BREVARD, N.C.-The Brevard College baseball team split a doubleheader with Mars Hill University in nonconference action at Gil Coan Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Lions took the opener 7-4 before the Tornados rallied for a 5-2 win in game two to earn the split.
Game 1: Mars Hill 7, Brevard 4
The Lions scored seven runs over three innings to erase a 3-0 BC lead, beginning with three runs in the top of the 4th. The Lions pushed three runs across against freshman Dillon O’Kelley, who was lifted in favor of Blain Hooks (L, 0-1) after failing to get an out in the 4th.
After tying the game at 3-3 in the 4th, the Lions tagged Hooks for two runs in the top of the 5th on two hits and a pair of wild pitches.
A Chip Helton sacrifice fly in the BC 5th made it a three-run game but a trio of MHU relievers kept BC off the board over the final two innings. Tyler Mericka got the final out and stranded a runner at second to earn the save for the Lions.
Helton got the Tornados on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd and Kody Spencer plated two on a sacrifice fly to deep center field to get BC a 3-0 advantage.
Game 2: Brevard 5, Mars Hill 2
The Tornados scored in four consecutive innings on their way to the win in the second game, all starting with a two-run 2nd.
Matt Proffitt reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on the throw when Chad Fisher, who reached on an error, stole second base. Freshman catcher Brayden Morris singled through the right side to score Fisher and take a 2-0 lead.
BC added another run in the 3rd after Brock Helton tripled and scored on a wild pitch to put BC ahead 3-0.
BC starter JD Chaplain tossed three scoreless innings for the Tornados, exiting in favor of Ryan Mercer (W, 1-0) after the 3rd inning. Chaplain allowed only two base runners while fanning a pair of Lions.
Mercer held the Lions to just one run over three innings, striking out two while scattering four hits to earn the win. The Lions scratched a run against Mercer in the 4th on an infield single, and added a solo homer against BC righty Bennett Hixson in the 7th for their only offense.
BC scored a run in the 4th on a Matt Proffitt RBI groundout and tacked on another in the 5th on an Eric Renegar RBI single through the right side.
The Tornados gear up for a three-game series this weekend with conference foe Wingate University at Gil Coan Field. The series opens on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., and the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday.