two outs. A fielding error off the bat of Mallory brought Jones around to score, providing the Tornados with an insurance run.
Miller cruised through the final three innings, retiring five batters in a row on strikes in recording her first shutout of the season and fifth of her career with Brevard.
Game Two: Brevard 6, Virginia Intermont 5
Virginia Intermont scored five runs in the second inning, taking advantage of two Brevard errors to go up 5-1 against BC starter Clemens. However, backed by a three hit game by Ally Davenport, the Tornados rallied against VIC pitcher Rachel Watts and Mallory put Brevard ahead for good with a two-run double as Brevard completed the sweep with the 6-5 victory.
The Tornados again got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as Davenport was hit by a pitch to reach first base with one out. Clemens followed one batter later, drilling a triple to the right field fence as Brevard went up 1-0 early.
Virginia Intermont exploded with five runs in the top half of the second inning, taking advantage of two Brevard errors along the way to build the early lead. Chelsea Forney opened the inning with a single as first five VIC batters reached base. Forney came around to score on a fielder’s choice, before Tamara Campbell broke the game open with a two RBI double down the left field line, scoring Ashley Fields and Laurel Pace. Rachel Cook followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Palmer and the relay to third base sailed down the left field line, scoring Campbell from second to put the Cobras up 5-1.
Brevard chipped away at the lead, plating a run in the bottom of the fourth as a throwing error on Tucker’s bunt attempt put both Boykin and Tucker in scoring position with zero outs. Maddie Fletcher followed with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Boykin from third base, but Tucker was picked off third base on the next pitch, ending the BC scoring threat in the inning.
Clemens kept Virginia Intermont off the scoreboard as the Tornados headed into their final two plate appearances and Brevard came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tucker reached on a one-out single and stole second before coming around to score on Jones’ base hit to left field. Jones made her way to third base on a wild pitch as Meredith Davenport reached on a walk. Ally Davenport followed with a base hit, slapping the ball through the left side of the infield to score Jones, bringing Brevard back within one with two outs in the inning. Mallory completed the comeback, driving a 2-1 offering to the left centerfield fence clearing the bases to put Brevard up 6-5 heading into the final inning.
Clemens retired the side in the top of the seventh to record her second win of the season as the Tornados swept their 2012 home opener at the BC Softball field.
Brevard returns to the road as they travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on Pfeiffer University on Saturday, February 18th. First pitch for the doubleheader between the Tornados and the Falcons is set for 2 p.m.