Bristol, Va. - The Brevard College softball team pulled off a pair of late-inning rallies to complete the sweep of Virginia Intermont on Thursday evening, and Kayla Clemens picked up a pair of wins as the Tornados defeated the Cobras 8-2 and 10-7.
Brevard improves to 22-21 on the season, while Clemens improves to 14-13 overall with the pair of victories. Virginia Intermont falls to 19-26 in 2012.
Game One: Brevard 8, Virginia Intermont 2 (8 inn.)
Brevard erupted for six runs in the top of the eighth inning, sending all nine batters to the plate in the frame, with six different players driving in runs as the Tornados topped the Cobras in the tone-setting first game.
The Tornados placed a run across in the top of the first to open the game as Brittany Fowler reached on a leadoff single, advancing to third on throwing error by the pitcher on Brittany Tuckers sacrifice bunt attempt. Chelsi Mallory followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Fowler for the first run of the contest.
Mallory again came through in the clutch for the Tornados in the third inning, driving in Brittany Jones with a two-out RBI single to double the Brevard lead through three innings.
Virginia Intermont battled back in the sixth, tying the game with two runs in the frame as Kelli Porter hit a one-out solo home run, while Ashley Fields singled in Rachel Cook to even the game.
Clemens and VIC starter Bailee Packett matched each other with scoreless frames in the seventh, sending the game to extra innings.
Brevard responded with a huge inning in the top of the eighth as Tucker, Alyssa Miller, Meredith Davenport, Emily Boykin, Brittany Jones and Fowler all drove in runs in the frame as Brevard put six hits on the board in the inning to take an 8-2 lead heading into the final at-bat.
Clemens retired the side in order in the bottom half of the eighth to close out the game for the Tornados.
Fowler, Mallory and Davenport all had two hits apiece for the Tornados in the contest, while Mallory led the way with her two RBIs. Clemens went the distance in the game, striking out six while scattering five hits in the win.
Game Two: Brevard 10, Virginia Intermont 7
Brevard plated 10 runs over the final three innings, with Tucker providing the pop from the plate with a bases-loaded double in the sixth, and followed with an RBI single in the seventh to propel the Tornados to the season sweep over the Cobras.
Samantha Perry-Shifflett opened the scoring in the game, snapping a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with a solo home run to give the Cobras the early lead.
Brevard battled back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth as Mallory singled in Fowler and Clemens followed with an RBI base hit plating Tucker to give Brevard a short-lived lead as the Cobras came out swinging in the bottom half of the frame.
Virginia Intermont plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth, chasing BC starter Miller from the contest. Amber Palmer tied the game up, drawing a bases -loaded walk to knot the contest with one out in the inning. Porter put the Cobras ahead, reaching on a BC error, while Katelyn Mitchell added an RBI single. Tamara Campbell put the exclamation point on the frame, hitting a two-run single scoring Porter and Mitchell, before Clemens retired the side to end the threat.
Brevard continued to battle back in the top of the sixth, with Tucker swinging the big bat in the inning, hitting a bases-clearing one-out double to the gap, scoring Fletcher, Jones and Fowler to cut the Cobras lead to one at 6-5, heading into the final inning.
An error gave the Tornados their first base runner in the top of the seventh, and Brevard took advantage of a second Cobras error to plate the tying and go-ahead runs as Fletcher and Boykin scored on Fowler’s drive to right field. Tucker and Clemens added RBI singles in the inning, while Mallory recorded an RBI double to push the Brevard lead to 10-6 heading into the final three outs.
Porter and Cook hit doubles in the bottom of the seventh, plating the final VIC run in the inning, but Clemens retired the final batter on strikes to close out the contest in favor of the Tornados.
Tucker, Mallory and Clemens all had three hits apiece in the game, with Tucker driving in four runs in the BC victory. Miller went 4.1 innings in the start, striking out four, while Clemens picked up her second win of the day after the BC comeback.
Brevard returns home to the BC Softball Field on Saturday, April 14th, as the Tornados welcome Carson-Newman College for Senior Day, as well as their final South Atlantic Conference series of the season. The Tornados will recognize four year seniors Chelsi Mallory and Maddie Fletcher in-between the games of the doubleheader. First pitch between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 1 p.m.