Newberry, S.C. - Cody Queen came around to score on a wild pitch, giving the Tornados their first run of the ball game, but backed by a five run fourth inning and a strong pitching effort by Josh McElwee, Brevard fell to Newberry on Friday evening at the Smith Road Complex in the South Atlantic Conference opener, 8-1.
Eric Renegar, Zack Merriken and Christian Christopoulos all recorded hits for the Tornados (3-4, 0-1 SAC), but McElwee drove in four runs in support of his own pitching performance and Hunter Cox was a perfect four-for-four from the plate to give the Wolves (3-5, 1-0 SAC) the edge in the teams’ first SAC competition of the season.
Newberry plated runs in both the bottom of the first and the second as McElwee singled in Andy Vogel and Robby Scraggs top put the Wolves on the board with one out in the inning. Matt Gaine brought in the third Newberry run in the bottom of the second inning, hitting into a double play, but Alex Kirby came around to score to increase the Newberry lead.
Newberry broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth as Cox brought home Kirby with a one-out single to left centerfield and McElwee and Scraggs brought in two runs apiece with a pair of singles to put Newberry up 8-0.
The Tornados ended the shutout bid in the top of the sixth inning as Queen reached on a fielder’s choice. A grounder off the bat of Randy O’Dell moved Queen over to second, before Tarron Robinson reached on a walk to give Brevard two runners on with two outs. A wild pitch drifted far enough away from the Wolves catcher, allowing Queen to score from second base for the Tornados first run of the contest.
The Tornados were unable to mount a comeback in the final two innings in falling in their SAC road opener to Newberry.
Brevard and Newberry continue their three game weekend series tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. for the first game of their scheduled doubleheader. The start time of the contest was moved up due to weather concerns for late Saturday afternoon.