BREVARD, N.C.-The Tornados knocked a season-best 16 hits on their way to a 15-5 thrashing of the Young Harris Mountain Lions at Gil Coan Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tornados blew the game open with a six-run 5th inning on their way to scoring a season-high 15 runs, headlined by three hits and five RBI’s from sophomore outfielder Matthew Proffitt.
After falling behind 3-2 in the top of the 4th, BC regained the lead with three runs in the home half of the 4th to go in front 5-3.
The Tornados then exploded for six runs on three hits and two Young Harris fielding errors in the 5th. Proffitt dealt the final blow of the inning with a bases-loaded double to center that cleared the bases and gave the Tornados an 11-3 edge after five innings.
After the Mountain Lions added a run in the 6th and 7th to cut BC’s lead to 11-5, the Tornados added another run in the 7th and three more in the 8th as they cruised to the victory. Proffitt had an RBI single in the 7th and followed Chad Fisher’s two-run single in the 8th with a two-out RBI base hit later in the inning.
Hunter Donaldson sparked BC’s offensive efforts with a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the 2nd, and added a sacrifice fly in Brevard’s three-run 4th.
Lefty reliever Dustin Haithcox (W, 2-0) pitched a scoreless 5th to earn the win, lowering his ERA to a minuscule 0.73 for the season.
The Tornados wrap their six-game homestand tomorrow afternoon as they host the Pfeiffer Falcons at Gil Coan Field at 3 p.m.