Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s softball team faced a number of challenges in 2007-08, as the Tornados picked up 13 wins in their second year as provisional members of the NCAA Division II level and their first year as a South Atlantic Conference provisional member.
Like every other team at Brevard College, the women’s basketball team faced a tough schedule with the majority of the opponents being NCAA Division II members, including the eight South Atlantic Conference teams in which BC faced because of the fact that the Tornados are in their last season as provisionary members of the SAC.
Under first-year head coach Britne’ Stubbs, the Tornados finished the year with 13 wins, 11 wins more than they had last year.
After starting the 2008 spring season with three close losses to Pfeiffer University and Limestone College, the Tornados defeated the Lady Saints of Limestone College in game two of their double-header, which was the first of five straight BC victories.
In their five game winning streak, the Tornados defeated Limestone once and dropped both Virginia Intermont and Montreat College twice to move to 5-3 on the season.
BC then had their winning streak snapped at five games, when the Tornados split the twin bill with Lees-McRae College, losing the first game 4-0 before bouncing back to win the second game 3-2 in eight innings.
After falling in back-to-back games to Milligan College at home on February 24, the Tornados swept Mountain State University to move to 8-6 heading into the heart of their 2008 campaign.
The month of March was not kind to the Tornados, as BC not only battled the weather and had a number of games postponed or cancelled due to rain, but the Tornados posted a record of 0-10 for the month with six of those losses coming against three different South Atlantic Conference foes.
The Tornados slump continued into the early part of April, as again BC had two more double-headers washed out due to bad weather and loss their first six games of April to fall to 8-24 overall, before snapping their losing streak on April 14 with a 2-0 road win over Milligan College.
With the win over Milligan on April 14, the Tornados finished the season with a record of 5-3 over their final eight games, scoring wins over Milligan College, North Greenville, King College, and two over Montreat College to finish the season with a 13-27 overall record.
Offensively, the Tornados were led by junior second-baseman Katie Thornburg (Lincolnton, NC), who batted .298 on the year with a team-high 34 hits and 16 RBIs.
Sophomore third-baseman and designated hitter Jennifer Brown (Conover, NC) and senior utility player Amber Clontz (Hickory, NC) both led the team with two homeruns on the year, while Clontz was also tied for first on the team with eight doubles and second on the team with 15 RBIs.
Short-stop Kristina Clayton (Graham, NC) and senior utility player Lindsey Morgan (Mount Holly, NC) led the Tornados in steals, as both were 11-of-14 in the stolen base department on the season.
In the circle, the Tornados relied on the right arms of both sophomore Jennifer Gift (Durham, NC) and senior Aimee Rogers (Mebane, NC), as the two combined to start 39 of 40 games for the Tornados on the season. Gift finished the season with a team-high eight wins, including three shutouts, on the season, while Rogers had a team-low ERA of 3.78 for pitchers pitching more than one inning on the year.
While the Tornados will lose four seniors – Kristin Tettemer (Newport, NC), Lindsey Morgan, Amber Clontz and Aimee Rogers – head coach Britne’ Stubbs is excited about progress that was made over the 2008 season. With the combination of the experienced returners and a strong recruiting class for the 2009 season, the Tornados will look to continue to improve on their overall record as BC heads into full NCAA Division II membership.