Laurinburg, S.C. - Kayla Clemens recorded her first shutout of the season and Chelsi Mallory went deep again for the Tornados as Brevard toppled St. Andrews on Monday afternoon at Knights Field, 2-0 and 6-1.
Clemens and Alyssa Miller picked up victories for the Tornados (9-9) on the mound as Brevard snapped a seven game skid, while Mary Cross and Brittany Gunn suffered losses for the Knights (6-20) in the doubleheader.
Game One: Brevard 2, St. Andrews 0
Clemens picked up her sixth win of the season and her first collegiate shutout on the mound for Brevard, holding the Knights to four hits while striking out nine batters as the Brevard offense singled their way to victory in the first game of the doubleheader.
Brevard recorded 11 singles in the game against Gunn and St. Andrews recorded four base hits against Clemens as both teams held the opposition without an extra base hit in the contest.
The Tornados plated their first run in the top of the third inning as Emily Boykin led off the inning getting plunked by a Gunn pitch. Boykin advanced to second on a groundout and was brought around to score on Meredith Davenport’s base hit to centerfield breaking a scoreless tie.
The Knights threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the forth, loading the bases with zero outs as Kelsey Lee singled to lead off the frame, Cross reached on an error and Kim Baird drew a walk. Clemens was able to pitch her way out of the frame, retiring two of the next three batters on strikes and recorded an infield popup to keep the shutout and lead intact.
Brevard added an insurance run in the top of the seven as Maddie Fletcher brought Davenport home with a two-out single to left field. Clemens retired the side in the bottom half of the inning for the Tornados victory.
Game Two: Brevard 6, St. Andrews 1
The Tornados broke a close game open in the top of the third as Ally Davenport, Heather Morris and Mallory all recorded RBI base hits in the frame in support of Miller (3-5) and the right-handed sophomore did the rest on the mound, holding the Knights in check for her third win of the season.
Clemens put the Tornados on the board in the first inning, driving in Mallory with a sacrifice fly to left field to give Brevard the early advantage. St. Andrews answered in the bottom half of the inning, putting a crooked frame up of their own as Lee scored on a BC error, knotting the game up at 1 apiece.
Mallory gave Brevard the lead for good in the next inning off Cross, driving the two-out offering over the outfield wall to put the Tornados up 2-1. Brevard put the game away in the next frame, as Davenport, Morris and Mallory followed each other with RBI singles to give the Tornados the 5-1 lead.
The Tornados added a final run in the top of the sixth inning as Ally Davenport drove in her second run of the game, scoring Boykin from second base. Miller made the lead stand up, retiring the Knights in the final two innings to record the win.
Brevard remains on the road as they travel to Greenwood, S.C. to take on Lander University on Thursday, March 8th. First pitch between the Tornados and the Bearcats is set for 3 p.m.